2008-09 Girls’ Hoops Preview!

November 30, 2008 by  

BURBANK — It was a successful 2007-08 season for the local girls’ basketball teams — well, for three of the four teams anyway.

While Burroughs, Burbank and Bellarmine-Jefferson high qualified for the playoffs, Providence had an uncharacteristically down year, as the Pioneers didn’t make the postseason and had the first losing record in Coach Andrew Bencze’s tenure.                    

The Guards were able to enjoy the most success in the postseason, as they advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division IVA championship game.

With all the teams possessing their share of talented returning players, infused with some promising newcomers, it looks like the four could all make the playoffs this season.

Here is a look at how the teams are shaping up: 


The Guards (25-6) had a wildly successful season a year ago. Bell-Jeff was co-Santa Cruz League champions with St. Mary’s Academy and fell in the CIF championship game to the rival Belles, 78-38. 

Luckily for the Guards, they didn’t lose much from last season. In addition, the team has some freshmen who could make instant impacts.

“I think we’re even better this season than we were last season,” Camacho said. “One of the keys for us is that we’re going to have a lot of depth.

”Returning for the Guards are three All-LA84 (formally All-CIF) players, led by senior guard Shelley Gupilan. Last season, Gupilan (14.8 points and 9.6 rebounds a game) was the All-Area Player of the Year and co-league player of the year.

The other two All-LA84 players are senior guard Elizabeth Hawthorne (7.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.1 blocks) and junior guard Margeaux Gupilan (12.8 points and 4.3 assists).

Another key returner is junior guard Julia Tani.

“Those are players we relied on a great deal last season,” Camacho said. “And we’re going to need them this season.”

Three players Camacho is excited about are freshmen Averie-Alice Guzman, Jasmine Smith and Rishonda Napier, all of whom the coach said could see their share of playing time.

With a tougher nonleague schedule this season that includes bigger schools, Camacho is hoping to have his squad ready for Santa Cruz League play.

“Until somebody knocks them off, St. Mary’s is the team to beat in our league,” Camacho said. “I also think St. Anthony should be good.”

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