Santa Paula Times

(Photo above left) The varsity girls pose for the camera (l-r, back row): Coach Mark Blankenship, Miranda Magaña, Yesenia Mancilla, Lupita Ramirez, Elissa Rico, Lizzette Ramirez, Janessa Tubbs, JV Coach Stephanie Cardona. (l-r, front row): Felicia Magaña, Isela Vasquez, Monica Castanon, Mariah Dominguez, Danya Zizumbo, Clara Ramirez. (Above right) Yesenia Mancilla (31), a Mission Prep player and Lupita Ramirez (30) crash to the floor as they struggle for the ball.

Lady Cards play in first CIF playoff game in 8 years

February 23, 2011

The Lady Cardinal basketball team had their first CIF playoff game in eight years last week, as they hosted Mission Prep.

The Cardinal girls played hard throughout the game, but ultimately lost 61-34.  “The Cards came a long way this year, battling each and every night, never giving up,” said first-year Head Coach Mark Blankenship.  “The girls enjoyed a good season, finishing second in the Frontier League and making it to CIF.  All the hard work paid off!”  He added a thank you to the parents and the fans and said the team looks forward to a successful season next year, as well as another trip to CIF.

The Mission Prep Royals defense forced Santa Paula into double-digit turnovers in the first quarter, setting the tone for the contest.  Felicia Magaña led the way for the Lady Cards with 12 points.  She was followed by Elissa Rico with 8 points and four rebounds.  Yesenia Mancilla had 7 points, nine rebounds, five steals and two blocks.