Coming off of a Cinderella-story season last winter that saw the Orange Lutheran girls basketball team bring home a CIF-SS Division 2AA championship, the Lancers are back on the court this week and are looking to build upon last year’s optimism and chemistry.
A total of seven seniors from that winning squad graduated, including all five starters, so there is admittedly some rebuilding taking place. But OLu girls basketball associate head coach Lindsay Charity is confident that the girls will work with a competitive and positive mindset.
“We’re aware of how young we are, and we know that this year likely won’t be the year that we get as many wins as in the past,” says Charity. “But we’re trying to build a core group and for the girls to enjoy each other’s company and build some chemistry. That’s what really made us successful last year.”
This young group consists of five seniors, as well as several sophomore players, and will be led by two returners who were a part of the CIF-winning team – sophomore Caitlin Muller and senior Karissa Chvilicek.
The Lancers will be moving to Division 1 this season, which will no doubt be demanding. But Charity says the team is focused on building camaraderie and is not deterred by the challenges ahead.
“What I’m looking forward to the most is just working with these girls every day,” says Charity. “We have such a great group of girls that are willing to work hard and want to get better. They all get along, but we’re just trying to build that extra layer of chemistry. They really want to represent their school well, and that just makes the year so fun.”