The Cambrian

Team may shrink, but Lady Broncos don’t quit

Coast Union Bronco Nicky Ortiz, 12, receives a pass from Danielle Miller, 3, in a game against Taft on Jan. 5. The Broncos wound up their season Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Mission Prep.
Coast Union Bronco Nicky Ortiz, 12, receives a pass from Danielle Miller, 3, in a game against Taft on Jan. 5. The Broncos wound up their season Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Mission Prep. PHOTO BY MERLE BASSETT

While the Coast Union High School Bronco boys basketball team was being challenged by taller, more experienced teams from the San Joaquin Valley like Central Valley Christian (CVC) and Immanuel last week, the Lady Broncos were having their own challenges with the female teams from those two schools.

At the tournament last week in San Luis Obispo, the Lady Broncos (4-18 coming into this week) were defeated 20-69 by CVC and 32-75 by Immanuel. After that tournament, Coast Union’s players had just one more game to finish out the season—against Mission Prep—but it was played this week (too late to get into this week’s Cambrian).

As their coach Jerry Gibson has stated several times to the media, the Coast Union girls have played their hearts out and gone out to every game with the highest level of enthusiasm and energy they could muster. And as has been mentioned in these pages on occasion, this season’s girls team was severely limited by the sheer shortage of players plus the loss of last year’s talented seniors to graduation.

Indeed, at the opening of the season the Lady Broncos were left short of players when two of the most talented team members opted to drop off the team. And more recently, another player went to Europe with her family, leaving Gibson with just seven players.

That said, it is nonetheless important to give credit to those players who put huge amounts of effort into their game. Coming into this week, the two Lorenz sisters, sophomore Katelyn and junior Ashley, led the team in scoring, assists, and field goal percentage.

Ashley averaged 7.9 points per game and scored a total of 173 for the season—with a field goal percentage of 58. Ashley pulled down a total of 273 rebounds (averaging 12.4 per game) and dished off 22 assists.

Meanwhile Katelyn averaged 7.4 points per game and tallied a total of 163 points for the season. Katelyn made 42 percent of her field goal attempts and is credited with 47 assists.

Nicky Ortiz scored 104 points, made 31 percent of her field goal attempts and hauled down 113 rebounds for the Lady Broncos. Ortiz also sunk 43 free throws (out of 94 attempts).

— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian

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