Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Islander Girls Basketball Overpowered by University City in First League Game 42-18

Senior Kati Potter shoots a free throw at January 6th’s home game against University City.

The Coronado Islander girls basketball team competed in their first league game of the season against University City on January 6. And although the Islanders suffered a loss of 42-18, much was to be learned from their offensive play. This setback simply motivated the girls to practice a little harder, train a little longer, and shoot a little straighter. 

“As a team, we continued to rebound well with 39 rebounds, but we couldn’t turn them into any easy points. We had too many turnovers and were never able to get into rhythm on offense,” Coach John Coolidge shared. “The girls need to play together as a team instead of a bunch of individuals on the court.” 

A highlight of the night was junior Virginia Ryan, who used her height advantage to gain nine rebounds and five blocks. Freshman Maria Anaya came off the bench to collect a handful of rebounds and a steal. The girls’ defensive side was certainly strong, and they learned they had much more potential to their offensive side than they were displaying.

Junior Virginia Ryan prevents a University City player from making a shot. She would collect nine rebounds and five blocks throughout the game.

“Although we fell short on scoring points, the girls played hard until the final buzzer,” Coach Coolidge concluded. 

The Islanders’ record now stands at 1-12, but there are plenty more games to better their scoring. This next opportunity will be at the second league game of the season against Madison High School at home on Tuesday, January 17. 


Bella Villarin
Bella Villarin
Bella is a proud military brat who has been a resident of Coronado since 2015. She was born in Japan, and after a short stay in Virginia, traveled extensively throughout Asia while living in Singapore and picking up another language. A junior at Coronado High School, Bella can be found at the driving range or golf course when not in school, studying, writing, playing the guitar, or spending time with her family. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]