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Class 2A girls basketball story of 2019-20: One of the primary reasons Ellensburg has hit 'peak level' is its inclusion of mental training

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Editor's note: This is the third of a five-part series on what Scorebook Live has selected as the Washington high school girls basketball story of the year this season. The 2A subject is the Ellensburg Bulldogs.

The running joke around 2A Central Washington Athletic Conference girls basketball circles is that Ellensburg High School has more talented 6-foot players on its bench than the rest of the league has combined.

That is how deep the Bulldogs' roster is, led by all-state candidate Dylan Philip.

And it is a big reason Ellensburg has gone from being a fifth-place team in the CWAC a year ago (16-9) to being the class of the league (22-0) - and ranked No. 1 in the state.

"We will play up to 10 players," said second-year Bulldogs coach Jeff Whitney, who is a familiar face in town. He spent 14 seasons as the women's coach at Central Washington University (1997-2011).