Hawaii Grown Report:
Gaddis finding a home on the basketball court with Whitworth
Early-season success for Whitworth's Courtney Gaddis
(Kalani '07) hasn't helped her bout with a major sickness.
"I am super homesick," she said. "I miss Zippy's really bad."
Gaddis says she's "actually surprised" about how much playing time she's received as a freshman for the Pirates. She is averaging nearly seven points and three rebounds in 17 minutes a game for Whitworth, which is 3-1 in conference play.
She saw a familiar face last Saturday when Pacific (Ore.) visited the Pirates. Boxers freshman Megan Kamehiro was a teammate at Kalani and one of her best friends.
"I wanted to cheer for her when I was on the bench, but I couldn't," Gaddis said. "It was kind of different."
Gaddis finished with five points and four rebounds in 17 minutes, while Kamehiro nailed a 3-pointer for Pacific in a 66-53 win.
Sophomore Holly Saito (St. Andrew's '05) played 12 minutes for Pacific, which also has Trixy Miller (Kamehameha '05) on its roster.
Johanna Sai (Kamehameha '07) also plays for Whitworth. She didn't play against Pacific, but has appeared in eight games this year.
Unlike Gaddis, Sai has settled into life away from home -- she says basketball helps
"I have my days, but it's not that bad," Sai said. "Basketball makes the time go by faster."
Gaddis may become a two-sport star -- she plans on trying out for volleyball in the spring.
"I'm going to try out the training in the spring," she said. "I'm considering it."
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