So far, Miramonte women’s basketball has embarrassed the opposition. A scrimmage against Monte Vista ended 69-34 in Miramonte’s favor on Nov. 27, and Miramonte beat College Park 74-17 on Nov. 29, and Heritage 68-32 on Nov. 30. They beat Truckee 78-30 on Dec. 4 and beat Skyline 69-26 on Dec. 7.
Practice started Nov. 8, and the team plays preseason games until January. They train for the regular season by playing tougher opponents than they’ll find in DFAL. Last year, all of their preseason games were away, so this year, most of them are at home. They had to drive three hours to get to one scrimmage last year and did so again to play Incline and two other schools at Truckee High School Dec. 2. They won the tournament.
Miramonte will play in the West Coast Jamboree Dec. 28-30 along with 57 other teams, competing in Division III with fellow powerhouses Campolindo, Bishop O’Dowd, and other midsize East Bay schools.
Their first league game is Jan. 4 at Acalanes.
An obstacle this year is overcoming the absence of Stephanie Golden ‘10, who was recruited to Gonzaga University and was one of the top centers in the nation last year.
“People think that we’re going to be nothing without her, but we’re actually faster and more of a team, since it’s not just focused on one person,” said co-captain Liza Katz ‘11.
Key players this year besides Katz include co-captain Alyssa Johanson ‘11, Taylor Kizziee ‘12, and Janine Loutzenhiser ‘12. Three freshmen made the team, Allison Miller ‘13, Brianna Alfred ‘13, and Megan Reid ‘13, who has been starting at point guard or wing the last couple of games.
Last season, they came second in league and lost in the semifinals of NCS, with a 22-8 record.
Coach Kelly Sopak also runs the Cal Stars club team. “Almost everyone” on the Miramonte team plays on the Stars from March to July.
Because of the two years of experience with her teammates, “adjusting to the way people play has been easier for me,” said Reid.