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Girls basketball wants to stretch winning record

by Steven Felschundneff | steven@claremont-courier.com

Claremont girls basketball coach Michael James joined the Pack four years ago with the goal of turning the program around in four years, and now, with a bit of luck, the girls have a shot at a league title.

If Claremont can win the rest of its schedule, including defeating first place Bonita in La Verne on Friday, they could still tie the Bearcats if Bonita loses another contest in the process. It’s a long shot but it’s certainly a clearer path to victory than previous seasons

“Right now we are sitting at third in league but there is no one ahead of us that is a lot better than us,” Coach James said. “All the games in league have been winnable, we just had a couple where we fell shot. Glendora was on fire shooting last week and we just could not catch up.”

On Tuesday the Pack added one to the win column with a pretty lopsided victory over Colony, 63-29, in Claremont. The girls showed a lot of hustle and clearly dominated but will need to land the easy lay ups if they are going to top Bonita.

“Our strategy this game was to work on execution of our offence,” Coach James said.

He has a young team with three freshman starters including Adriana Torres, who Coach James believes is the best point guard in the league. The only senior on the squad, Senior Madison Salisbury could have retired happy Tuesday when she sank a three pointer at the buzzer which was icing on the cake for Claremont.

Claremont has a really young team and it’s been a struggle because a couple of the girls are on the track team track and playing two sports at one time is really difficult.

“It was hard to get people motivated because there was a long time when we didn’t know if we were going to have a season but our kids kept showing up and kept working hard,” Coach James said. “Once we got the go, that we were going to play we got pretty excited.”

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