The Quest for a City Championship

Strong leadership and a deep bench look to propel Lady Wolves to city title.


By Joshua Updegraph

After an early exit in the CIF Division II quarterfinals, the Van Nuys Girls Basketball Team is aiming to make a deep playoff and capturing a city championship this year.

The Wolves are once again in the hunt for the crown, alongside fellow Division II powerhouses South Gate, Chatsworth and Hamilton High. After a 77-43 loss to Crenshaw, the Wolves began to regroup during the offseason.

The team would have a roster of eight returning Varsity players with the addition of two new players from the Junior Varsity team. Led by captains Roselyn Poommai and Jackie Buenaventura, the two seniors are determined to lead their team to glory this season.

For Buenaventura she looks to bring her defensive intensity to her squad as her pesky defense causes her opponents to mishandle the ball. On the offensive end her mid range shot and slashing ability is key to the team’s success.

“My aggressiveness and energy on both offense and defense provides a spark for the team whether it is in practices or in games,” said Buenaventura.

Using her court vision and passing ability, Poommai is the focal the point of the team’s offense. Known for her quick hands and hustle, she succeeds in pickpocketing her foes and instigating the fastbreak. With her shifty dribbling skills, she crosses up defenders and at times–breaks their ankles.

“I lead through my voice, example, and spirit,” Poommai said.

Other notable players in the team include the veterans: Jennifer Lee and Meshiaro Guzman.

Constantly working out in the gym, the two Junior Guards are focused on raising their game to another level. Both of them possess tremendous hustle and tenacity on defense while locking down defenders. Their unselfish nature on offense is displayed as they are willing to make the extra pass.

Combined with strong leadership and a deep bench, the Lady Wolves are poised to make some noise this season as the veterans and captains are in store for a breakout year.