By Stephanie Davis ’17
Varsity basketball battled the Polytechnic Panthers Thursday night for not only a win but a second place in the Prep League. While it was a long game, down by 14 in the first quarter, then within one basket of Poly’s lead, the Tigers ultimately lost the match. However, the loss will not affect basketball’s position to play in upcoming California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) games.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday, basketball beat Mayfield Cubs handily by 21 points in Mayfield’s gym.
Basketball also has introduced a new coaching team this season. Melanie Horn, Director of Athletics is head coach, joined by assistant coach Solomon Sing, and alumni Natalie Sami ‘12 and Sharon Woo ‘10.
Basketball is currently 7-4 in league, and is projected to finish the regular season 8-4. It is even more impressive considering in their previous season, the tigers had an low record of 3-9. This year varsity basketball is a shoe in for CIF competition, beginning on February 13th. Sophomore Juliana Favela currently leads the tigers with an amazing 12 points per game average, 7 rebounds and three steals.
Basketball faced off against Chadwick Dolphins yesterday, making the long trek out to Palos Verdes to prove their previous win was well-deserved, winning by 12 points. With three games right after exams week, all three of these well fought games are an endurance victory for the Tigers.
The last league and home game of the regular season is scheduled for next Tuesday, Feb. 10th, against Firebaugh. It will also be Senior Night, with Bella Kachanon and Kayako Fong being recognized for their four year dedication to Westridge’s basketball program. While basketball is on their way to CIF competition, it may be your last opportunity to see basketball until next November, so be sure to pack the stands for our Tigers!
Pictured: Varsity Basketball enjoys one of their last team lunches with food and card games.