Former Central Valley girls basketball coach Freddie Rehkow, who was named the 2017-18 National High School Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year, has been working with Scorebook Live to shine a light on girls basketball players and coaches across the state of Washington.
Rehkow recently caught up with former Central Valley High School stars Lexie and Lacie Hull, who are now playing at Stanford. Rehkow coached the twin sisters at Central Valley, winning 4A state championships in 2016 and 2018.
What is your best high school basketball memory?
Lexie: Winning the national championship in New York City my senior year.
Lacie: Winning a national championship or a second state championship. Both are very memorable but for different reasons.
The second state championship game was what we fought for so much because of the previous year’s loss. But, the national championship was just so amazing and the best way to finish my high school career.
What impact did your high school coach have on you?
Lexie: He was a big part of the success that our high school team had during my four years at Central Valley. More than that though, he taught me what it meant to work hard and prepare for everything you want. Our team was prepared for every game we played and it was due to the hard work he did when we weren’t watching. I think the biggest lesson I can take away from having him as my coach is to care. It means so much to me to know that he truly cared for me and my team.
Lacie: He taught me how to work hard, know the game, and trust the process.
Who is the best player you played against in high school?
Lexie: Evina Westbrook. She now plays for Tennessee and it was fun to be able to play against her again this year.
Lacie: Hmm… I played against many very great players over my high school career. The best player I played against would probably be Evina Westbrook.
Do you have any advice for today’s high school players?
Lexie: The biggest advice that I can give today’s high school players is to get time outside of practice time to work on your game. Yes you get shots up and work on your ball handling in practice, but it’s the work you put up during your free time that is really going to set you apart from other players.
Lacie: Give it your all everyday in practice and outside of practice to make yourself and your teammates better. Don’t forget to have fun with it.
What is your opinion about AAU and high school basketball (the recruiting process in general)?
Lexie: High school basketball was really fun for me because I had the opportunity to play with my friends whom I had known for many years. AAU was fun too, but it was with different people from all over. It was different. For high school I got to see my teammates every day, so we had really strong relationships. For AAU I’d see my teammates once a week for practice and then for a weekend here and there for a tournament. For the recruiting process though, AAU played a much bigger role. I don’t think that you are as greatly exposed to college coaches on your high school team as you are on an AAU team. I personally don’t think you will be seen by the top schools unless you play AAU.
Lacie: I think AAU is a very important part of the recruiting process that puts you in front of college coaches. I loved playing on my AAU team but have heard of other teams that had players who were out for themselves and the team didn’t really show teamwork. I think that while playing in front of college coaches can change how some players play, it is very important to get exposed and seen. High school basketball was an absolute blast and something that I will cherish forever. It was so fun and built so many friendships that will last a lifetime. My opinion about AAU and high school basketball is all positive. I think that I had such a great experience with it because of the people who I was surrounded by, whether that be my teammates or my coaches, everybody made it so enjoyable.
What was your favorite high school gym and rivalry?
Lexie: My favorite high school gym was definitely my home court at Central Valley. It was such an amazing feeling to be able to play in front of my friends, family and such devoted fans. I love the UHigh-CV rivalry. I think the rivalry game for every sport is one the best games of the season. You know it’s going to be competitive and you know a lot of people are going to be there, so that makes it the most fun to play in and watch.
Lacie: Central Valley and the rivalry with U-High.