Girls' Basketball is Ready for Another Championship Run

League championships have become part the Culver City High School's girls basketball teams DNA. Five out of the last six years the Centaurs have won the Ocean league title and one of those years they added a CIF championship to their trophy case. Last year Lawndale won the league crown but this season the Centaurs look like the team to beat once again.

They are 15-4 and 3-0 in the Ocean league and they appear to have the talent to recapture the title. "This is a resilient team'" said head coach Julian Anderson after their win over Lawndale last week. "They are fighters but we just have to be more consistent. What I like most about this team is that they communicate with each other on and off the court."

The communication starts with their three seniors, Lauren Jones, Angel Morris and Haley Yamamoto. "Our seniors have shown good leadership," said Anderson. "They lead by example and are doing a good job showing the younger players how to play Culver City basketball."

One of the seniors, Morris is probably the best girl athlete in the school. On the track team she is a hurdler, high jumper and she runs on some of the relay teams. On the basketball court she uses her speed to lead the team in breakaway points.

"Track is my roots," said Morris last week. "This year we are quick and smarter and we have learned how to use each other as a force."

Morris continued to say "I love this team. We have been through a lot the past few years but we are jelling more as a team right now. We are starting to get back into the grove of things."

Another senior Jones knows this team needs to improve if they expect to win league and go deep into the CIF playoffs. 'This year we are still working hard to get on the same page," said Jones. "What I like about this team is we are focused and we listen to our coaches. We are always going over how we can get better."

On Friday the Centaurs travel to 11-7 Santa Monica for a 6 p.m. game and next Wednesday they battle 12-4 Beverly Hills at home at 6 p.m.



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