The Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team took on a stout Cholla Chargers team on Friday. Anticipating a great game, the Junior Varsity Red Wolves watched film from the previous game, had an early morning practice, and prepared diligently for the task at-hand.
The focus of the game was to get better from the one before. That was accomplished.
Team captain Ayah Ghannam ran the offense extremely well. Ghannam led the team in scoring with 6 points. “Her jumper was hitting tonight” said coach Nelson. “She really kept us in it early.” She would help the team defensively as well.
Brandy Quintana added four points to equal her highest output of the season. Ryan Gilvin, Victoria Palacios, and Bryanna Vaca all added two more points to the team effort.
The Lady Red Wolves went 2-4 shooting on free throws for the night. All shots attempted and made were by freshmen standout Bryanna Vaca. “Bryanna is getting better everyday. We are a different team for the better with her out on the court. She pushes the ball up, rebounds, drives, and plays extraordinary defense” said coach Nelson. She is becoming a great high school basketball player.
The biggest outlier that hurt the Lady Red Wolves was the rebounding. “Being out-rebounded never helps your team” quipped coach Nelson. “We are going to be hitting that hard going into the next week of practice.”
A sure sign of promise to come is the amount of Junior Varsity girls moving up to play varsity. To date, Norely Acosta, Bryanna Vaca, Brandy Quintana, Jacky Gonzalez, Ryan Gilvin and Victoria Palacios all have played quality minutes in the varsity game. “To me, it shows that we are doing the right thing. The girls are putting in the work and are being rewarded with playing against some of the state’s top talent. Going forward, I only see their time increasing in the varsity game” said Nelson.
Next week, the Junior Varsity Red Wolves will take on Pusch Ridge Academy, Sabino High School and Desert View High School.