Brea Olinda girls off to a 9-0 mark

The work put into this well-oiled girls basketball program has resulted in continuous national top-20 ratings...

Brea Olinda has not won 15 CIF-Southern Section championships in the past 20 years without a massive and well organized support system. The Ladycat booster club promotes sponsors, merchandise, fundraising, ticket sales, and puts out a newsletter.


Year-in and year-out, new high scoring board members as well as new standout basketball players are worked into the Brea Olinda team. Its web site is stocked with pictures of former players who have graduated into Division-I collegiate programs.


The work put into this well-oiled girls basketball program has resulted in continuous national top-20 ratings. This season Brea Olinda has gotten off to a 9-0 mark and is ranked about 12th nationally by various prep scouting sites. In 1994, many prep federations listed Brea Olinda at number-one nationwide.


Girls basketball at Brea Olinda preceded the fame and sometimes rivals the notoriety the school gets from rock star alumnus James Hetfield of Metallica.


Last season, the Ladycats won its Southern Section D-IIA title in its most peculiar way. After having its state record 23 consecutive league championships snapped by Villa Park and entering the playoffs with a modest 13-7 record, the Ladycats soundly defeated five league champs, highlighted by a 61-44 win at the Anaheim Pond against South Torrance for the CIF crown.


BOHS coach Jeff Sink will have his hands full again this year as he enters his 13th season at the helm of the Ladycats. Sink has an adequate support group around Jeanette Pohlen, a returning All-State first team honoree, who averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists last season and will play at Stanford next.


This season, BOHS has already captured the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions (Gray Division) in Chandler, Arizona. Pohlen scored 20 points, sophomore Jonae Ervin 18, and Stephanie Servin 11, 18 rebounds, in the 65-35 title game win against Chula Vista Eastlake. Another returning letterer, Lauren Bell was assigned to shut down the opponents leading scorer in each game. Fleet-footed sophomore center Kendall Rodriguez has been slowly worked into the rotation.


Sink has watched as yet another potential Brea Olinda super-star, freshman Kelsey Harris, has averaged 10 points in nine games this year. Harris surprised Los Angeles Marlborough with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, in 65-49 win. Harris has plateaued at 23 points this young season.


BOHS will get another stern test before embarking Century League action, when it competes against teams from the Northwest in the Oregon West Coast Jamboree.

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