Liberty girls welcome new coach

December 3, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

After only one senior graduating, the Liberty High School girls basketball roster is largely identical to last year’s. The only difference is the man leading the squad.

First-year coach Curtis Terry will lead the Patriots, and he’ll rely on his returning nucleus of players to make the transition easy.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

“We have juniors and seniors on the team. Everybody played varsity last year, so I think we have a great starting point,” he said.

Returning point guard, and team captain, Sierra Carlson is a key returning player for the Patriots, while Terry said he expects junior forward Avery Granberg to have a big year as well.

“The one thing that I noticed is that we have girls that are committed to getting better and they’re committed to basketball,” he said. “They want to improve, they want to have a good team and they want to leave a legacy when they graduate from Liberty.”

The Patriots finished with a 13-11 record last year, and with an experienced team in place, Terry said he expects to see improvement throughout the season.

“We’re not where we want to be right now, but I think we’re taking the right steps and the right strides to ultimately be the team that we want to be, come the end of the season,” he said.

Terry comes to Liberty after working as an assistant at Auburn Riverside; before that, he starred on the court, playing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He graduated from University Place’s Curtis High School in 2004.

He said the timing was right to make the jump to his first high school head coaching position, but he doesn’t come without experience, after coaching the select team Emerald City Basketball Academy.

“I applied and the more I got to learn about Liberty, the more I think it’s going to be a good fit,” he said.

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