As Scott Bullock recently looked over his roster, he made a bold statement.
“Honestly, it’s one of my favorite group of girls to work with in my eight years at Woodinville as a head coach,” he said. “They are young but these girls work hard and have great chemistry and leadership.”
The Falcons finished last season at 14-9, and coming down the stretch the team seemed to really gel. But Bullock regards this year’s squad as ahead of the curve in terms of chemistry. He points to the seniors as the source of that cohesion.
“I am very pleased with the leadership of the seniors,” he said. “Each one of them could be a lone captain all by themselves. I’m glad I have four of them. Their work ethic is the best I’ve had. Their chemistry, there’s no drama. They’re fantastic girls who come from fantastic families.”
The three seniors referenced are guard Rachel Schenck, forward Gabby Phillips and center Addison Farner.
“Each of them lead in a different way,” Bullock said. “Gabby is one of our best inside players. She’s very versatile and crafty. She knows how to score in a lot of ways. Addison is probably our best rebounder, someone who is really aggressive and gets after it. And Rachel is probably the most verbal. An excellent leader. She’s left-handed and has a lot of quickness. And to parlay off that, she’ll be playing with her sister Regan. Regan is a freshman and is the quickest girl on the team and will be one of the quickest in the league. She’s very talented and is going to play a lot and we will see tremendous things out of her.”
The fourth captain is junior guard Emily Spencer.
“Emily is the one with the most tenure,” he said. “She’s only a junior, but she was the first Falcon to ever play as a freshman. So this is her third season on varsity. She has the most on-floor experience and is one of the most tenacious defenders in the league. [She] puts tremendous pressure on the ball, really gritty and tough. And is someone that I love to coach.”
In addition to the aforementioned Regan Schenck, the other incoming freshmen have Bullock excited for future seasons.
“They are a tremendous group and all will contribute in some way,” he said. “Madison Lundquist is a 6-foot freshman who can run like a deer. She will be fun to coach. Nikki Zaback has a couple brothers who played football at the school. If they had girls football she would be one of the stars of the team. She’s a very aggressive girl. And Kennedy Selway is the fourth freshman [at point guard]. A great class. All will contribute, and we will have them for four years. Before they’re done I guarantee we will see a lot of success from this talented group of girls.”
Bullock also expressed enthusiasm for others on the roster, including Gabi Glessner, who runs track and brings more speed to the team.
The Woodinville coach will spend the first few games of the season trying out various player combinations before settling on some sort of rotation. The season officially opens with a road game against Redmond on Dec. 5.
“We will play very up tempo,” Bullock said. “With our guards we can play three guards [simultaneously]. In my years in the program these are the quickest guards we’ve had.”