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Coronado Islander Girls Basketball Team Will Be Fun To Watch This Season

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:04 am

In one of those strange coincidences that sometimes occur, as Islander Girls Basketball Head Coach Toler Goodwin begins his 21st season at the helm of the program, Your Natterer is also in the 21st season of writing this column. So neither of us are strangers to the concept of the season preview section for this column. If Saturday’s pre-season scrimmage against University City is any indication, you’re going to like the way the 2019-20 Islanders play the game. As a favor to Goodwin, I kept the official scorebook for the scrimmage, so I can report that Coronado won all four quarters of the game handily, tripling the final score against the Centurions.

Goodwin said, “We scrimmaged against them the past couple of years and they typically have size, some good guard play and they give us a challenge. They had a really dynamic guard who graduated last year. They’ve always had the ability to defend, with size and speed. They are usually a good wake-up for us. We gave them a little shell shock early Saturday and then we beat them around a bit.”

The primary weapon Goodwin will unleash this season is junior transfer from Lake Oswego, Oregon, Janie Ruttert. If you want a brief scouting report, Ruttert plays point guard and can really play the game to the point that she makes the players around her better. She also sets the pace for the team on the defensive end of the floor, where the Islanders play really hard.

Here’s Goodwin’s longer version, “Stability at the guard position gives you a chance to be competitive. If they had tried to press us, they weren’t going to get anywhere. In the third and fourth quarters, Janie may have missed just a couple of shots. She moves the ball, finds the seam in the defense, and she found other teammates who were trying to do things. Our spacing wasn’t terrific in transition, but we still made good plays. In practice so far, we have spent more time working on defensive fundamentals and we’re beginning to understand the movement on offense to create space and not run over the top of each other. We’re going to add more offense as we go, with more movement and spacing. The team is getting joy from playing as hard as we can. That was a real positive coming out of the scrimmage.”

Goodwin has senior leadership in Lauren White and Gianna Spatafore, who will serve as team captains with Ruttert. Another senior is defensive specialist Pita Lopez, who has the athletic ability to disrupt other teams on defense. The junior class is represented by Courtney Williams, Jenevieve Joseph, Kelly Murray and Ruttert. Sophomores include Ella Ackerly, Allie White, Tamya Flenoy who buried two long three-pointers in the scrimmage, and Ryan Brophy.

This year the Islanders will compete in the City League, which includes La Jolla, Patrick Henry, Point Loma, San Diego and Coronado. Goodwin added, “There should be some good, competitive league games this year.” The Islanders will also campaign in CIF Division III, which is up one level for the Islanders from last season. “Our whole league is in Division III and I think it will be a real competitive division. If our core group of nine players can come together and understand what they are capable of achieving, bring a dedication to practice, and learn their individual roles within the team, we’ll have success.”

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