Friday, 12/16: High Tech High
On Friday, December 16, the Girls Varsity Basketball Team hosted High Tech High San Diego Storm for their second home game of the season. The first period wouldn’t bode so well for the Islanders as they trailed by a score of 16-3. Despite the early setback, the girls stepped it up by scoring eight points but were still down 29-11 after the second period. It simply was one of those games where baskets were hard to come by.
“It wasn’t a very good shooting night. There were too many turnovers from bad passes and not getting out on the wings for shots,” Coach John Coolidge shared.
However, with lessons learned comes positive outcomes. Sophomore Selena Herrera had eight steals, and seniors Anna Youngblood and Rikka Navaretta had 10 and nine rebounds, respectively.
Although the girls would lose 47-21, they certainly learned to develop teamwork and improve communication on the court.
Tuesday, 12/20: Calexico
On December 20, the Islanders hosted Calexico for their third home game of the season. Due to winter break, the team was missing quite a few players, but that certainly didn’t stop the Islanders from putting up their best fight against a team that had driven over two hours to San Diego.
The girls tallied 12 points at the half and wound up totaling 23 at the end of the game, marking the second-highest points scored for the season so far. However, it just wouldn’t be enough to defeat Calexico as the Islanders would yield 38-23.
“It was another tough game with too many passing mistakes which gave the opposition easy shots,” Coach Coolidge described.
Despite the score, there were still some major takeaways from the game. The Islanders played excellent half court defense and held Calexico to just a single 3-pointer.
Junior Virginia Ryan had eight rebounds and eight block shots. Senior Kati Potter contributed 10 rebounds, and Herrera would be the leading scorer once again with 11 points and six steals.
The coaches and players showed that they were more than just a win or a loss by enjoying a hearty meal of pizza before Calexico took their long bus ride home.
Catch the Islanders’ next home game on January 6th at 6 pm against University City.