Flores picks Wildcats

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When it came to picking a school to continue her basketball career, McNary High School senior Kaelie Flores went with the one that stuck by her. “Central Washington University has been looking at me since I was in eighth grade, and they’ve stuck by me the entire time I’ve been developing as a player,” Flores said. “I like how supportive they’ve been of me and of their student athletes.” Flores signed a letter of intent to play for the Division II Wildcats during a ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at McNary. She made a second visit to the school last weekend and coaches at the school were already prepping her for the role she’ll play on the team. “They’re thinking a small forward, but they were already walking me through their system and sat me down with video to show me the types of players I would be defending against. It was pretty cool,” Flores said. Flores’s senior season is just starting, but she was a steady contributor as a junior -– averaging 13 points per game and five rebounds. Derick Handley, head coach of the McNary girls basketball program, said the biggest recent change in Flores’s game is being more aggressive offensively. “That’s come about because she’s realized she can be the scorer and the team leader and that got her...

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