Islander Girls Basketball ...

Sophomore Ella Ackerly, on left with ball, is going to get a lot of playing time this season and she helped the Islanders defeat Canyon Crest Academy 48-19 last week on the road. Ackerly had a basket and nine rebounds in the victory. Friday and Saturday the Islanders will be hosting their Thanksgiving Tournament, which includes four games in two days. Friday Coronado will open with Chula Vista at 1:35 p.m., followed by Holtville at 6:30 p.m. Saturday the Islanders host the Academy of Our Lady of Peace at 1:05 p.m. and Imperial at 4:15 p.m.

Last week we noted, admittedly via a small sample size of one exhibition game played against University City, that the Islander Girls Basketball Team is going to be pretty good this year. Coronado opened their regular season schedule Saturday evening at Canyon Crest Academy and came away with a 48-19 victory. The score and location of the game could reflect one of two things. Either Coronado, as believed, is going to win a lot of games this season. Or it’s going to be a long year for the Ravens, as they compete in the Avocado West League, which is loaded. A third option is a theory often articulated by Michael Wilbon of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” which is both things can be true.

Another thought is that when you handily win all four quarters of a basketball game, that’s a dominating victory. In order the quarter scores were 10-4, 7-2, 14-4 and 17-9. And according to Islander Head Coach Toler Goodwin, it could and should have been worse. “We were a little sloppy with the ball and didn’t convert all the opportunities we should have. They got some points in the fourth quarter on some running bank shots. We need to be far more efficient offensively. We didn’t put them away early like we should have. In the second half, we converted some of the easy scoring opportunities, breakaway layups and close in shots, that we missed in the first half.”

Goodwin’s compliments regarding his team centered primarily on the defensive end of the floor. “We played good team defense and we communicated well. We did a nice job on the boards. If we continue to play defense the way we have and get better with our technique, we’ll be solid defensively. We did a good job blocking out and rebounding against University City in the scrimmage, but we were better Saturday against Canyon Crest. We put bodies on people. We’re pretty long and we put pressure on the ball. And we did a good job adjusting from the scrimmage, using our feet to get into defensive position.”

Individually, Jenevieve Joseph scored four points; Allie White scored 11 points and had two blocked shots; Ella Ackerly had a basket and nine rebounds; Lauren White scored nine points to go with seven rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists; Janie Ruttert had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists; Gianna Spatafore had five points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots; and Courtney Williams scored five points.

The role of Co-Captain Lauren White is evolving at the start of her senior season. Goodwin said, “Lauren’s playing a little bit of everywhere for us this year. She has played at the guard position for the last three years and now we’re working more and more developing some post-up moves. We’ll spend a lot of time on that in the next couple of weeks. We have four games coming up in two days, and we’ll see some different defenses. We’ll need to use people in different ways, and we’ll need a depth of offensive production to be successful.”

Friday and Saturday this week the Islanders are hosting their own Thanksgiving Tournament, which has been a staple for the program most seasons over the past couple of decades. Friday Coronado will open with Chula Vista at 1:35 p.m., followed by Holtville at 6:30 p.m. Saturday the Islanders host the Academy of Our Lady of Peace at 1:05 p.m. and Imperial at 4:15 p.m.

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