Girls shoot for stars in CIF playoffs

Ashley Perez, Staff Writer

Girls Basketball has had a great season this year. With things being a little different, as there is no jv team, Girls Varsity Basketball was able to shine and show everyone what they had in store.

Basketball, however, had an extensive set of rules that they had to follow. “We lost some players due to COVID. We did not get a lot of time to prepare our plays or work as a team since we had no summer league or PE class to prepare with,” junior Kaitlyn Gilbride said. 

Even though they did not have as much time to prepare for the season, they were still able to get practice and team rosters in before the official season started.With having limited players on the team,only a few select players would become starters and would not be switched around very much at all.

With these restrictions it has been harder for the team to have cohesive practices but they would not trade this experience for anything. “At the end of the day we come to play basketball, to do what we love. It does not matter what the season looks like as long as we get to play our sport,” junior Isa White said.

Despite the challenges, the team has been doing relatively well. Their record of 11 wins and seven losses,  puts them sixth in the Palomar League. They are currently ranked in place 11 in the CIF San Diego Section Playoffs. With key players like Kaityln Gilbride, Mariah Wingfield, and Claire Blanco as starters, they have been able to win these games and continue the season with wins. 

Without any returning seniors, most of the starting team are juniors with the exception of 6’1” freshman Mackenzie Parsons.. 

 “The whole season has had its ups and downs game wise,” Gilbride said. “We had a really tough Palomar League with some amazing teams so it was tough in that aspect. But I believe most of us had fun just playing together and doing our best. Even though we didn’t win all our games I still had a great time playing and getting closer to all our teammates,” she added. 

During this season, Coach Trousdale reached his 700-win mark, “I can personally say it has been amazing coaching under him these last six years, He has never had a losing season so that shows how great the program is. Watching him hit the 700 wins was truly inspiring” (Assistant Coach Carrisa Jones-Fletcher). 

The girls finished the regular-season with back-to-back games against Rancho Bernardo, a 49-70 loss and a 51-46 win May 27 and 28. They will be having their first playoff game at Mission Vista on June 2nd at 7pm. If they were to win that game, they would move on to play Imperial and RB on June 5th, also at 7.