If you talk with third year coach of Stockdale's girls basketball team, Keith Cash, the other team won't win if they can't score. "When we play team defense and contribute to our team offense we look like a solid team," he said.
One of those contributors is junior point guard Jiana Boston. "(She's) one of the best defensive players in the section," said Cash. "Her ability to play on ball defense and take charges, beat people to the ball is just phenomenal."
While her defense is good, it was her offense that stood out. Tied with Fresno with seconds on the clock, coach Cash drew up a play that proved to be money with Boston taking the final shot.
"It felt like a good shot and I was just praying and hoping it went in because we deserved to win and fought hard the whole game," she said. Her baseline jumper with zeros on the clock sealed Stockdale's first win of the season after two losses by a combined four points.
She says she's watched the video of her game winner "20-30 times" but her repetition doesn't end there. She says she would have never hit the winner if not for her offseason work to develop a jump shot. "It's changed my game," Boston said. "Now I'm a threat on both sides not just driving."
That new found confidence carried into the Mustangs' next game, a 79-32 win over Garces, in Shafter's "Play with Honor" Tournament.
Like Stephen Hicks on Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/StephenHicks23ABC
Follow him on Twitter- https://twitter.com/stephenhicks23