Girls’ basketball returns significant players

Chronicle Staff

With the 2013 season approaching, the varsity girls’ basketball team will look improve on their 14-15 overall record that it earned last year.

In 2012, the team lost in the second round of the CIF playoffs against Bishop Montgomery. Although the team is losing star guard Natalie Florescu ’13, who led the team with 13.6 points per game in 2012, the 2013 Wolverines believe they have the right personnel to make up for the loss.

“[Florescu] was a key player on our team and it will for sure be hard with out her,” forward Glenne Carter ’14 said. “But I think with the new freshman we gained the returning varsity players will step up and we will come together as a team and play hard.”

Guard Teeana Cotangco ’15 was second in scoring and led the team in assists last year, averaging 8.8 points and 2.1 assists per game.

With the numbers that she put up last year, Contangco is set to take on a leading role, but she envisions the Wolverines as a more team-oriented squad compared to 2012.

“The good thing about this year’s team is that we don’t have a main player to rely on and put all the pressure on,” Cotangco said. “We’re pretty well rounded and I think we play pretty well as a team. Though [Florescu] was a major impact in our offense, I think our defense now will step up and help put points on the board.”

“I think the strength of our team this year is definitely our speed and also just the love for playing basketball,” Carter said. “Our weakness is definitely our height on the team but our speed makes up for that.”

Forward Zoe Bohn ’14 will try to make up for the Wolverines’ lack of size with her aggression on the boards. Bohn snatched 7.3 rebounds per game and dished out 1.5 apg in the 2012 season.

In 2012, the Wolverines were 6-4 in league play, falling to both Chaminade and Alemany twice, while sweeping the rest of the league competition.

The gap was clear, as the team lost by 20 or more points in each of its four losses.

“Alemany and Chaminade play at a higher intensity level that some of the girls aren’t used to,” Cotangco said. “They both have high level players that play club and they also play an aggressive full court press.”

The girls’ basketball season will tip-off at home on Dec. 4 against El Camino.