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Kilgore a key to Lumberjacks’ success

Campus Canvass
By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Writer
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Taylor Kilgore got used to being a major component of a winning basketball program during her days at Forest Lake Christian. Now that she’s a starter for Humboldt State University, it’s happening again. The junior starting shooting guard has already helped the NCAA Division II school in Arcata post the best record in school history this season. The Lumberjacks are 22-6 after beating Cal State Stanislaus Tuesday night in the opening round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament, and their record can get even better if they defeat Cal State San Bernardino in the tournament semifinals on Friday. At Forest Lake, Kilgore led the Falcons to three Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championships as well as a state title in 2004. Humboldt State coach Joddie Gleason said Kilgore brought the winning mentality she developed at FLC with her when she joined the Lumberjacks. “She’s used to winning and playing in big games,” Gleason said. “She’s helped turn our program around. We’ve had the winningest record the program has ever had the last three years. She hates to lose on one hand and expects to win on the other.” Kilgore only averaged 7.6 points per game during the regular season, but she has a green light to shoot as far as Gleason is concerned — particularly from 3-point range. Kilgore has made 46 shots from behind the arc this season, a total that ranks among HSU’s top 10 single-season totals and was fifth-highest in the CCAA this season. She ranks third in the CCAA in 3-point shooting percentage. “It’s nice to have a player whom you’re surprised when she misses rather than surprised when she makes it,” Gleason said. “She’s one shooter who, when she’s open, is more than likely to knock it down.” “I’ve always been what you would call a shooter,” Kilgore said. “We have some really strong post players, and that helps in opening up shots for me.” Kilgore dreams of one day becoming a sportscaster. She’s majoring in communications and is minoring in business. Her ultimate goal would be to work for ESPN. “I love sports — they’ve always been a big part of my life — and I enjoy talking,” Kilgore said. “I’m hoping to put the two together and see where it takes me.”