Brief: Girls’ basketball defeats Wilcox 45-33 in CCS semifinals


Photo provided by Kathy Borsos

Paly pointguard Stephanie Allen ('13) goes for a rebound against Wilcox forward Josetta Fatuesi ('14). Allen had 10 points tonight.

Shannon Scheel, Columnist

The girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Wilcox High School 45-33 tonight at Christopher High School in Gilroy. Reminiscent of last year’s squad who won the Central Coast Section (CCS) title for the first time in Paly history, the Lady Vikes will defend their title against cross-town rival Gunn High School this Saturday at Santa Clara University at 6 p.m.

Paly fell to Wilcox once this season, which was one of the team’s two losses in league, the other being Gunn. The three teams tied for league and drew names out of a hat to determine which seed each team would be in league. Gunn got the number one seed, Wilcox got second, and Paly was left with the number three seed.

Tonight, Paly took an early lead against the Lady Chargers. The Lady Vikes were up 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and widened the gap to 22-15 by the half.

“I didn’t even think losing was a possibility going into the game,” forward Emilee Osagiede (’12) said. “It’s my senior year and I want to go out with a bang.”

Paly guard Lindsay Black (’12), who was the top scorer for Paly today with 16 points, attributes the team’s effectiveness to its tough defense.

“We got out on their three point shooters and rotated well,” Black said. “Even if our rotation was off, someone was always there to back them up.”

Paly held Wilcox forward Josetta Fatuesi (’14), who was named the league MVP, to only three points in the first half. Osagiede felt prepared to guard her.

“I wasn’t nervous because I know how to guard her,” Osagiede said. “Knowing how to guard her is one thing, being able to is another.”

Osagiede and point guard Stephanie Allen (’13) both had ten points on the night. In the second half Paly continued solid defensive, and was up 36-23 at the end of the third quarter. The final score was 45-33.

The Lady Vikes play Gunn at Santa Clara this Saturday, whom they beat last year for the CCS title in the finals. Win or lose, the Lady Vikes will continue to the first round of NorCal playoffs.

“I’m looking forward to showing Gunn who the real CCS champions should be,” Osagiede said.