In preparation for a very important season, the CB Women’s basketball team battles tough teams in the preseason starting off with an 8-6 record. Coming back from a section championship in the 2017 season, the girls hope to conquer yet another championship to bring home. Although they graduated two senior starters from last season, Kalani Mark’17 and Jessica Cooper’17, the girls have a strong starting five including Monet Brown’18, Chance Sims’19, Laney Prichard’20, Brianna Juniel’19, and Bria Shine’20. Senior Monet Brown averages about 7.2 points per game and Sophomore Bria Shine averages 5.3 points per game. Chance Sims and Laney Prichard work hard on defense averaging 2 .0 and 3.8 rebounds per game. With exceptional performance from junior Brianna Juniel averaging about 12.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds, the girls look forward to a strong season when league comes around.
Though a new coach was hired unexpectedly right before the season’s start, the girls were open to a new coaching style and overall dynamic of the game. Head coach Shandyn Foster’00 walked in ready to work with this group of girls, starting by giving them intense preseason challenges against some of the best teams in Northern California. Coach Foster had her own words describing her initial feelings about the season, “Entering this season, I was excited because I knew I was walking into an extremely talented team that had an amazing track record”, she states, “ With that said, It also made me nervous, I knew that expectations for this team were high and I had some big shoes to fill. But I knew that though there would be some bumps in the road, if I could gain their trust and if they would be willing to learn new things, we could do great things, TOGETHER!”. With high intensity from the new coach, the players are expecting nothing less than an excellent season. “The team works well together because of our chemistry and each person has something to contribute to each game”, four year varsity player Anna Clare Nelson’18 states, “I expect us to continue working hard and trying our hardest every game no matter what the outcome”. With this the girls plan to work equally as hard to achieve greatness.
With an intense season ahead of them Foster works on the overall development of her players “Just as much as it is up to me as a coach to aid them in their development it is up to them as well to take what’s being taught, fine tune it and put in into action”. As crucial as it is to foster her players athletic abilities, she plans to groom dedicated student athletes on the court and in the classroom, “On the court I expect them to respect coaches, players and opponents alike. I expect them to study the game as they would any other class”, she goes on to say, “I expect them to take these same expectations and apply them to the classroom as well as these are the things that will make them better people when they go out into the world”.
With an encouraging coach and positive attitudes towards their season, the girls enter every game confident in their ability to compete. They faced some of the best teams in Northern California including Elk Grove, Folsom, Saint Mary’s of Stockton, and Saint Ignatius. Beating Saint Ignatius and Elk Grove resulted in their National rank moving up 29 and their state rank moving up 3, to #84. With an impressive performance against the #6 team in the nation this week to build off of, the girls are very hopeful going forward for the rest of the season on the road to state.