Girls’ B-Ball Drops NCS Semi, Advances to NorCal

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Sarada Symonds, Staff Writer

Girl’s basketball was knocked out of the North Coast tournament by Miramonte on February 27.

The game started out in the Cougar’s favor, when the team ended the first quarter leading 17-16. Senior Laura Hickey scored a layup in the last 10 seconds of the quarter, allowing the team to take the lead.

The team fell behind in the second quarter, going into half time 42-31. Miramonte players began defending on both sides of the court, which put them in an optimum position to steal the ball and score points on fast breaks.

During the 2nd half, Campo fought hard to regain their lead, but lost 85-66.

The team finishes the NCS tournament in 3rd place while Miramonte took 2nd place be virtue of their loss to Bishop O’Dowd High in the championship game. Campolindo finished ahead of John F. Kennedy High School, the other semi-finalist. Campolindo currently has a 23-5 record.

About their game against the Matadors, Courtney Seyranian said, “I think there was really great effort. We ran with them the entire game.”

Miramonte played aggressively, racking up fouls. “I think Miramonte was really digging themselves into a hole by fouling so much and giving us opportunities for foul shots,” said JV player Emily Lyall.

Miramonte has only lost one game this season. Seyranian said, “It’s always been an aggressive battle against Miramonte. This was our 3rd game against them, and now I think we will be more ready for it in the future.”

Campolindo advanced in the tournament after defeating Novato High School on February 22, which varsity coach Leslie Elgin said was “one of our best games of the year.” He added, “We played with heart and energy, and our defense was great.”

Hickey attributed the win to their early lead. “We came out really strong with a big lead early on. We reached double digits really quickly,” she said. The victory also qualified the team for Norcals, a regional completion for Northern California.

The team is now focusing on preparing for their first Norcal game on March 6 at 7:00pm in the Campolindo gym. The team is ranked 5 in the NorCal competition. “We’re ready to start practicing and come back for Norcals,” said Seyranian.

Lyall believes that the players did an impressive job. “I feel they played really well the entire game, and they’re going to come back strong next season.”