The girls’ basketball preseason has started with a non-conference game and intense slew of neutral non-conference tournaments away from home.
After facing off against Wilcox and Westmont high schools in neutral tournament games, the team came to Half Moon Bay on the weekend of Dec. 8. Although the girls lost the nailbiter 37-35, they beat their next few opponents. On Dec. 12, they triumphed over Balboa with a steady offense and a 46-31 score. These tournaments were the closest the Panthers have played to home. The first home game will be on Jan. 3 against Leland High School.
“Our preseason has consisted of a lot of early practice and workouts,” said senior Amber Moss, who has been on the varsity team since sophomore year. “We are preparing in the midst of finals which is stressful in itself but that’s the nature of being a student athlete.”
The team is bouncing back from last year’s strong season. They lost a few star players to graduation last year but are maintaining their strong track record thanks to standouts like juniors Sophia Palacio and Jordyn Kanaya. The team is young, with four seniors taking the lead this year. The foundation is strong, according to Moss. This season, the team benefits from the eagerness of the younger players and revamped practices.
“Returning players are meshing with the new talent,” Moss said after the Balboa faceoff. “These preseason games have allowed us to work on our court chemistry and we are looking forward to league play!”