Gabby Wade's coach wonders, what if?
Because of ongoing problems with both her calves, Wade sometimes has to skip conditioning drills during basketball practice with Western Washington University. While her teammates run, she’ll either do push-ups or ride a stationary bike. After practice, Wade will sometimes head for a workout on an elliptical machine.
“She has a lot of pain in her calves,” WWU coach Carmen Dolfo said. “She’s really struggled with it. It’s frustrating.”
Yet Wade, a second team all-state forward and track star at River Ridge, doesn’t complain. Nor does she miss games or practices. She guts it out.
Wade, a senior, has started all 18 games for the 17-1 Vikings, who play at Saint Martin’s on Saturday.
“It’s tough,” Dolfo said. “She’s had to curtail her conditioning. Sometimes it bothers her more than other times. She’s not in as great of shape as she could be.”
Even with the condition, Wade is second on the Vikings in rebounding, averaging 7.5 a game. She’s averaging 7.1 points, shooting 48 percent from the field. With healthy legs, Wade’s numbers would likely be better.
“She’s an amazing rebounder,” Dolfo said. “She’s a great driver. And she’s a great defender. She plays hard.”
As a junior, she played in all 28 games and started once, averaging 6.0 points and 4.9 rebounds. Wade sat out last season, redshirting, and working on her game.
“She’s really worked hard on improving her outside game,” Dolfo said. “Teams dropped off on her. Now, she’ll let it fly and she’ll hit her shot. She’s worked hard on her weakness.”
Wade’s hustling, pedal-to-metal effort in practice and games is contagious, inspiring her teammates.
“She’s a great leader,” Dolfo said. “She wants to win. Her teammates see that.”
HALL OF FAMERS
Saint Martin’s will add a couple of scorers and a hitter to the school’s hall of fame.
John Carr, Al Anderson and Justin Leone will be inducted into the SMU hall of fame Saturday.
Leone batted .372 his senior year and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round in 1999. He was named the Mariners’ minor league player of the year in 2003 and played infield for Seattle in 2004.
Carr led the 1958 Saint Martin’s basketball team in scoring with a 14.6-point average and was a four-year letterman.
Anderson played basketball for the Saints in the mid-1970s and still holds the school record for points in a season with 703, averaging 24.2 points per game. His 33 points in a half still stands as a school record.
The 1982-83 men’s basketball team that finished 28-5 will also be inducted into the hall of fame.
A reception for their induction will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Worthington Conference Center prior to SMU’s women’s game with Western Washington.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Whitney Scott and Krystal Smith when Southern Oregon plays at Evergreen on Saturday in women’s basketball.
The two seniors played high school basketball in the South Sound. Scott played at Black Hills. Smith played at River Ridge.
Scott leads Southern Oregon in scoring with 12.1 points per game, starting 19 games and playing in all 25. More than half of her shots are from 3-point range, where she’s 57-for-159.
Smith has played in all 25 games and started 11 at forward. She’s averaging 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds.
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