On To The CIF Division III Playoffs ...

A consistently outstanding performer for the Islander Girls Basketball Team this season has been junior point guard Janie Ruttert. The Islanders earned the No. 6 seed in CIF Division III and will host a First-Round game Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Escondido Charter.

The final week of the regular season found the Islander Girls Basketball Team (18-10 overall, 5-3 in the City League) playing two games, with the first being a 50-37 loss to Point Loma, the eventual City League Champion. The Pointers went 8-0 in league play and earned the No. 1 seed in Division III. Coronado lost the game with poor results in the first and third quarters, which the Pointers won 13-4 and 16-5 respectively. As an aside, the Islanders tied San Diego High for second place in the City League, both teams had conference marks of 5-3.

Head Coach Toler Goodwin said, “We had a horrible third quarter and unfortunately we took hurried, bad shots. And we turned the ball over. We couldn’t rally back because we were trailing 37 -21 at the end of the third quarter.”

In the Point Loma game, Janie Ruttert was the leading scorer for Coronado with 20 points to go with nine rebounds. Other stats from the game included Allison White with five points; Tamya Flenoy chipped in with four points, three rebounds and a steal; Lauren White had four points, seven rebounds and a steal; Gianna Spatafore had two points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals; Courtney Williams had two points and three boards; and Jen Joseph claimed six rebounds, to go with an assist and two steals.

The final regular season game of the year was a rare Thursday evening home contest against Patrick Henry and the Islanders gave up just one field goal and seven three throws all night on their way to a 50-9 victory. Clearly their free throw line defense needs work (an old basketball joke). The final five minutes of the game were played with a running clock. One of the highlights of the game was a long three-pointer by junior Charley Shipton which found the bottom of the net as the game concluded.

Goodwin noted, “We had good ball distribution and we moved the ball really well in some cases, which created clean looks. We also did a pretty good job defensively. We fouled too much and you can’t put people on the foul line in the playoffs and give them extra scoring opportunities. We did a good job limiting their shot opportunities.”

Ruttert had another fine game with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, seven steals and two blocked shots. Lauren White added 15 points, six rebounds, and a steal; Allison White contributed six points, two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot; Williams had a nice outing with six points, six rebounds and a steal; Spatafore scored four points to go with five rebounds, an assist and two steals; Shipton contributed her long-range three-pointer; Pita Lopez had one point, one rebounds and one steal; Flenoy had two assists; and Joseph added two rebounds and two steals.

All of which leads to the start of the Division III Playoffs this week, where No. 6 seed Coronado will host Escondido Charter Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Goodwin said of his opposition, “They are a pretty good ball handling team and their offense is perimeter oriented. They aren’t big in size and they put defensive pressure up to see if you can handle it. We can’t be sloppy and give them easy transition opportunities.” If form holds, the Islanders would play again Saturday night against the winner of the game between No. 3 seed Foothills Christian and No. 14 seed St. Joseph Academy, at 7 p.m.

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