COULEE DAM — When Adna girls basketball coach Jeff Peasley began reviewing film of Class 2B state quarterfinal opponent Lake Roosevelt, a chill went up his spine.
The Raiders were just like his Pirates, and it made him nervous.
“The more I watched, and the more I read about them, there’s so many similarities that it’s eerie,” Peasley said.
Lake Roosevelt has no seniors on its roster. Adna has only one.
Lake Roosevelt coach Pee Wee Pleasants has a daughter (Dominique) that starts for the Raiders. Peasley’s daughter Madison starts for Adna.
Both teams are much improved over last season, when Lake Roosevelt finished 5-15 and Adna 11-11.
This season, both teams have had struggles, but seem to be peaking at precisely the right time.
Lake Roosevelt is coming off one of the biggest victories in recent program history, beating two-time defending state champ Colfax on a 3-pointer by Jada Desautel in the final seconds.
Playing neck-and-neck with some top-flight teams over the past two weeks has done wonders for Lake Roosevelt’s confidence, and the addition of a zone look on defense has made the Raiders more deceptive.
“It’s helped tremendously,” Pleasants said of the added defensive wrinkle.
Adna still goes to senior guard Taylor Hoke (16.1 ppg) in big-shot situations, but became more reliant on other players as the season wore on.
“We’re still working on consistency, but we try to play with a good team concept,” Peasley said. “It’s scary when one kid goes nuts, because if she doesn’t have a good night, what do you do? We’ve been relying more on each other.”
Lake Roosevelt has three players averaging in double figures, but none more than Roweena Antone’s 12 per game.
Yet another similarity in this matchup of mirror-image squads.
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