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Cardinals Hoops: Work in Progress

Posted: February 4, 2008 4:10 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2008 2:03 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball team has gotten good use of its current 11-11 season.

A team featuring only three seniors is looking to use this year as a developmental step.
"In the next couple of years these guys are going to be able to step into big roles," said Cardinals head coach James Mosley.
The roster currently features one junior, five sophomores and one freshman.
Despite coming off a 58-38 homecoming victory over Grace Brethren Saturday, Santa Clarita Christian's age has proven to be a factor during league play as it has posted a 2-5 record.
"Our league is more experienced," Mosley said. "We struggle in league."
The Cardinals' struggles began at the start of league play. They came into it with an 8-5 overall record but followed with four straight league losses.
The Cardinals' first win came against Los Angeles Lutheran Tuesday in a decisive 74-41 win.
Despite the struggles and developmental process, Santa Clarita still has hopes of making the playoffs.
Coming into the game against Grace Brethren, Mosley had hoped to win at least two out of the last three remaining games on their schedule to remain in contention. The Cardinals started Mosley's goals on a positive note with the win.
Among the top Cardinals contributors are J.P. Dennis and David Perrault.
Dennis leads the Heritage League in points per game (20.2), 3-pointers per game (2.6), and assists (3.8).
"He's been asked to do a lot and he's performed well," Mosley said. "A lot of other coaches in our league respect him a lot."
Perrault averages 17 points.
"Those two guys are really the glue that have been holding us together this year," Mosley said.
One of Mosley's concerns this season has been the lack of a third option.
Among Mosley's potential third scorers are football star Collin Keoshian. Keoshian, who plays quarterback and linebacker, has shown his presence on the defensive side of the basketball court. He averages 1.1 blocks and nine rebounds per game.
Santa Clarita Christian will play its final league game against Faith Baptist Tuesday.
SCCS Girls Basketball
Much like the male version, the Santa Clarita Christian girls basketball team is also in what head coach Bob Gaby calls a "developmental season."
Also like the Cardinal boys team, the girls squad features a very young squad. The Lady Cardinals have no seniors on their roster which is made up of two juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
"I've been more of a teacher than a coach this year," Gaby said. "Having a young team like this, its been nice to have girls that have been eager to learn. Eager to learn the right way."
Besides the inexperience, Gaby has also had to deal with having only eight players on the roster.
The Cardinals have struggled in their one-win season. Santa Clarita Christian (1-16, 0-8) has yet to win a league game.
"We just don't have the experience a lot of other teams have," Gaby said. "There's a lot of youth and a lot of inexperience."
Their sole win came in the Tri City Tournament.
Among the players the Cardinals look for is junior Karla Eberlein, the team's leading scorer. Eberlein has taken a leadership role amongst her teammates.
"I can't think of a young person that would have handled this season better than her," Gaby said. "She always looks at the positives."
Eberlein was temporarily sidelined with a sprained ankle.
Gaby has seen progress in some of his players this season.
"Laide Akao has really started to develop her game as a post player," Gaby said. "She has really come on in the last couple of games."
The Cardinals will close out league play Tuesday against Faith Baptist.


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