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With the new season of athletics at La Costa Canyon just getting off its feet, many teams are being greeted with new talent.

For Girls’ Basketball, this new talent is brought by two freshmen: Carolina Sanchez and Alexis Machian.

The girls are coached by John Farrell, who is historically known to have freshman players develop their skills on the JV team. Yet, an increased sense of urgency is felt by the team in the first year without phenom Taylor Pierce (University of Idaho). This has led Coach Farrell to bring on not just one freshman player, but two.

With the large jump in level of play from middle school basketball to Varsity, the girls also have to step up their game to prove they belong. With the encouragement of the upperclassmen, the freshmen are well underway.

“Having freshmen brings new energy to the team,” senior Jessica Curtis said. “When you teach someone something, you learn it better yourself, so teaching them plays helps you out.”

From an upperclassman perspective, freshmen aid in making the team more complete.

“It brings the team together and teaches us that it’s not all about seniority,” junior Margaux Eibel said.

Being an underclassman on Varsity can prove to be tough, as the strong, physical competition in comparison to years past can pose difficulties.

“It’s bittersweet,” Sanchez said. “You need to meet their standards and you need to step up to the plate and prove that you belong there or else there’s no point.”

To help the underclassmen improve, many of the seniors and juniors are brought on to help coach and mentor the younger players.

“They’ll motivate you,” Machian said. “They won’t bring you down and they understand how tough it is and they’ll coach us through it.”

As previously stated, another problem these girls may face is the difference of the game from eighth grade to Varsity.

“It’s a lot faster and way more aggressive,” Machian said. “The style of coaching is different.”

Coach Farrell realizes that both Machian and Sanchez are a part of the Varsity team for a reason, and thus poses greater demands.

“Our coaches can get hard on us sometimes,” Curtis said. “It’s important that we support the underclassmen and tell them to not worry about playing time. There are more important things about being on a team.”

The underclassmen are shaping the future of LCC Girls Basketball. The hard work and commitment they have put in gives hope to the upperclassmen that their legacy will be in good hands.

“I see a lot of potential when it comes to the upcoming years,” Curtis said. “We’ll be lacking height but with the hard work that is put in, I think it will be a big factor in their success.”

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