State run was the program's first since placing third in the tournament in 2010.
Rebuilding isn’t what Garfield’s girls basketball program expected after the young team reached the Class 3A state tournament championship game in March. But it will have to after second-year coach Lee Adams resigned Friday.
“I’m done at GHS and only hope for the best for them,” Adams said via text in confirming his departure. Bulldogs athletic director Carole Lynch said the position will be posted within the upcoming week.
Garfield (23-8) finished as state runner-ups, losing 51-48 to Gig Harbor in the title game. Sophomore center Dalayah Daniels, a Star Times pick, led the Bulldogs with 20 points and 15 rebounds against the Tides. Her return flanked by junior wing Samaiyah Tolliver and freshman guard Niveya Henley made the 2018-19 season intriguing.
Adams, an O’Dea alum, coached Holy Names Academy to a 200-88 record and 2011 Class 3A state championship during his tenure from 2002-13. The two-time Metro League Coach of the Year took the position at Garfield in 2016 after taking time to spend with his family.
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