Question: what does the Coast Union girl’s basketball team have in common with the indigenous characters on Planet Pandora in the popular movie “Avatar”?
Answer: both are underdogs facing seemingly overwhelming odds against them.
In the case of “Avatar,” Hollywood scripted the Na’vi people of Pandora to defeat an armada of powerful military machines firing hundreds of rockets — with help from dinosaur-like monsters and enormous flying creatures.
For the Lady Broncos, there were no computer-generated jungle creatures coming to their aid Monday, Jan. 18, at Fresno Christian. The Broncos were handily defeated 19-78; in fact the Eagles handed Coast Union a 5-39 pasting in the second half.
Indeed, it’s been a very rough season for the young and relatively inexperienced Coast Union team in 2010, as they were handled by Kingsburg 29-60 two days prior to the Fresno Christian game.
A day before the Kingsburg loss Coast Union was held in check by Atascadero, 19-60. (Note: Atascadero High School has over 1,500 students; Coast Union has about 250 students).
Meanwhile, life doesn’t get any easier for the Lady Broncos; they play Mission Prep this week, a team that lost to Fresno Christian by one point, 45-44. Coast Union hoops coach Jerry Gibson notes that notwithstanding his team’s travails, his leading scorer Ashley Lorenz has the highest rebounding average (13.5 per game) in the county.