Heralds ‘had nothing to lose’

first_img“I’m just happy our girls came out not so nervous this time (as in last week’s divisional championship game),” she said. Ronquillo said she and her teammates weren’t going to be intimidated. “I think they thought we were just going to just show up, just step on the floor,” Ronquillo said. “But we played hard. We weren’t going to give them the game. “I think we were more motivated. I think they thought we were just a Division V team, but we worked hard all the way.” Said point guard Kim Yoshinaga: “We came out with a lot of intensity. We wanted it more than they did.” Country Day coach Terri Bamford paid tribute to the Heralds’ effort. “They’re a well-coached team,” Bamford said. “They ran their stuff. We had to play hard.” Bamford said the Torreys weren’t looking past the Heralds. “We prepare for everyone, one game at a time,” she said. “You can never overlook an opponent at this time. They were section champions. They deserved to be here.” Whittier Christian, which finished with a 24-7 record, shot 30 percent (15 for 50) from the field. Country Day shot 44 percent (24 for 55), buoyed by some late-game, fast-break layups. The Heralds committed 15 turnovers, but nine came in the fourth quarter after Crammer had substituted freely. Country Day committed 16 turnovers, 13 of them in three quarters, and many were forced by the hard-working Heralds defense. Country Day finished with a 38-30 edge on the boards, but Whittier Christian enjoyed a 15-11 advantage in the fourth quarter. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It may have lasted only about 20 minutes, but it truly was Whittier Christian High School’s finest hour of the girls basketball season. A 65-37 loss to La Jolla Country Day in a Southern California Regional first-round game Thursday night doesn’t speak nearly enough for the effort put forth by a team that was the underdog in nearly every category. Against a team that had more height, speed, experience, talent and tradition, the Heralds gave the Torreys an early wake-up call, and when Country Day responded to take control, the Heralds never quit playing, doing themselves proud to the final buzzer. Afterward, Whittier Christian coach Bill Crammer said the Heralds “… got their attention,” when his team led 14-13 late in the first quarter and was tied 18-18 five minutes into the second quarter. center_img The big thing was that Country Day wasn’t playing poorly, but that Whittier Christian was playing very well. While Country Day was leading in rebounds, Whittier Christian was ahead in style and effort, with Jaqueline Joseph, Kristen Schaefer and Elissa Ronquillo playing well against the taller, more athletic trio of Janae Fulcher, Jamesha Townsend and Chelsea Burns. In fact, with Whitley Brown joining the fray underneath the basket much of the time, nearly every rebound was hotly contested. It was an area of the game that, going in, figured to be one-sided in the Torreys’ favor, but turned out to be very competitive. Crammer pointed out afterward that on occasion the Heralds’ inside players failed to box out sufficiently and allowed Country Day second shots, but for the most part, in battling for rebounds, their grade would be an enthusiastic B-plus. Brown said the Heralds’ attitude was simple: “We had nothing to lose.” last_img read more