Erin O’Connor is taking over the Lady Bulldogs basketball program, but she doesn’t have to rebuild. Coach O’Connor is in the reload mode.
Last season the Lady Dawgs went 20-9 and advanced to the semifinals in the CIF playoffs before losing to Valley League rival Mt. Carmel.
Coach Dan Marshall was at the helm, but O’Connor was on the bench and at practices coaching. She may be a first year head coach, but she is not a novice or a newcomer to the Lady Bulldog program.
The Lady Dawgs have six seniors on the roster. All saw action last season. Kellie Schoepp is back for her fourth varsity campaign. Last season Schoepp averaged 9.7 points per game. The 5’10 forward hit three 3-point shots. Schoepp is also a force under the boards on both ends of the court.
Tessa Balcom is a 5’6 guard. She averaged 1.2 points a game and hit three 3-point goals. Jessica Beam is a 5’3 inch guard who averaged 1.1 PPG and sunk one 3-pointer.
Christie Flores averaged .8 PPG and hit one trhee point goal. She is 5’6 and can play guard or forward. Morgan Gross averaged 1.5 PPG. The 5’8 forward is a steady rebounder. She will be reporting late because she is a member of the CIF championship volleyball team.
Felisha Stead is a 5’5 guard who averaged one point per game and sunk three from beyond the arch.
Two juniors are on the squad. Tori Sheppard will be reporting late after volleyball.
She is the libero on the CIF championship team. Last season Tori averaged 1.5 PPG. Courtney Robinson is a 5’8 junior who plays forward and center. She is up from the junior varsity.
Three sophomores are listed on the roster. Paige Conroy lettered last season. She the 5’7 guard saw plenty of action and averaged 2.7 PPG. She sank seven shots form behind the arch.
Rae Anne Van Tol and Kim Whelehon are up from the junior varsity. Van Tol is 5’11 and can play center and forward. Whelehon is a 5’4 guard.
This will be the Lady Dawgs last season in the Valley League. Next season they join the Palomar League.
The Lady Dawgs won the first Valley League title and would like to go out with another banner in the gym.