first-year coach Dick Katz has to be surprised as his
Based on its performance thus far, the Tigers must be considered the favorites to capture the Empire League title, which loses perennially strong Orange Lutheran and adds Garden Grove Pacifica.
all-league guard Lidsey Grove has carried most of the Tigers offensive load with
a 22 point per game average. Grove put up 38 points in a 60-56 win over Whittier
La Serna and notched 28 against
the Tigers don't appear to have a deep bench, they do have six returner's led by
talented senior Brianna Travis and sophomore's Lindsay Lee and 6 foot 1 Jenoa
Lovcik. Travis registered 17 points in each of the two wins against
accumulated a lot of minutes last year, highlighted by a 19-point effort in
leading the Tigers to a 62-59 win against Empire League rival
Lee and Lovcik are also well-seasoned at the varsity level and can be counted on for about seven points each along with solid defensive play.
has had another pleasant surprise in freshman Auntjanay Chambers, who has aready
earned a starting assignment. Chambers asserted herself with 14 points against
Kennedy advanced to the second round of the playoffs last year and return all-league long range shooter Lauren Chow, whose good for 20 points per game. Kennedy also has returning standouts Montika Moss and Caitlyn Carralejo. The Fighting Irish are limited by a thin bench.
will pose another test for
Bracamontes is scoring 13 points per game for Katella in her first season and
returning teammates Laura Booth and Cheyenne Williams could make the Knights
very difficult if they play to their potentials.