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Prep basketball: SCCS hits restart on hardwood

Cardinals look to get back on track after one-year hiatus

Posted: December 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita Christian was going to restart its girls basketball program no matter the circumstances.

That was true even if it meant having to take the court with only six players, three of which have never played the sport before.

After dropping the program last year due to a lack of interested players, SCCS knows it’s going to take its licks in its season of revival.

As was the case on Thursday night at The Master’s College, when the Cardinals lost 30-23 to California City.

It’s all going to be part of the process, says new head coach Landon Miller.

“When you start a program, it’s hard to get it going again,” Miller said. “Yo have to take the baby steps and actually get a new team.”

Thursday night was already another step in the right direction for the Cardinals (0-2), who showed some potential on both sides of the ball after coming off a season-opening 48-5 loss to Desert High of Edwards.

“We started working as a team, which was nice,” said junior point guard Jenni Jones, who led SCCS with nine points.

Cardinals sophomore Aubrey Robinson added eight points, and Dakota Heilman scored six.

Heilman is the lone holdover from the previous SCCS team, which last played in 2010-11 when she was a freshman.

The team also features a few foreign exchange students who are still learning the fundamentals of the game.

Miller said he tried to get more players involved in the program, but six ended up being the number.

The Cardinals had spurts of offense throughout the game, scoring six straight points to take an 8-7 lead after the first quarter.

“The structure is starting to come,” Miller said of his team. “There were times they were just playing basketball, which is an instinctual thing. It’s a product of being in the gym.”

After the opening frame, the Ravens then went on a 12-2 scoring run that spanned both halves to take a 19-10 lead midway through the third quarter.

Again, SCCS was able to rally back to fight within three points, but never closer than that.

Courtney Woodruff scored nine points to lead the Ravens.

“We’re in a situation similar to (SCCS),” said Cal City head coach Angel Bradley. “We’re a young program starting out.”

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