By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The last four years had helped set-up Mya Adams to be one of the leaders on the West Salem Girls Basketball team this past season. It paid off as Adams assumed one of the senior leadership roles this year alongside Baylee Butler as the Titans went 16-9, won the Mountain Valley Conference and reached the 6A Playoffs.
“This year I knew I had to step it up being one of two seniors. I think we had taken to that leadership role, and I think I really stepped up to that side and lead my team,” Adams said.
Monday afternoon, in a conference room in the main office at West Salem High School, both Adams and Butler signed their Letter of Intents to play basketball at Lane Community College. The Titans reached the NWAC Final Four before falling to eventual Champions in Lower Columbia 77-70 up at Everett, Washington on March 26 to wrap up their 28-1 season.
Since 2017 alone Lane has gone 115-19 with an NWAC Elite 8 appearance and two NWAC Final Four Appearances. So, the duo knows of the high expectations that they are walking into this upcoming season but are excited for the opportunity ahead.
“I’m really excited and I think this team is really a magical team. They’re really together as a family, so I’m really excited to join them,” Adams said.
“It’s a breath of fresh air and I’ve been wanting to do this since I was younger. I’ve had my eyes on it forever and the fact that I’m here now is a dream come true,” Butler adds.
Adams was a first-team All-MVC while Butler was an MVC mention as the West Salem Titans hope to carry over being leaders for their High School Titans team for their new Titans team at Lane Community College.
“Going in we’re going to be at the bottom of the totem pole, we’re not going to be at that senior level-type of spot. So going in there as freshman, we got to bring our all like we did last year and show them that we can be leaders as well even though we’re younger,” Butler said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald