Girls’ Basketball Remains Undefeated in League

Natalie Condon, Staff Writer

After losing key seniors, Alyssa Johanson and Liza Katz, the women’s basketball team is still staying strong. With a record so far of 21-0, the girls look to win both the DFAL league, and NCS.

“We weren’t predicted to be as successful as we have been so far. We focus on going on one game winning streaks every game,” said Devon McDonald ‘12.

The team also hosted the West Coast Jamboree, a very elite tournament that many good, experienced teams travel to, like Bishop O’Dowd and Windward, a team for LA which is currently third in the nation. The girls competed in the emerald division, and won it as well.

“We are looking forward to surprising some people this year, we have a great team with lots of talent which can take us far,” said Carly Gill ‘13.

Some key games coming up for the team are Dougherty Valley, and of course Campo.

“I am looking as far as going to state,” said Megan Reid ‘14. “We have a group of girls that work really hard and play well together.”

The Dougherty Valley game which took place on Friday, Jan. 13 was a tremendous win for the team. The girls won 72-69, which keeps them in first place for the league.

Their coach is Kelly Sopak, and this year they have four new players on the team. Three players came up from Junior Varsity, and one new freshman was added to the team as well. From JV, the players are Lindsey Buckle ‘14, Kacey Sorenson ‘14, and Hannah Silveira ‘14, while the one new freshmen is Kaitlin Fenn ‘15.

“The new players are still adjusting to the faster pace and more competitive aspect of high school varsity basketball, but we do have a deep bench, everyone can play and everyone fits based on what we strive to do,” said Gill.

The team has many strengths and few weaknesses. One weakness would be their lack of height, however they make up for it with their speed.

This year, the team dictates the tempo and the girls have started to play a lot more aggressively, which the coach has stressed vigorously. Sopak also stresses playing together, never giving up, and staying persistent.

At practice the team works a lot on their defense, along with other drills to help improve everyone on the team.

The womens basketball team poses for a picture after winning the West Coast jamboree hosted by Miramonte High School.

The system of play is very fitted to the team which makes Sopak’s job a whole lot easier because they play well with his coaching style.