Girls’ basketball faces ‘bumps in road’

By Camille Shooshani

The girls’ varsity basketball team could not pick up where they left off last year at state playoffs, losing three consecutive games so far, setting their record at 2-5. On Dec. 6, the girls’ loss to Sierra Canyon snapped the teams’ three-year home win streak. The Wolverines gave up an 11-point lead and lost again at home two days later to El Camino Real High School 66-46.

“It’s early in the season, and there’s going to be bumps in the road,” captain Leslie Schuman ’12 said. “We’re a very smart team.”

Schuman is one of three returning varsity players this year, along with co-captain Natalie Florescu ’13 and Brooke Levin ’12. So far, Schuman and Florescu have dominated in points. Together, the two scored 34 of the team’s 47 points in the game against Sierra Canyon.

“Our role as scorers has really changed, but this could hurt our team later on,” Florescu said.

Point guard Alixx Lucas ’13 has the potential to put up more points as well, Florescu said.

“She gets to the basket well and even though she doesn’t always finish, she’ll get better,” Florescu said.

Despite the rough start, Schuman is confident the team will recover.

“We’re not in as deep a hole as people think,” Schuman said. “These are all learning experiences, and we have a lot to gain from these losses.”

After the loss of nine seniors in June, Head Coach Melissa Hearlihy must acclimate her seven new players to the varsity level.

“We knew we were going to have some issues with [rebounding] because of our lack of size,” Hearlihy said. “I think once we cut down on our turnovers, that’ll produce more points.”

“Coming up from JV, so much more is expected of you,” Lucas said. “The game is definitely faster, but that just makes it more fun.”