Amanda Miller and Lindsey Schauble have a special under-standing on the basketball floor.
Miller, a senior, and Schauble, a junior, have only played basketball together for three years at Kamiakin, but they also play volleyball and track and field together. The pair has seemingly spent half their life competing in sports together.
And it has paid off in basketball.
The two post players are key cogs in the Kamiakin machine that has gone to state the last three seasons and can make it a fourth with a victory over University High of Spokane at 6 p.m. today at Richland High.
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“We have played like eight seasons together,” Schauble said. “So we have this weird connection. We have perfect passes to each other and she is just a really good teammate. I always know where she is going to be at and we just make eye contact (and know what the other one will do).”
The last few games, the pair has gone off. Both have had double-doubles the last three games as the Braves finished second in the District 5/8 tournament and moved within a win of state.
“Lindsey and I have played together a long time,” said Miller, who is going to Eastern Oregon to play volleyball in the fall. “We work well together. We know it is the playoffs and us posts have to step up and be ready.”
While Kamiakin’s offense is geared toward its guards, teams lately have been keying in on Holly Ellison and Sira Toure, leaving the big bodies underneath open.
“Our guards have supplied a lot of our points, so teams are trying to take away that option from us right now,” Kamiakin coach Lane Schumacher said. “That is forcing us to go to our posts, and I’m glad that they have stepped up and taken the challenge.”
Schauble and Miller, along with Maysun Wellsandt and Tabitha Wellsandt, are also key players in the Braves’ full-court press, which starts up front with the guards, but is especially effective because teams struggle to get it past the athletic posts of Kamiakin.
Schauble does the high jump in track, while Miller throws the javelin. Both events require significant athletic ability, and it shows during the press.
“We don’t let our people get the ball,” Schauble said. “We don’t let anything get past us. We know how to get around and to front the posts. If we get beat, we have time to recover.”
“Lindsey is so athletic and long, she creates a lot of havoc,” he said. “Amanda does such a good job of anticipating and knowing where to be on the floor. She comes up with a lot of steals.
“You can’t have any weak link in that press or they will take advantage of it. (Our posts) do a good job of stepping forward and intercepting passes, and making those rotations.”
That will be key against University today, as the two teams know each other extremely well. This will be the sixth time in two seasons the teams have met, including a 52-42 victory at University last week in a district semifinal game.
“It’s going to be tough,” Schauble said. “We are 5-0 against them. It will definitely not be an easy team to beat. They will be out for blood.”