Coming off of a CIF-SS Division 2AA championship last February, the Orange Lutheran girls basketball team is looking to pick up right where they left off.
The Lancers move up to Division 1 this season, but with much of last year’s varsity squad returning, along with some key additions, head coach Lindsay Charity is confident in the roster.
”A lot of the core group that played a lot of minutes for us last year is coming back…coming back with experience and some pressure situations under their belts,” said Charity.
Senior leaders Madi Bogan (Westmont College commit) and Heaven Johnson are joined by the 2022 CIF-SS Division 2AA Player of the Year, junior Sheridan Kennedy, along with 2022 All-CIF honorees junior Shea Joko and sophomore Kelly Garrity.
Bogan feels there is strength and skill up and down the Lancer lineup.
“I really feel like everybody can play and can get minutes and be impactful,” said Bogan. “So at this point it's just about going and doing it.”
Added Charity, “I think that's what makes us so strong this year is that across the board they're all threats. So it's not like the scouting report can focus on one player and shut them down. We've got ten more that can fill in.”
The season tips off for the Lancers on November 14 when they take on Magnolia at the Oxford Academy Patriot Tournament in Cypress. OLu will also play in the Nike Tournament of Champions next month in Arizona, as well as the Matson Classic in January.
All of these tournament appearances will be necessary preparation for their tough Trinity League opponents, but Bogan and her teammates are up for the challenge and ready to take the court.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there,” said Bogan. “I'm a versatile player, so I'm just looking forward to getting to do a lot of different things on both ends. We're definitely looking forward to making an impact and getting our season rolling strong.”