It is a rare occurrence, but with the right mix of team chemistry, individual talent and relentless dedication, we sometimes come across an unparalleled level of play in high school sports. This is the case for this year’s Bellevue High Girls Basketball team. Already with a reputation as a state competitor, Bellevue’s stacked roster of collegiate bound players adds to their recently paved legacy. Three players are already signed to Division 1 universities, including University of Colorado bound Quinessa Caylao-Do, Portland State bound Tatiana Streun and Stanford bound Anna Wilson. The team is definitely living up to the hype— currently ranked first in state by the Seattle Times and 18th in the nation on the Maxpreps Xcellent 25.
“Our goal is to become state champions and be the best girls basketball team in Bellevue High’s history,” senior forward Mackenzie Keeter said.
Over break, Bellevue managed to defeat several teams including the nationally ranked Highlands Ranch from Colorado to win the coveted John Anderson division of the Nike Tournament of Champions. Streun was awarded to the all tournament team, and Wilson won tournament MVP. With four players averaging double-digit points, Bellevue runs a fast game. They are currently dominating the KingCo division at a startling pace, including defeating Interlake a staggering 79-15 and Sammamish 112-27. So what exactly is Bellevue’s upper hand? According to the players, being vocal and maintaining exceptional defense is key.
“We pride ourselves on defense. Our goal is to be legendary,” senior guard and four year starter Shelby Cansler said.
“We also pride ourselves on communication and team chemistry because if you are not supportive and close off the court it will be hard to be so on the court,” Streun said.
It surely appears like they are fulfilling these goals, and with an 11-0 start, Bellevue Girls Basketball does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.