How is the Las Positas College women’s basketball team doing these days?
“Not too shabby,” says Hawks coach Clarence Morgan.
That sounds like an appropriate early season assessment for a 4-4 squad coming off a credible third-place finish in the Cuesta College tournament, capped by 61-49 win over L.A. Pierce.
The Hawks sandwiched wins over Monterey Peninsula (72-71 in overtime) and LA Pierce around a loss to Allan Hancock (68-40) in the tourney.
Against Pierce, Janelle Bumagat, with 25 points and six assists, and Samantha Roney, with 22 points, led the way.
Bumagat is enjoying a strong start to the season, having been selected to the Cuesta and Las Positas all-tournament teams.
“She’s playing extremely well right now,” Morgan said of Bumagat.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, they lost Jazmyn Gonzalez to an ACL injury early in the season, and her backup went down with an injury two games later. The team added Hawks soccer goalkeeper Ali Nunes, a freshman, to help fill out the roster. The multi-talented Nunes previously excelled as a goalkeeper at California High.
Morgan is confident the Hawks will be “OK” if they can stay healthy the rest of the way. His team is preparing to compete in the powerful Coast-North, topped by CCSF and Chabot.
Las Positas has a tough matchup against with highly ranked Diablo Valley (8-2) Friday in the Fresno City tourney.
The Hawks continued their robust start to the season with an 82-59 rout of Sacramento City Saturday to complete the Cosumnes River tournament. The victory followed an 81-76 loss to Cosumnes River and a 75-53 win over Napa.
Of course, it’s all part of the preparation for the mighty Coast-North.
How strong is the Coast-North? Look at these imposing overall records of the top five teams: defending state champion CCSF (10-1), Las Positas (9-2), Ohlone (9-2), Foothill (7-2), and Canada (7-4). So, it will be another dogfight among top dogs to the finish.
Las Positas will open conference play at Foothill on Jan. 4.
Hawks guard Keith Hunter entered the week No. 4 in the Coast-North in scoring at 16.0 points a game, and guard Caleb Baskett is ninth at 14.3. Forward Stokley Chaffee tops the Coast-North in rebounds with 10.5 a game and field goal percentage at 60.0. He’s averaging 13.8 ppg.
-- Matt Schwab