Las Lomas girl’s basketball is looking to end the season on a strong note. The Knights have an 8-8 season record which is already has wins than last year’s team that went 6-20. “ I can confidently say my team has performed well above my expectations.” said senior Ayana Aichele; “Only a week into the league, we have already won more games than we did all of last season, which is a huge accomplishment in my eyes.” The Knights are looking to make the NCS playoffs, which they missed last year. The last time they were in the playoffs was two seasons ago in the 2017-2018 season, but they lost to Cardinal Newman in the first round.
One thing about the team is the high number of underclassmen on the roster which includes three freshmen and five sophomores. Aichele talked about the importance of helping them develop, “I have done my small role to prepare the new members by simply reminding them to let go of mistakes during a game and not let it get to them. I remember how hard I was on myself as a sophomore on varsity guarding a Senior so I try to be the one to tell them. We are all preparing and training hard every day.”
This year’s team has surely improved from last season. “There’s been a number of improvements this season but the one that stands out most is how much our team chemistry has developed. We had our fair share of rough patches last year between teammates but this year it is clear how much we all get along and support one another. I believe our new team bond shows on the court as well since we won 3rd place in the West Coast Jamboree in December,” said Aichele when asked on the improvements of this year’s squad. The amount of underclassmen on this team means the team is looking to have more success in future seasons.
Looking on to the rest of the season, the team is heading into their league games and looking for success. The team has one more battle of the creek game with Northgate on January 31st (they lost the first one 76-66). On the rest of the season, Aichele said, “I think the rest of the season will end positively whether we make it to NCS or not. We have all been putting in hours of hard work and effort together as a team six days a week and I know it will pay off”.