Pendleton - While Pendleton Heights has had a long run of successful girls basketball teams, they are beginning a new chapter with new head coach Holly Hollinger-Gutierrez. She is confident they will find the formula to continue a tradition of prosperity.
The Arabians enter the season with a strong core of returning seniors, including Kenzie Gustin, who was the second leading scorer from last year. Gustin posted 362 points, just one less than former teammate Kelsey Hubble. She was also tops on the boards with 154.
Meghan Dawson, Tiffany Wertz and Rachelle Tibbet also return to the line up. Junior Kiawna Cottrell will give the Arabians more inside power as she was the second leading rebounder from last season and led the team in steals. Because of a volleyball commitment, sophomore Quincey Gary was unable to return to the team.
“As a team, we’ve experienced a lot of changes, not knowing what to expect, myself and the girls,” said Hollinger-Gutierrez. “It’s been a great thing. They’ve worked hard and probably harder than they’ve ever worked.”