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Lady Monarchs Are Ready For Challenges

Under new Head Coach Monica Hang, and a team composed of 10 new players, the women’s basketball team

Published: Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 18:11

EXCITEMENT

varughan chapanian, photo editor | Valley Star

EXCITEMENT - The lady Monarch basketball team looks forward to the season

Coming off an overall record of 9-16 and a conference record of 6-6, the women's basketball team is up for a challenge.  However, this year the team has two challenges that they are ready to overcome: adjusting to a new coach and improving their record. 

"We have a tough schedule," said Coach Hang.  "It's probably one of the toughest in the state.  We play against a team who won state, Ventura College, and a lot of teams that are ranked in the state."

These 16 girls are definitely looking forward to this season. However, there are some players that are back from last year such as Porcha Davis, first team all conference last year, coming back as a sophomore and Chriselle "Kookie" Taloma, sophomore point guard, who are definitely prepared for the upcoming season.

I'm looking forward to the games and I expect to see [everyone's] faces there," said Taloma. "We have a lot of fresh meat."

"I'm excited to see what the team has to offer as a group," said transfer, Richelle Navera. "There's a lot of new people and transfers.  It's going to be different than last year from what I know."

This year, under Hang, the girls are focusing on a motto that Hang came up with while she was a college athlete herself, "Nothing is impossible."

"I love challenges as an individual," said Hang. "When someone tells me that I can't do something, I use it as a positive.  It motivates me."

And motivation is a key component for Hang while she coaches, especially for the upcoming season.

"I think we're going to have an awesome season," Taloma said.  "It's serious, but fun at the same time."

The first game for the women's basketball team is Monday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at home against the Napa Valley Storm.  

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