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Chiawana Girls Want to Fly to The Top

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PASCO, Wash. -- On Friday, the prep basketball season gets into full swing. Make sure you watch Sports Finale Friday night for all the highlights.

One team that goes into the season thinking they've got the tools to fly high, the Chiawana Riverhawk Girls.

The Riverhawks return all their players from a year ago. It is a team that finished 7th in state. Rest assured, there are high expectations in the Riverhawks nest.

"They all know what the expectation is," said Chiawana Head Coach Steve Davis. "They kind of want to set their own goals and have consequences if they don't reach those goals. So, I told them if they want to do that and they're going to allow me to do the consequences, it could be interesting."

"We can't let it get to us as a team," said Mikaela Rivard. "We still have to play hard and it's going to be hard. Everyone is going to know who we are this year."

"It's like no pressure because you already know where you are going to go," said Melanie Valdez. "So, that's like the only thing you're looking forward to is getting there, #1."

Chiawana should expect success. In the program's 1st year of existence last season, it won a district title, placed 2nd in regionals, and 7th in state. Plus, the whole team is back, giving them a head start to this year.

"We don't have to do a lot of teaching abput the philosophies and the ideas of what we are trying to do," said Davis. "All the kids know their roles and accept their roles. So, that's really exciting."

"We don't have to get used to each other," said senior forward Shelby Ellsworth. "We already did that last year. So we already have that, we have a nice flow on the court."

It's clear the Riverhawks ultimate goal, winning a state crown. Chiawana's first step in doing so, it's season opener Friday night at home against Kennewick.

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