Foothill’s girls basketball team, 3-3 out of the gate, is looking for a successful season under Coach Vince Namba.
“Our game is going to be to try and push the ball,” Namba said. “We’re going to shoot the three’s, being guard-oriented and hopefully more go in than less.
“They play with a lot of energy. We’re not terribly big so we’ve got to get used to guarding taller teams. We have to get used to kind of swarming as a team. We have good senior leadership and if we can just stay healthy, we can do some damage.”
Namba said the Knights have been hurt by injuries over the past couple of years. But they’ve been healthy so far.
The starting lineup is scheduled to include seniors Cecie Bain, Jordan Smith, Cassidy Stevens, Cameron Mallory and Karlee Little.
Mallory and Stevens, who averaged about 10 points a game last year, are the top two returning scorers and excellent three-point shooters.
“Both can go for 20 (points) any given night,” Namba said. “They are our two primary scorers but beyond that, we have probably four or five that can give us four or five a game. If we can stay balanced like that, that will be good.
“We are pretty guard oriented and don’t have a lot of post up offense.”
Other players expected to contribute are Megan Jones, Haley Vela, Jillian Berry, Paige Jang and Sydney Barrett,
“We’re probably about 10 deep, it just a matter of making sure we rebound and play good, solid defense,” Namba said. “If we can play fast and hit 40 percent of our shots, then we can probably do some damage.”
Namba knows there will be challenges in the Crest View League.
“Our league is tough, El Dorado is tough and Brea Olinda is always tough,” Namba said. “Esperanza is very good. They’re all good enough to beat each other. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”