Up-and-down shooting and the lack of a consistent third scorer hurt the Whitnall girls basketball team this past season.

"When we lost, we shot less than 25 percent (from the field)," coach Keith Larson said. "That's not going to win you many games. Because of that, we had a tendency that when we fell behind, it was an uphill battle to come back. It was tough to get back on track."

The Falcons finished 12-11 for the season, including 7-9 in the Woodland Conference. They won seven straight at one point but then followed with a 1-6 stretch.

"We had an up-and-down, streaky season," Larson continued. "For the most part, we played fairly well, and the girls remained upbeat through the whole season."

Despite the team's struggles at times, senior forward Sierra Grubor enjoyed a fine season, averaging 18.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals in earning Woodland East Division Player of the Year honors.

She set school records for career points (1,185) and season points (431).

"You always look at her scoring," Larson said, "but the other parts of her game are strong as well."

Senior post Jaden Kelley averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists in making the all-division second team.

"Jaden improved each season to become our only true inside scoring threat," Larson said, "and she was a team leader and helped mentor our six sophomores."

The problem for Whitnall was that no one else approached that level for scoring, although senior guard Jessica Knackert did earn honorable mention all-division because of her all-around game. She was always among the team leaders in assists and steals.

The Falcons will lose seniors Knackert, Grubor, Kelley, Alexis Navarette, Abby Franckowiak and Sam Benzinger, so some rebuilding will be in order next season.


The Panthers struggled through a 3-20 season in 2016-17, and lack of offense was the primary culprit.

Greendale started out 3-1, including a victory over Whitnall, but then never won another game. The Panthers only scored more than 40 points in one game the rest of the way.

Their top scorer was junior guard Cassidy Sanchez at 10 points per game. She earned honorable-mention all-Woodland Conference West Division.

Greendale's lone senior was guard Sam Wicks, so the Panthers will have plenty of experience back next season for their second year under coach Tim Hogan.