With lots of new talent, Mount Si girls basketball team looks to make their own mark

Sally Nelson, Kylie McLaughlin - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Sally Nelson, Kylie McLaughlin
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

The Mount Si girls basketball team doesn’t want to call it a rebuilding season. And Coach Megan Botulinski agrees. True, the Wildcats bring back just two seniors and two juniors, but they’ve got a group of freshmen from a strong Snoqualmie Middle School basketball squad. They may not have height, but they have energy, and coach and players see promise.

“We have a lot of strong kids here,” said Botulinski. “We just have to get our group going and work together.” She’s looking to senior point guard Kylie McLaughlin and post Sally Nelson to guide this group. The two are ready.

“There’s a lot of new talent this year, which is exciting, because it’s a lot of new skills we haven’t seen before,” said Nelson.

“Playing in the offseason has brought us together,” said McLaughlin. “We have a lot of chemistry outside of basketball. It shows on the court.”

There’s a lot of talent spread around this team, and “we’re all pretty level on the playing field,” said Nelson, who’s excited about newcomers like Annie Hiebert and Bre Bolves.

Then you’ve got those strong ex-SMS players like Mady Privatsky and Hayden Frederick.

“It feels really good to be back,” said junior point guard Elizabeth Prewitt, back for her third year on varsity. “It’s going to be a fun year. We’ve got a lot of new players, and young, but talented. We’re all working hard together. I’m really excited.”

One of the team’s dependable shooting veterans, Prewitt played on a club team and trained in the summer, hitting the gym and lifting weights. Now, she wants to work on her vocal leadership.

After showing an example of determination on the court, “I want to bring that other part, of voicing,” she said.

“We really have developed a whole new team,” said Botulinksi. “It’s going to be about strength, about coming together.”

The girls will have to be on their game in this challenging league. Reloaded Bellevue, Mercer Island and Juanita teams will be the ones to beat.

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Shooter Elizabeth Prewitt is back for her junior year, third season on varsity.

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Mount Si girls basketball upcoming games

Wednesday, Dec. 11

• Mount Si hosts Cedarcrest, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

• Mount Si at Lake Washington High School, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14

• Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

• Mount Si at Interlake, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 20

• Mount Si at Liberty, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10

• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

• Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17

• Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

• Mount Si at Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24

• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31

• Mount Si at Juanita, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

• Mount Si at Sammamish, 7:30 p.m.


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