By: Matt Rothman
It had been a bit over a month since their last win, but the Coral Glades girls varsity basketball team earned their third win of the season following their 49-32 win on the road against J.P. Taravella High School on January 14.
Earlier in the season, they won against Olympic Heights and Pompano Beach High School, outscoring their opponents by 26 in the two games, but are coming off a loss to Western High School on Friday.
Leading the team has been junior Alyanna McGrath, who tied her season-high of 24 points on January 13.
McGrath is averaging in double figures in points and has been one of the best players in the district and routinely grabs ten plus rebounds a night.
While the game against J.P. Taravella was far from a perfect game, Head Coach Donnell Carr was happy with how the team has overcome adversity throughout the year with injuries despite some of the defensive lapses.
“They tried to dial in and execute what we were trying to do,” said Carr. “We moved the ball pretty well and did a decent job with our shot selection.
With only 12 points on the season, junior Candice Byrd finished in double figures with 11 points and added seven rebounds in the game. Also, Avril Lara remained the team’s second-leading scorer and the leader on the team in assists with 15 after registering one against JPT.
Their basketball team has only three seniors. Lia Sorrentino and Shania Rozier are the two freshmen on the team, and each average a bit more than two points per game. They have only played in 11 games combined, but are expected to be two sensational players for the next three and a half years.
Known as one of the best volleyball players in the county, senior Danielle Strong has been a leader for the Jaguars both on and off the court. The two other seniors on the team are six-foot center, G’Sanne Johnston and Breyonni Woodson, who have each been on the team for the past two seasons.
What has been impressive has been how the basketball team has played against some of the higher-ranked ones around. For instance, South Plantation High School, who has ten wins already this season, only beat the Jaguars by five points on November 26.
Up next, The Jaguars will travel to West Broward High School on Tuesday, January 21, at 6 p.m. Following that, they will have three more games away from Coral Springs to close out the season.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. Originally from Long Island, he moved to Parkland shortly after high school. Matt worked as the assistant sports editor for his school paper, eaglenews.com in college becoming just one of nine students in his graduating class to serve over 1,000 community service hours. His goal is to travel to every Major League Baseball stadium and has been to multiple US Open finals. He hopes to one day to be a beat writer for a professional team.
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