The Coast Union girls basketball team has the Coast Valley League championship in its crosshairs, but it’s not there quite yet. Coming into this week Coast Union leads the CVL 6-0, following a 66-22 drubbing of Shandon on Friday night, Jan. 26 and a 46-29 humbling of Coastal Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The team won the league title last year with a 10-0 record, the first time Coast had won the CVL since entering league play in 2011.
But to show you how wildly high school sports dynamics can shift (as quality players graduate and teams need to rebuilt), every year from 2012 to 2016, Valley Christian Academy (VCA) dominated the CVL, and Coast came in second in four of those years.
But in 2017, the tables turned radically, and the Lady Broncos topped the league while VCA slipped to 1-9.
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Coast (9-7 overall) still has four league games to play in 2018. Against Coastal Christian, Kaylee Ferguson led scorers with 14 points; Karis Lawson had 13; Meg Stern had eight; Ellie Kennedy chipped in with six and Zoe Markham, one of two seniors on the team, had two points.
In Friday’s game at Shandon, junior Lawson had a double-double (16 points; 16 rebounds); junior Ferguson scored 14 points; and senior Stern had 13 points with five steals.
Coach Keith Stowers said (in a text interview) he wants his team “to go as far as they can this year. If we keep getting better and understand our roles better, we could be a spoiler come playoffs.”
The next home game for Coast Union is Friday, Feb. 2 against Cuyama Valley, a 5 p.m. start time.