The Malibu High School girls basketball team, under sixth-year head coach Andy Meyer, held its first formal practice of the season this past week. Last season, the Sharks won the first post-season CIF Tournament playoff game in the High School’s history, notching a victory with a basket with four seconds remaining to defeat a stronger, favored team from Costa Mesa.
Two starters return from that team: All-Frontier League (first team) senior guard Danielle Bush and All-Frontier League (honorable mention) senior guard Hannah Robinson. Also returning are two players who last year earned considerable playing time, senior forward Zoe Katz and junior center Carolyn “Freshie” Pushaw, fast developing into one of the imposing centers in the league. Additionally, competing for playing time are promising newcomers Tallulah Daly and Sam Stafford as well as last season’s junior varsity members, Denasjah Nyirenda, Sierra Hinds, Lexie Kelly and Itze DeJesus.
Meyer has scheduled scrimmages with teams from Bishop Diego and Hueneme before the season opener Dec. 2 against Holy Family on the Sharks’ home court.
The girls will compete in two tournaments this season. One is at The Viewpoint School and the other is the annual three-day Avalon Girls’ Tournament at Catalina Island.
“You should come see this group play,” Meyer said. “They’re an appealing, competitive, fun, ‘go-for-it’ gang of girls, and will win more than their share of games.”