SIERRA CANYON READY FOR PLAYOFF RUN, TRYING TO WIN GOLD COAST LEAGUE TITLE FIRST
Jacob H. Pollon
Sierra Canyon Athletics Dept.
The Sierra Canyon girls basketball team is gearing up for another deep playoff run and is 16-3 overall to this point. The Trailblazers only three losses are to DeSoto (Texas) and two excruciating one-point setbacks against La Jolla Country Day and Mater Dei. DeSoto is the No. 3 ranked team in the country, No. 1 in Texas and 22-2 overall.
No bad losses.
The road to a Gold Coast League championship begins this week with a home game against Will Burr’s Viewpoint Patriots.
Sierra Canyon has six league games coming and two nonleague games left on the schedule, including a showdown Saturday at Long Beach Poly.
The much-anticipated Windward game is Wed., Jan. 22
Leading the way thus far has been Duke-bound Vanessa de Jesus, Texas-bound Ashley Chevalier, Boise St.-bound Alexis Mark and Rose Odebunmi.
A pleasant surprise has been Hueneme-transfer Vanessa Smart, a 3-point sharpshooter markswoman. Smart has been able to knock down the 3-ball and open up the rest of the floor.
Last year, Sierra Canyon finished 33-1 and won the Open Div. state championship. The girls are hoping for a repeat.