The Coast Union High School girls basketball team appears to be geared to show well in the Coast Valley League after a number of strong results in early-season play.
The Broncos were 5-4 overall (1-0 CVL) heading into a Tuesday, Dec. 11, home matchup with Maricopa (late for publication) and were coming off a third-place finish in a Santa Barbara tournament and a 52-4 rout of San Luis Obispo Classical Academy on Dec. 4.
Their major setbacks were two losses to Orcutt Academy (68-37 on Nov. 28 and 66-37 on Dec. 5).
The Broncos were buoyed by three key wins to land a second-place finish in the Birdcage Classic Tournament the first week of December. Their last loss to Orcutt was followed by three straight wins against teams from bigger schools.
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Coast defeated Nordoff 52-31; Karis Lawson had 27 points and Kaylee Ferguson added 14 points. Next, the Lady Broncos downed the Santa Maria Saints, 54-46; Lawson chipped in 27 points again; Ferguson had 18 and Ellie Kennedy had 12 points.
Head coach Keith Stowers gave credit to Ailyn Casas — last year’s Female Athlete of the Year and a “star soccer player” — for her defensive work against Santa Maria.
“She has become a defensive stopper and held the Saints to 13 hard-earned points,” Stowers said.
Coast Union also humbled the host team, Bishop Diego, 33-19.
Coast next plays five games on the road before coming home to host Valley Christian Academy on Jan. 14. Heading into the week, Coast Union was ranked No. 9 in CIF Division 5AA.