HILLSBORO, Ore. — Moses Lake High School girls basketball has had a handful of players participate in the Northwest Shootout.
Carly Noyes, Jordan Loera, Jessie Loera, Jamie Loera and Abby Rathbun — all Division I athletes — played in the game. This year, Moses Lake will be represented from the sideline. Head coach Matt Strophy will lead the Washington all-stars against Oregon’s collection of talent April 13 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Ore.
“It’s definitely humbling and a huge honor for me to be considered,” he said.
Strophy was also afforded the opportunity to choose his assistants. Moses Lake assistant coach Brant Mayo will reprise his role in the all-star game and former Chiawana head coach Steve Davis will also be on the sideline with Strophy. Davis and Strophy were friendly rivals for the duration of their careers and, with Davis resigning after this past state tournament to spend more time with family, Strophy thought it was appropriate for them to spend at least one game on the same side.
“It was kind of neat that I was able to select the people I wanted to work with,” Strophy said.
Strophy mused that his style of play predicated on defense and rebounding may be difficult to impose in an all-star game format, but the Washington roster should have no problem locking the opposition down.
“I want to be a good rebounding team, I want to be a good defensive team because that will only help our offense,” he said.
The Associated Press’ player of the year in all classifications Oumou Toure of Kamiakin highlights a stacked roster. Toure scored over 2,000 points in her high school career and will suit up for Butler University next season. Columbia Basin Big Nine rival Ashlee Maldonado of Sunnyside is also part of the Washington team. Maldonado is headed to Santa Clara University in the fall.
“It’s an impressive group of talent, that’s for sure,” Strophy said.
According to Strophy, the Washington team has beaten Oregon the past 10 years.
To keep the streak going, Strophy will have to do some research on his southern rivals.
“I looked at the names and not one of them I recognized,” he said.