Backed by Coach John Coolidge, the Coronado High School girls basketball program is ramping up for its winter season.
The squad is coming off of a 1-18 season that saw the Islanders win their first game in two seasons in a thrilling victory over Castle Park High School.
While Coronado may not see Castle Park during this upcoming season, the team is in line for plenty of exciting match ups, Coolidge said. The team is 0-2 this season, but the Islanders were competitive in losses to Pacific Ridge and Point Loma in mid-November.
Coolidge said the team is focused on building on the spirit and morale they created last season. He adds they are excited to go out and look to improve each day, and hopefully get some wins.
Rivalry with Madison
“Myself and the girls are looking forward to games against Madison. This will be the third year that we have been in the same league, so it seems to be a new rivalry and high school rivalries are always fun,” said Coolidge.
Coolidge said he has always focused on developing the character of his players, and the excitement of rivalries and winning can come second.
“Hopefully what the returning players will remember is to play hard, respect the game, be a good teammate, always have fun, and just enjoy the journey and all that sports teaches you,” said Coolidge.
As for his returning players, Coolidge said there are two girls in particular to keep an eye on: Selena Herrera and Virginia Ryan.
Herrera, who is entering her junior year, was one of the team MVPs last season and used a large portion of her playing time as an underclassman to learn from last season’s senior core.
Herrera showed off her athletic, slashing ability in the final game against La Jolla High School, giving the Islanders something to look forward to this coming season, Coolidge said.
Ryan will lead defensive efforts
The other standout returner is the 6-foot-4 Ryan who is expected to be a much needed paint presence for the Islanders.
While former MVP Herrera remains a focal point of the Islander offense, Ryan will lead Coronado’s defensive efforts, the coach said.
We have new and old players that are very good athletes, and are going to help the team get some wins.”Coronado girls basketball Coach John Coolidge.
“Virginia broke the school record for block shots in a single season averaging seven blocks per game. We have new and old players that are very good athletes, and are going to help the team get some wins,” said Coolidge.
With a new season there always comes adjustments, and this year Coronado will have to navigate filling the shoes of five key seniors.
According to Coolidge, losing those seniors isn’t always about the talent the Islanders will miss but more than anything their leadership.
Navigating the strong Central League, the Islanders will need a level-headed squad willing to stay positive during a long season, Coolidge said.
But, he’s also confident this newer, younger group of girls is up for the challenge.