The seventh-grade girls basketball team from Half Moon Bay dominated Thursday in the Catholic Youth Organization championship game. Our Lady of the Pillar defeated the Brandeis School of San Francisco, 30-13.
The victory was a team effort led by defensive pressure with a well-rounded scoring attack.
Emily Lunasin carried the team through the first quarter, scoring all seven points, starting with a 3-pointer to get her team on the board.
At the half, OLP was up 14-6 and then went on a 12-2 run to close out the third quarter, leading 26-8.
Sarah Quosig was all over the court with four points, eight rebounds and four assists. Ceci Ryan led with 10 points, and Payton Holm contributed with six points, seven boards and three steals.
Defensive contributions included a steal and a layup from Kamryn Lamprecht and eight rebounds from Sevena Swanson, while Josie Nelson and Kayla Messick applied a swarming approach while defending their opponents.
Most of the girls have been playing together for the last nine months, first at Cunha Intermediate School, then with a program in San Jose, and now through CYO in Half Moon Bay.
John Holm has been coaching a number of the girls for years and said it is great to see them growing up as athletes. He said the team will probably participate in a tournament in Sacramento in August, which will include fun time with teammates at the hotel pool and on the road as well as time on the court.
“That’s what they remember the most,” he said. “The camaraderie and the friendships that have blossomed through basketball.”