Beckman’s girls basketball team, under first year coach Ryan Bettencourt, has high hopes for the season with a number of key players returning from last year’s team, including senior guard Katrina Metcalf, most valuable player of the Pacific Coast League.
The Patriots were 13-14 overall and 4-6 in the Pacific Coast League under Coach Alex Andarza, who resigned over the off-season.
Beckman is off to a 3-1 start this season after finishing fifth at the Fullerton Tournament. Metcalf was named to the all-tournament team.
Beckman wound up the tournament with a 52-43 victory over La Serna on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Bettencourt has been impressed with the Patriots work ethic and their play so far.
“We have a quality, hard-working group of players who are confident they are poised to contend for the PCL title,” Bettencourt said.
“Our team has been working extremely hard on and off the court in preparation for the upcoming season. Since my arrival in early October our players have been very coach-able and have also shown a strong desire to improve individually as well as a team.
“We are all very confident as well as optimistic about a successful 2017-18 season and beyond.”
Bettencourt said the team’s strengths are its experience, leadership, depth and overall talent.
Leading the way is Metcalf, who was the PCL MVP last year after averaging 14.9 points a game. She was also named MVP of the Irvine World News all-city team.
Other top players include senior guard Jaylene Santos, senior center Lauren Brown, junior guard Rhiannon Do, junior guard Jacqui Paredes and senior center Rebekah Carr.
Santos and Do will be captains of the team, Bettencourt said.
Bettencourt is also looking for big years from sophomore guard Kellie Yada, sophomore forward Allysa Braunstein, sophomore guard Chelsea Ebisuya, sophomore forward Katie French and sophomore guard Jaina Santos.
Bettencourt comes to the Beckman program from Foothill, where he…