After achieving success for the past few years, the Woodinville High School girls basketball team is ready to defend its status as a top contender this season.

“When we stepped back in the gym for the first time, it felt like we hadn’t been together as a team in forever,” senior point guard Veronica Sheffey said during a practice on Nov. 18. “We have a pretty new team this year, so it feels good to get back on the court.”

The season will open with a jamboree against Glacier Peak High School and Snohomish High School at WHS on Nov. 27. The first league game is scheduled against Tumwater High School on Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. 

WHS head coach Scott Bullock said Tumwater competed in the 2019 state tournament under the 2A classification, which will make for an “exciting matchup.” 

“We welcome anybody in the community who would like to come out and watch us play,” Bullock said.

Due to the shortened five-game season in the spring, he said, only the junior and senior players have participated in postseason competitions. The team managed to complete the brief season undefeated, beating each team by more than 15 points.

“Last year was probably one of our better teams ever,” he said. “It was unfortunate, but we have a really good squad this year.”

WHS has won the league championship game for the last four seasons, Bullock said.

About four teammates who played in the 2019-20 WIAA 4A state tournament for Woodinville returned this season, he noted. The Lady Falcons snagged second place in the tournament. 

The number of student athletes dipped slightly, Bullock said. The team won’t have a C-squad this year like several other schools in the league, he added.

For seniors Tatum Thompson and Sheffey, this basketball season is the end of an era. The two friends (and teammates since the fourth grade) both signed National Letters of Intent at different universities. Thompson will head to Boise State University in the fall, and Sheffey will attend the University of San Diego.

Thompson, who stands just above 6-feet-tall, said she wasn’t always taller than Sheffey (5’9”). As children, Sheffey almost had a whole foot over Thompson.

“It’s been both of our dreams to make it to this point,” Sheffey said. “It's just crazy that we got to go through the whole process together.”

Another player Brooke Beresford was a freshman when the Lady Falcons qualified for the state tournament, Bullock said. Now as a junior, she is more eager than ever to compete in a regular season. He described her as a “really pivotable player.”

Bullock said he looks forward to playing at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., on Jan. 17. In an invite-only matchup, WHS will face Tahoma High School. 

“The girls have had a lot of success in the past,” he said. “They have goals and they’re hungry for more.”

WHS varsity girls basketball schedule:

  • Thursday, Dec. 2 – Tumwater High School (away), 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 – Issaquah High School (home), 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 – North Creek High School (away), 6:50 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 17 – Inglemoor High School (away), 8:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 18 – Bothell High School (home), 5:40 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 20 – Eastside Catholic School (away), 7:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29 – Everett High School (away), 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 5 – Todd Beamer High School (away), 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 7 – Mount Si High School (home), 6:50 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 8 – North Creek High School (home), 5:40 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12 – Eastlake High School (away), 7:15 p.m. 
  • Friday, Jan. 14 – Redmond High School (home), 6:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 – Skyline High School (away), 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 22 – Bothell High School (away), 6:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 – Inglemoor High School (home), 7:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 28 – Glacier Peak High School (home), 6:50 p.m.

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