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Coronado Girls Basketball Team Goes 3-2 Last Week

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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2019 4:55 pm

The Islander Girls Basketball Team just completed a run where they played 10 games in 12 days and headed into the Christmas Break with an overall record of 12-4. Last week they played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, all of it on the road against good competition.

The first game of the week was against Mt. Miguel and the Islanders trailed 25-18 at the half. Islander Head Coach Toler Goodwin said of the contest, “Mt. Miguel played a five-out, guard-oriented offense. They didn’t have a post player. We controlled the glass, pressured the ball and attacked the basket. We won the game with a 16-5 third quarter. Janie Ruttert made some free throws coming down the stretch which were enough to finish the game. She had 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists; Lauren White had 16 points, 11 rebounds and an assist; Courtney Williams scored six points to go with six rebounds; Gianna Spatafore had four points, three rebounds and two assists; Allie White had three points and Ella Ackerly scored one point. Mt. Miguel is down a little bit this year, but it was still a nice win.” The Islanders won by the final score of 49-47.

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Clairemont, and Coronado prevailed 43-30. Goodwin said, “We won every quarter and we were pretty much in control. We did what we had to do. We were 18 of 25 at the line. Ruttert had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists; Lauren White scored nine points to go with seven rebounds; Spatafore had five points, 15 rebounds and four assists; Tamya Flenoy scored four points; Allie White scored three points, with Williams and Ackerly scoring two points each.”

Wednesday Coronado played Madison the defending CIF Division IV champions, and a team which defeated the Islanders twice in league play last season. “We jumped out early in this one, outscoring Madison 16-6 in the first quarter,” Goodwin reported. “It was one of those games where we didn’t play great and after the first quarter it was a very slow-paced game. The final score was 37-35. We were in control throughout the game and we shot the ball 20 fewer times than we had been averaging this season. We only had eight turnovers, it was just a methodical game. Lauren White scored 12 points and had four rebounds; Janie had 11 points; Jenevieve Joseph scored four points, Spatafore added three points and six rebounds; Allie White had three points; Williams scored a basket to go with eight rebounds; and Flenoy scored two points.

Having gone undefeated in their four-team pool in the 16-team tournament, the Islanders advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Clairemont tournament, where they faced Morse High School. Goodwin said, “This was a really good game from start to finish. Morse led by three at the half and by six at the end of three quarters. They had a seven-point lead with 1:11 to go in the game. And we were able to score on three of our next four possessions. Janie hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Unfortunately Lauren White fouled out late in the fourth quarter, taking a foul we had to have to get possession of the ball. Spatafore and Ruttert both got their fifth fouls in overtime. We finished the game with five sophomores on the floor. Morse is an athletic and physical team. We spent so much emotional and physical energy in that game. We executed down the stretch and gave ourselves a chance. Janie had 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists; Lauren scored 22 points to go with six rebounds and two assists; Flenoy had seven points; Spatafore had six points, one rebounds and six assists; Ackerly scored four points and Williams had two.”

Two statistics of note were Morse shot 36 free throws in the contest, while the Islanders shot 15. For some context, 36 free throws are a lot for a 48-minute NBA game. Also Coronado was called for 26 fouls to 15 for Morse. It was a miracle the Islanders were able to get the game into overtime.

The Saturday game was anti-climactic as Coronado was wiped out by the Morse game and lost to Eastlake 60-43. The Islanders were in it early, down just 22-21 at the half. Ruttert finished with six points, Lauren White and Flenoy had eight points each; Ackerly scored five points; Williams and Joseph scored four points each; while Spatafore and Allie White had three points each.

“We’re going to take some time off,” Goodwin added. “We’ll practice a little later in the week. The Girls have been going hard with 16 games in a month. We’ll have four or five practices before we go to Los Angeles and play up there Jan. 3-4. Then we return to school and we don’t have any games the first week back. We don’t play until Finals Week and we start on the road. This break will give us a chance to fine-tune some things, put some offensive pieces together, and refine our defense. We’ll build on the 12-4 start we had. We’re among the top four teams in Division III and we can play with anybody. We’ve seen some good development from the kids, they’re working hard and really hanging together. The rally against Morse was really nice to see and everybody had to contribute for us to be in that position.”

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