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Girls Basketball Lights Up League, Competes in CCS

The varsity girls basketball team ended an amazing CCS run late last month, after a season
where the team exceeded all expectations. In an intense CCS quarterfinals game against their rivals, Mountain View High School, with whom they share this year’s SCVAL championship title, the girls lost by two points.

“I think we played really well,” captain senior Ideen Seyed said. “We gave it our everything and it was a great season.” The girls had a commendable season filled with various
highlights, from upsetting Mountain View High School at the beginning of the season to Ideen breaking her personal record by scoring 35 points in one game against Fremont
High School.

With majority of the team comprising of underclassmen, the team exceeded expectations, ending their season sharing the league champion title with Mountain View with a record of 11-1.

“Inexperience hindered our team at the beginning of the season,” junior Meghan McDermott said. “It’s just a totally different level, especially for the freshmen from middle school to high school basketball. A lot of them did make that transition which was good. Next year will be fun because they’ll be more experienced than they were at the beginning of this year.”

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The team placed an emphasis on working together, an effort that paid off as their
cohesiveness became apparent in their success.

“It was like, ‘Oh are we gonna hang out with the freshman,’” Ideen said. “But the girls became my best friends and the chemistry we had off the court really portrayed how we played on the court. We really just played well together.” After a successful season, Ideen, senior Glenda Vargas and senior Tianna Vazquez will be graduating this year.

“It’s really a bummer,” Meghan said. “Glenda adds a lot to our team spirit and is definitely one of the leaders on and off the court; Tianna has been really strong offensively and defensively, just an overall tough player; and Ideen’s one of our starters who’s definitely been a huge part of the team, scoring [14.8] points per game which is pretty crazy, so that will be missed. She was really our only three point shooter too, so we have to figure out next year who our three point shooter will be. That’s definitely a gap we have to fill on our team.”

In preparation of our next season, some girls will be training on club teams and when the school year ends, a summer league will compete against other schools from the area.

“It still hasn’t sunk in that we actually won the league and that’s pretty sweet title to have,” Meghan said. “It will be fun to add 2013 to the banner.”

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