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Coronado Girls Basketball Team Goes 2-2 In Thanksgiving Tournament

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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2019 12:08 pm

Playing four basketball games in 46 hours can be a challenge. The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Islander Girls Basketball Team, under the direction of Head Coach Toler Goodwin, played four games, all against solid competition and emerged with a 2-2 record. When combined with an early-season victory over Canyon Crest Academy, Coronado is now 3-2 on the season.

The first game of the tournament was a 39-36 win over Chula Vista, which saw the Islanders with a lead at the conclusion of every quarter. But the Spartans wouldn’t go away and with 4:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Spartans took the lead, which they held for the next 90 seconds. At that point in the game, Lauren White scored on a driving layup, Courtney Williams had a steal, White converted a free throw, she grabbed a defensive bound on the other end of the floor, which was followed shortly by a defensive rebound from Janie Ruttert, who then converted two free throws. The victory was sealed by a Gianna Spatafore defensive rebound.

Ruttert was the statistical leader for the Islanders with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Williams accounted for 11 points, two rebounds and a steal; Lauren White had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists; while Spatafore scored four points but led Coronado with 10 rebounds to go with two assists and two steals; Allison White had a point and four rebounds; and Ella Ackerly had a basket and four rebounds.

Unfortunately during the game, a long-time problem returned, courtesy of the showers and storms that hit the region last week. Midway through the second quarter of the Chula Vista game, the roof leaked on both sides of the gym for about 30 minutes in copious amounts. Fortunately the waterworks stopped and didn’t return for the duration of the tournament. This despite an extensive roof repair of the facility over the summer.

Five hours later on Friday the Islanders were at it again, this time against Holtville, which resulted in a 56-52 loss. Coronado played well in the first half, holding a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, which they lengthened to a 26-18 halftime lead. Holtville rallied in the third frame to outscore the Islanders 20-9 and take the lead at the end of three quarters 38-35. Holtville stretched their lead to six points at one juncture, but the Islanders were within one point with 30 seconds to play. Holtville converted four straight free throws spread over two possessions and had just enough to defeat the Islanders. Goodwin described the Holtville game as, “The one that got away.” He added, “Against Holtville we were doing some good things, but we let a shooter get hot on us.”

Ruttert had a fine game with 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocked shots, which when you consider she is the Islanders point guard, some of those numbers are pretty amazing. Lauren White chipped in with 11 points and three boards; Spatafore had six points and a team-leading 10 rebounds; Allison White had nine points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block; while Tamya Flenoy had a basket, three rebounds and an assist.

Saturday early afternoon, Coronado faced Imperial, which has size across the front line and guards who can shoot from long range. Those elements combined for a 50-35 win by Imperial over Coronado. Ruttert scored 11 points, Lauren White added seven, Williams had five points, Spatafore and Ella Ackerly had four points each, while Allison White and Jenevieve Joseph had two points each.

The final game of the weekend was a game against the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, which got interesting late in the third quarter. Coronado jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and widened their advantage to 26-17 at the half. But the Pilots under the direction of Head Coach Chris Moeller, who formerly was the Boys Basketball Head Coach at Marian Catholic, fought back in the third to get within striking distance of the Islanders at 36-30. What looked like a comfortable victory turned into a close game. The Islanders added to the degree of difficulty by scoring just two points in the first 4:35 of the final quarter, but fortunately OLP went cold also. Eventually a three-pointer from Ruttert, a three-pointer from Lauren White and a free throw from Williams stretched the final score to 45-33 in favor of Coronado.

Ruttert filled out the box score nicely with a double-double, which included 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Lauren White added 12 points, three boards, one steal and two blocked shots; Williams and Flenoy had three points each; Spatafore had two points and nine rebounds; while Ackerly had a basket and two rebounds.

Generally speaking Goodwin was pleased with his team’s efforts over the weekend. “We played pretty well, but we have lots to learn. We showed some mental toughness. Some of our opponents came back in games and we had to stretch the lead back out again. Chula Vista was tough and physical. Imperial is a quality team and we responded well after getting down early. Those are positives looking forward. We made some adjustments throughout the weekend with what was being done to us. Those are all positive signs. This week we need to be better with the basketball because we are sloppy sometimes. In the Imperial and Holtville games, we had two or three bad possessions in a row, and we let the other team get easy defensive stops. When we made teams work, we were pretty successful. We got through some situations that were good and we’ve identified a few other things we need to work on.”

This week the Islanders have one game, which is Wednesday night at Sage Creek with the tipoff set for 7 p.m. Goodwin added that due to some scheduling issues, the Islanders game next Tuesday, Dec. 10 at home against Escondido at 7 p.m., is the last home game for the Islanders until February 1, 2020. “Once we get to the league schedule, we spend the entire month of January on the road. We only have five teams in our league this year, so we just have eight league games out of a possible 28 games we can schedule.”

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