As of Jan. 3, girls basketball has a record of 1-0, their first win against Santa Barbara with an ending score of 50-41. Their season has had a successful start with their new coach, Cynthia Hernandez, and co-captains, senior Samantha Martinez and junior Makenna Chasmar, leading the way.
After working the position of women’s basketball assistant coach at Ventura College for three years, Hernandez has started her first year of coaching for Buena’s girls’ basketball team. So far, her experience has proven to be “an exciting journey.” She has enjoyed learning about the team member and who they are slowly becoming as the year goes on. Her goal as head coach is to “give them freedom to be basketball players.”
Both team captains have similar thoughts on the team’s goals this year. They both want to win league and make it far into CIF, or at least go much further than they have done in previous years.
The team practices hard, making the most of their time when they are not at games or tournaments. Although the team does have much room to improve, Martinez believes their practices are effective when they are “all working hard and have their heads in the game”.
With every practice and game, win or lose, girls basketball silently works closer and closer to their goal. Gianna Falcocchia, a senior, who played varsity all four years, sees “a lot of potential” in this year’s team and hopes to win CIF for her last season.
According to Falcocchia, the team still has to improve on “working together” and as for Martinez, she feels that the team has a stronger bond than they did last year and they have learned to leave their differences off the court. As seniors, they both want to continue playing the game they love after high school, going to Ventura Community College, then transferring out on a scholarship.
As the season progresses, the team’s hard work and motivation shows in their performance on the court. It is evident that their bond has grown stronger as well as their ability to work together as a team. Chasmar believes the girls have really “come to play better together as a team.”