Etiwanda High School girls basketball coach Anders Anderson has always prided himself on playing the best competition he can find for his team.
It has shown as the Eagles have consistently been among the top teams in Southern California, even the state, regardless of classification.
If ever there was a year for Anderson to scale back that demanding schedule it was this year. He graduated nine players, including his top six, all of whom moved on to Division I schools.
If anything the Eagles schedule this year was even more difficult than it has been in years past.
The non-league schedule:
- Not one, but two games against Mission Hills Alemany, ranked No 6 in Division 1AA.
- Also two games vs. Vista Murrieta, No. 5 in Division 1AA
- Other games vs. Serra, No. 8 in Division 1AA; Chaminade, No. 2 in Division 1AA; Summit, No. 8 in Division 2AA; Norco, No. 3 in Division 2AA.
Next up, the Eagles are plying Windward on Wednesday. That’s just the reigning Southern Section Open Division champion.
A lot of coaches DON’T get it. They want to brag about their great record or their players’ statistics. But they always fall short in the end. (Anyone in the loop knows to which schools I am referring).
Anderson is clear that he has some talented players, they’re just inexperienced. By the end of the year they will be battle tested. So don’t be surprised if the Eagles make another run deep into the playoffs with a roster of players we’re just now getting to know.