Marshall returns to coach girls basketball, team reaches tournament championships

Katherine Mauldin and Christina Barrameda guard Torrey Pines center Sierra Campisano.  Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino
Katherine Mauldin and Christina Barrameda guard Torrey Pines center Sierra Campisano. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

By Bill Tamburrino

Coach Dan Marshall is back after a two year absence at the helm of the Ramona High School girls basketball program. He will be leading the team as it enters the Valley League, after two years in the Palomar League.

Last season the Lady Bulldogs went 12-14 on the season and 2-8 in the Palomar League.

Marshall is no stranger to Valley League action. He has won six titles and in the years that he did not win a championship his teams came in second place. In 15 years at the helm, Marshall has 305 wins, 131 losses, and one CIF runner-up plaque on his resume.

Marshall has three seniors on the roster. Niki Spring, who is back as guard, averaged 1.8 points per game, grabbed 32 rebounds and snatched 13 steals. Julie Ward, also back as a guard, averaged .8 points per game, grabbed 22 boards and had eight steals. Hannah Seits is new to the program and will play center.

Five juniors are listed on the roster. Kailey Hill returns after averaging three points a game, grabbing 56 rebounds, and grabbing 20 steals as a guard. Ashlyn Savage also returns at forward. Savage averaged .5 points a game, grabbed 22 boards, and had nine steals. Christina Barrameda, Cory Zuniga and Kara Banegas are new to the squad. Barrameda is a guard and Zuniga and Banegas are forwards.

Sophomores Katherine Mauldin and Macaela Fields made the squad. Mauldin lettered last season as she averaged 2.5 points a game, grabbed 62 rebounds, and had six steals as a forward. Fields is a guard.

Three freshmen made the team: Mackenzie Griffin, Hannah Farhat and Kylee Scheib. Griffin and Scheib are forwards and Farhat is a guard.

Marshall and assistant coach Kenny Scheib got the Lady Dawgs off to a great start as the team marched through the opening rounds of the Coronado Tournament and got a berth in the championship game. The girls finished their first two weeks of action with a 5-2 record and took second place in the Coronado Tournament.

The Lady Dawgs opened day one of the Coronado Tournament with two victories.

They began with a 63-31 romp over Steele Canyon. The Lady Dawg defense dominated the entire game. Ramona limited the Cougars to 1 point in the first quarter as they got off to a 20-1 lead. Ramona limited Steele Canyon to 5 points in the second quarter and 7 points in the third period. Mauldin led the Lady Dawgs in scoring and rebounding. The sophomore forward scored 14 points and grabbed nine boards. Nine other girls scored in the game: Hill (6), Griffin (6), Barrameda (7), Farhat (8), Fields (7), Scheib (5), Zuniga (4), Banegas (4), and Ward (2).

Ramona then achieved a 30-17 first half lead over Hoover in the second game of the day and had to hold on for a 58-50 victory.

“We ran and pressed the entire first game and in the second game. It caught up with us in the second half of the second game. We are not in the shape that we want to be in but we will work on that. Every girl played hard. This is going to be a fun team to coach,” said Marshall.

Mauldin had a double double in the victory over Hoover as she scored 15 and grabbed 15 boards. Hill, Ward and Barrameda all scored 10 points apiece and Hill grabbed nine rebounds. Scheib added 5 points to the offense.

Day two of the tourney provided no challenge as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a berth in the championship game.

Ramona started the day by beating San Dieguito Academy 65-26. Mauldin again led all scorers with a season high 18 points. Hill (6), Griffin (4), Ward (11), Barrameda (9), Farhat (3), Fields (10), Scheib (2), and Zuniga also scored in the contest. Griffin led the team with eight rebounds.

Ramona finished the day by beating host Coronado High School 52-7 The Lady Dawg defense limited the Islanders to 1 point in the final three quarters. Mauldin again led all scorers with 14 points. Zuniga (5), Hill (6), Griffin (2), Ward (4), Barrameda (10), Fields (8), and Scheib (3) also scored in the semifinal win.

The Lady Dawgs ran their win streak to five as they beat Sweetwater High School 54-41 in a non-league game. Hill (10), Ward (13), Barrameda (12), and Mauldin (13) all scored in the win. Fields added 6 points and led the team with eight boards. Hill, Ward and Mauldin all grabbed seven rebounds apiece.

Torrey Pines High School handed the Lady Dawgs their first loss of the season in a North County Tournament game at the Dawg House by a score of 74-46. Hill (11), Barrameda (14) and Mauldin (10) all scored in double figures. Mauldin led with eight rebounds.

The Bulldog girls fell to Granite Hills 56-49 in the championship game of the Coronado Tournament, Dec. 1. Hill and Mauldin scored 13 and 12 points respectively and both were named to the All Tournament team. Mauldin grabbed a game high 13 boards in the game.

   
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