With our administration, faculty, student body, family and friends cheering with a frenzy Tuesday night, the Lady Minutemen fought to the buzzer but couldn’t pull off the win in their first ever CIF State Playoff game. The entire gym had a college atmosphere and was as loud as ever with girls basketball alums and their parents in attendance along with CIF Hall of Fame and California Community College Hall of Fame retired Coach George Terzian and his lovely wife Danita Terzian courtside. The Lady Minutemen went up by as many as nine points in the third quarter but with four players either injured or sick, the Minutemen ran out of gas and soon found themselves behind with seconds remaining. Junior guard, Patil Yaacoubian hit a gigantic three point shot with nine seconds remaining to bring the Lady Minutemen close, down by one point as the Maranatha crowd went absolutely wild. Patil finished with 23 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Sophomore center/forward, Mikayla Murphy was sensational with seven blocked shots, seven rebounds, and eight points. Sophomore guard, Emily Jordan scored seven points, Sophomore forward Mia Chang scored four points to go with six rebounds. Junior guards, Merci Turner and Mireille Minassian both chipped in two points to round out the scoring for Maranatha. Sophomore defensive specialist, Hope Hayashida gave her usual stellar efforts but had been hampered most of the week with flu symptoms and fever as did outstanding Freshman guard, Kamryn Asaoka who had her father go home at half time to bring her to the game because she could not stand waiting for results at home. Senior Forward, Erica De Guzman who has held a 4.5 and higher G.P.A her entire high career and only missed three questions on her SAT last year was noticeably absent as she suffered from flu symptoms and fever most of the week as well. Junior guard, Naomi Turner and Sophomore forward, Taliana Marganian were both out with injuries but it didn’t stop them from cheering madly from the bench with Junior, Macy Asaoka.
The Lady Minutemen finished the season with a 20-9 overall record and returns practically the entire team next season with optimism for continued success. Great job ladies.