The South Pasadena High School varsity girls’ basketball team achieved one of its goals this season following a 67-32 rout over visiting Monrovia at the middle school on Tuesday.
With the big win, the Tigers (13-12 overall record) secured second place in the Rio Hondo League standings with a 5-2 record behind first-place La Cañada.
“We needed it,” said SPHS head coach Cody Madsen. “Our goal every year is to be first. Of course we’ll take second. We’re just trying to be more competitive every year, winning games and playing the right way. We did that tonight.”
The Tigers certainly put their talent on display and posted one of their most lopsided victories of the season.
“We’re senior heavy, and we have a lot of experienced players,” said Madsen. “We have a lot of people who have been in the program and competing with each other for a long time. Our team chemistry is amazing. They play for each other and they play hard. We have good young players as well. Allysan Tse and Alyssa Chan came in to play big minutes for us. From top to bottom, this is one of the deepest teams we’ve ever had.”
That depth and chemistry is what gives Madsen and his coaching staff confidence going into the postseason. The Tigers will close out the regular season on the road against rival San Marino High School today at 5:15 p.m. The CIF Southern Section will announce the girls’ basketball playoff pairings this Sunday at noon.
“I think we’re hitting our stride at the right moment,” Madsen said. “We’re one or two big wins away from where we want to be, but we’ll use that as motivation for our first-round matchup. Our goal is to go as deep as possible. I think with our group, we can make some noise and get what we deserve.”