Tom Drynan had a running joke with his daughter, Tayler, heading into the 2014-15 basketball season.
Drynan, a 1986 Butte Central graduate who played quarterback for the Maroons, told his daughter she didn’t have to do a whole lot while playing for Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. That’s because she was playing with two superstars in Otiona Gildon and Laura Stockton. Yes, that Stockton.
“We teased her going into the season that her job pass and clap,” Drynan said.
Tayler Drynan did a lot of passing and clapping during the season. She also hit a lot of big shots to help the Bullpups win their second straight Washington State 4A championship.
Drynan averaged about 5 points per game as a junior in the starting lineup with four seniors. Most of those points seemed to come at key situations.
For instance, Drynan hit a 3-pointer to put the Bullpups up 53-49 midway through the second overtime of the Gonzaga Prep’s 57-51 double overtime win against Inglemoor in the March 7 championship game at the Tacoma Dome.
Drynan played every second of that double-overtime championship game.
“She always came up hitting the end of game 3-pointer all year long,” Tom Drynan. “It’s been a dream season.”
The championship-game victory was the 50th straight win for the Bullpups, dating back to early in the 2013-14 season. They went 26-0 this season.
Tayler Drynan contributed off the bench as sophomore. Her goal this year was to start, which she did along with Gildon, Stockton, Oona Harrington and Lauren Weir.
Stockton, the daughter of Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, has committed to Gonzaga, while Gildon will play at Oregon. Harrington will play for the Saints at Carroll College.
Tayler Drynan is the granddaughter of Jim and Sheila Drynan of Butte.
Tom and Heidi Drynan live in Spokane and have four children, including 8th-grade twins Nick and Noah. Their oldest daughter, Kylie, attends the University of Washington.
Tayler is the first-cousin of Cole Harper, who is three-sport varsity athlete at Butte Central.
Tom Drynan said Tayler is unselfish — almost to a fault — on the court. When she wasn’t hitting a key shot, she was definitely doing a whole lot of passing. And clapping.
“She did whatever they asked her to do,” Tom Drynan said. “She had a blast.”