When Sonya Elliott took over the West Seattle girls basketball program five years ago, things looked bleak. The team was lacking proper equipment, funding was minimal, and the girls basketball team had not had a winning season in 40 years.
“There wasn’t a lot of support, and the girls didn’t want to try out, because there hadn’t been a lot of success in the past,” said Elliott, who is also a model and an author.
The change has been incremental: The Wildcats won just three games the first year Elliott took over as head coach. The next year they won four. In 2013, West Seattle exploded for a 14-10 record, and made it to the district tournament. West Seattle also received its first girls basketball gym banner for Metro Sound Division Champion, and Elliott was named Metro League Coach of the Year.
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