Spartans win three in a row under new coach | Sumner Girls Basketball

The Spartan girls have won three in a row, four games into the season. Sumner sits in second place behind the Enumclaw Hornets with a 2-0 conference record and 3-1 overall.

The Spartan girls have won three in a row, four games into the season.

Sumner sits in second place behind the Enumclaw Hornets with a 2-0 conference record and 3-1 overall.

The Sumner girls basketball team beat the Kentwood Conquerors 33-29 Saturday.

On Friday, the Spartans beat the Peninsula Seahawks 48-19.

And first year head coach Jordan Moog’s first win of the season was 58-44 over the Auburn Riverside Ravens on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Moog isn’t new to Sumner, she started coaching there after graduating from college in 2011.

She said she expects this year will be a challenging transition for Sumner.

“The girls are definitely ready and hungry to get back at it,” she said.

Moog added many of the girls remember the last two seasons ended one game shy of going to state and they “want to change it.”

When it comes to playing in the new league, joining Bonney Lake in the South Puget Sound League 3A, Moog said the team is excited.

A downfall last season, Moog said was the fact that Sumner “didn’t face much competition throughout our (2A) league other than White River.”

She said that didn’t help the Spartans prepare for the playoffs.

“This year in 3A, teams have to show up every night to get the win and I think that is a great aspect the 3A brings,” Moog said.

Entering this season, three starters from last year graduated.

When it comes to filling any holes left by those three, Moog said the Spartans “have some underclassmen who have really matured over the summer.”

She added she is excited to see how they step up this season.

Aside from losing starters due to graduation, Sumner is already faced with another challenge to overcome.

Starting sophomore Joy Mahnken tore her ACL in the first game of the season.

“She was a huge part of this team and our younger girls are now going to have to step up,” Moog said.

This season, when it comes to players to keep an eye on, Moog said SPSL 2A reigning most valuable player Jamie Lange “dominates inside and will be hard to stop.”

A new player for Sumner this season is a transfer student Jane-Allyn Norris who will be playing point guard.

“It will be fun to see what she can do (for us),” Moog said.

Senior guard Anna Hurd “is an incredible defender,” she said and another player to watch this season. “She can really get after it and is a great leader for our team.”

Captains this year for the Spartans is Lange and Hurd.

Moog added she is “excited to see how they continue to mold this team into their own.”

The Spartans hosted the Lakes Lancers Tuesday.

Scores can be found online at as soon as they become available.

Sumner’s next game is at 7 p.m. Thursday when the Spartans host the Auburn Mountainview Lions.

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