Girls’ Hoops Halted in Quarter Final

Colin Jones, Staff Writer

The Matadors thumped the girls’ basketball squad 89-36, in their North Coast Section (NCS) quarterfinal matchup at Miramonte on February 27.

“[The Miramonte girl’s basketball team is] a real good program. They’ve got a lot of experience and some of the best players in the country,” said Campo head coach Art Thoms. “They’re tough to play.”

The Mats scored 6 points within the first few minutes of the game. Their advance was temporarily halted when the Cougars scored their first 2 points, but the Miramonte offense could not be stopped. The visitors did not score again until senior Charlotte McNeil made a 2-pointer with 1:33 left in the 1st quarter. At the end of the quarter Campolindo trailed by 31.

The offensive and defensive struggles continued throughout the majority of the game. Campolindo only scored 8 points in the 2nd quarter, while the Mats scored 26. The score was 61-14 at the half.

According to Thoms, it is difficult to comeback after such a deficit. “They had a pretty good lead at halftime, and it’s pretty tough to gain ground on them,” Thoms said.

Seemingly rejuvenated after the break, the Campolindo defense significantly slowed Miramonte’s scoring, and scored the first 4 points of the second half.

The girls did show improvement throughout the game. At one point in the 3rd quarter, the team scored 6 points in under 30 seconds.

Miramonte never trailed.

“I think we played well,” said senior point guard Charlotte McNeil. “As a team, we played the best we could.”

“We all did our best and we all worked really hard,” said junior Ashley Dubrasich. “I know I left it all on the court.”

With the win, Miramonte will face Moreau Catholic in NCS semifinal on March 4.

For Campolindo, the loss means elimination from the NCS Playoffs, and little hope of selection to the Northern California tournament.