The girls of Troy

Returner's Trisha Goddard, Amanda Sims, Melanie Ysaguirre, and Rene Wood, are veterans of championship games at the Pyramid in Long Beach, the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and Sacramento's Arco Arena.

After losing to defending state champion Fullerton Troy 56-29 in the title game of the recent Ocean View tournament, Santa Margarita will get a rare chance of fast redemption when the teams meet again on Jan 5 at Troy in a non league battle between California titans.

 

Ducking no one in pre-Freeway League play, Troy (9-0) will also battle defending Division II-A champion Brea Olinda (9-0) on Jan. 15.

 

There are enough championship crowns between the three schools to outfit a small army. Just two years ago Santa Margarita (8-1) won a Southern Section title.

 

However, in the Ocean view title game, the Eagles were no match for the mighty girls of Troy, whose coach Kevin Kiernan utilized a substitution pattern stressing full-court pressure, causing Rancho Santa Margarita junior point guard Gillian Gipe, a three-year starter, to pick up three early fouls.

 

Out of Kiernan's four-guard lineup, the Warriors created 24 turnovers and committed just six against the Eagles.

 

While Gipe couldn't break Troy's annoying press, by season's end she won't be alone.

 

Though Troy might not have the strongest roster from top to bottom, there isn't a team around who has as many members who have played in bigger games, in bigger venues.

 

Returner's Trisha Goddard, Amanda Sims, Melanie Ysaguirre, and Rene Wood, are veterans of championship games at the Pyramid in Long Beach, the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and Sacramento's Arco Arena.

 

Goddard and Sims were both starters as sophomores last season for Troy who has won three Division II state championships the past four years. Troy was 32-1 last season.

 

In the Ocean View title game, Goddard scored 21 points with 5, three-pointers, and Sims totaled 20 with four coming beyond the arc.

 

Goddard and Sims have accounted for most of the Warriors scoring. Goddard is averaging 13 points, 6 assists and has lofted in 20 three-pointers. Sims is averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds.  Sarah Olivas and Alex Sanchez (8 ppg) can also hit ouside shots. Ysaguirre averages 5 points.

 

Wood has scored 12 points twice this season and is a good rebounder. Ashley Johnson has gotten lots of minutes off the bench.

 

Troy's other solid victory season was a 43-37 win against two-time defending Division III state champion Bishop Amat.

 

Troy graduated all-state first teamer Rheya Neabors, and all-CIF standouts Sara Yee and Jaclyn Blied. To lose those players and a reliance on the press and the three-pointer, is expecting just too much from this young team.

 

The upcoming game at Brea Olinda will answer many questions for both teams.


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