Girls basketball advances to quarterfinals, defeating Desert 51-39

The first two rounds of the CIF Division Five AA playoffs for girls basketball is over, with the Griffin girls racking up a dominant 74-31 win over Cornelia Connelly High School Thursday night and a win in the second round against Desert High School 51-39 on Saturday evening in the Roy E. Disney Family Pavilion.

The girls were happy with their performance on Thursday night and prepared well for Saturday’s game, taking the game by 12 points.

“We dominated. Everyone got to play and everyone scored. We played as a team and we trusted each other to have our backs on the court,” senior co-captain Samantha Frey said about Thursday’s game.

Desert High School was the ninth seeded team in the tournament, making this Saturday a more difficult and high stake game than Cornelia Connelly, which was unranked.

“The game just the way we wanted it to. We watched film of Desert together and on our own in order to understand how they play,” sophomore Alyssa Furukawa.

Frey was injured during the second quarter of Saturday night’s game, suffering a strained foot ligament.

In the next round, the quarterfinals, the Griffins will play at the Orangewood Academy Spartans on Wednesday night at 7. The Spartans are ranked number one in the division.

“A lot of this win [came] from us being a mentally strong team. We know what needs to get done, and that’s why this is the first year we’re moving on to [the] quarterfinals in Buckley history,” Furukawa said.

With the proper rest over the next four days before the quarterfinal, Frey could be available against the Spartans on Wednesday night.

The team faces a second challenge with the loss of co-captain and senior Brenda Boudaie, who suffered a dislocated patella and torn MPFL against Providence High School on February 11.

Boudaie is the team’s third best scorer, with a total of 118 points scored this season. Boudaie’s influence on the team is not only limited to scoring, her leadership on the team has been missed by her teammates during games.

“Her injury was a tough loss to the team, she is an incredibly valuable player and amazing leader. We all knew that we were going to have to step up and play her minutes- and even play out of position to makeup for her absence,” Frey said.

With Boudaie’s injury, the team fell to Providence in the Liberty League finals, concluding their regular league season second place with a 6-1 record.