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Richland Girl's Basketball: Learning to Believe

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Sometimes all you need is a hope, a belief that something amazing can happen. With Richland Girl's Basketballl, out of a ton of change came belief and then success.

The Richland Girl's Basketball Program has been anything but stable the past two years. There have been 3 coaches in 2 seasons. This fall, then head coach Kristen Davis resigned, leaving a void. In stepped assistant principal Jerry Riggs, better known as 'Coach #3'. Riggs has 13 years of coaching experience but had not been on a sideline since 2005.

"When you get into the administration, you figure your coaching career is over, and that maybe the next time you coach will be your own child's youth sports, maybe soccer, baseball, basketball, whatever it is," said Riggs.

His task was a difficult one, transforming a team shaken by change and one with little belief they could be great.

"We, as a team didn't think we were going to get as far as we are today," said sophomore point guard Britney Pringle. "We kind of thought this would be a fresh start and we'd have to rebuild everything."

"We had to work together and build up some confidence, and instill some things in the kids," said Riggs. 

Riggs, the motivator, inspired Richland to a 16-2 regular season and a top 10 ranking in the state. That all led to a district final date with Chiawana, Friday night.

There's still a long ways for Richland to go until March. However, the confidence is there even if those outside the program don't believe.