The Girls’ Basketball Season Will be a Slam Dunk


Lauren Kettner

Lindsey Yee, a freshman on the junior varsity team, practices dribbling the ball.

Lauren Kettner, Staff Writer

In the Ocean View Fall League in Huntington Beach, which ended on Oct. 28, the girls’ basketball teams created a great start to the program. Junior varsity finished 5-0 and fresh/soph completed with a 3-2 record during the fall league. Coaches and players are preparing for any new challenges this season, with the first home game on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. against Corona Del Mar High.

As the team continues improving, the program is implementing the new ideology of having games to celebrate hard work after practices.

“We try to create an environment where you love to come to practice and you have the enthusiasm. Your game will take care of itself, if you have the right mental approach,” head coach Brian Barham said.

With an all new coaching staff, new styles are creating a better team.

“[The new coaching staff] works directly with technique and correcting everything to get better at it,” sophomore Junior varsity player Donia Maymoun said. “They all analyze the games and let us understand what we need to work on.”

Freshmen continue to surprise returning players with technique and speed. Both levels are mixed with ages and experiences.

“I think the best feature of the new freshmen is their friendliness and their ability to push through all the hardships,” sophmore JV player Madelyn Noh said. “During practice, a lot of the time, we can all be tired, but with the new freshmen around it helps us push ourselves.”

With a new and exciting team, each member makes an impact.

“I’m thinking that Allyson [Tabayoyong] is probably the best player because she spent her entire life playing basketball,” Noh said. “She’s so dedicated, and she always goes to the trainers.”

The coaching staff provides great outlooks for upcoming games. The head coach is proud of the improvement of all levels and is ready to show their skills at home.

“I want our student body to be proud of our program [when they watch our games],” Barham said. “I want our kids to shine in front of their peers and to show who they are.”