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Girls Basketball: Three things learned

Updated: March 5, 2014 6:22AM



1. Bloom can’t catch a break. The Blazing Trojans suffered their latest setbacks in a 70-62 loss Jan. 30 to Rich South when in separate incidents frontliners Danielle King and Anika Johnson suffered Grade 3 ankle sprains. Bloom coach Ron Newquist said both could be out until the state playoffs.

2. Erin Drynan is vital. The 6-foot-2 junior forward was pretty much out of the mix during the first half of Mother McAuley’s battle against Hillcrest on Jan. 29, only to spring to life in the third quarter and pull down several rebounds as the Mighty Macs went on to win. She finished with 10 rebounds. Long-term, she should be a force next season. Short-term, more consistency in the middle could make McAuley a formidable state playoff team.

3. Sandburg fans, be patient. The Eagles might be the most wildly inconsistent team in the Southland this season, but that’s what you get with young kids who have talent but not veteran moxie or the physical strength of a junior or senior. Freshmen Kate and Julia Ruzevich and sophomores Victoria Stavropoulos, Jessica Merino, Lauren O’Leary and Erin Cronin are a future force in waiting.

Tony Baranek



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