Bulldog girls basketball has high expectations for season

By Bill Tamburrino

After sharing the Valley League title last season with an 8-2 record, Ramona High girls basketball coach Dan Marshall would like to be a little more selfish this season.

The Bulldog girls went 18-11 on the season and advanced to the playoffs as they have every season under Marshall’s tutelage. Marshall has the most wins in Ramona basketball history with a 315-131 lifetime varsity record.

The Lady Bulldogs return six players from last year’s team. Senior guards Kailey Hill and Christina Barrameda and forward Ashlyn Savage are all back.

Hill averaged 11 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists a game and was a shut down defender with 71 steals and a team-high 31 blocked shots. Barrameda averaged 7.5 points,  five rebounds and two assists per game and recorded 68 steals on defense. Savage averaged 1.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and had 12 steals.

Juniors Katherine Mauldin and Micaela Fields return, and junior Lauren Werhanowicz is up from the junior varsity. Mauldin led the team in scoring and rebounding last season. She scored 12.8 points per game with 9.9 rebounds which is technically a double double. She recorded 44 steals on D. Fields averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 boards.

Hannah Farhat and Kylee Scheib return after earning letters as freshmen. Molly McLeod is a first-year varsity player. Farhat sunk 16 3-pointers and averaged 2.7 points. Scheib averaged 2 points and 3 rebounds a game. Frosh guard Chiara Mattern also made the roster.

“We have some very versatile athletes that play hard and play as a team. Kailey and Christina are both three-sport athletes and are fierce competitors in all of their endeavors. Katherine has lettered in two varsity sports. We hope to compete for a league title and make a run in the playoffs. This group is fun to coach,” said Marshall.

Ramona opened its season Nov. 30 by traveling to Chula Vista High School in the first game of the Westview Tournament. The Bulldog girls beat Chula Vista 44-37.

“It was a tough test. Chula Vista is a very physical team. We can be physical too so it was not pretty. We got off to a slow start but we hung in and played well in the second half and put the game away in the final period.

“Katherine (Mauldin) was solid on defense and in the paint in the first half, and she scored all 12 of her points in the second half to pace our offense,” said Marshall.

Mauldin recorded a double-grabbing 21 boards to go with her 12 points. Barrameda also turned in a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Hill scored 7 points and grabbed six boards and led the team with two steals. Scheib scored 5 points and grabbed six boards. Fields also scored 5 points. Farhat contributed 4 points. Barrameda, Farhat and Fields all hit 3-point shots.

The Lady Dawgs play a tough schedule, are a Division II team, and have high expectations.

   
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