This season has already been historic for the Compton girls’ basketball team. On Friday night, the team effectively started the playoffs with a fourth-place tiebreaker game against Wilson, held at Jordan. With the two teams tied for the Moore League’s last remaining playoff spot, it was win or go home for both teams, and Compton prevailed 60-53.
“I’m beyond words, I’m so happy for the girls and for the school,” said Compton head coach Derrick Anderson. “We deserve it. We’ve worked so hard all year, and I’m glad we were able to do this at Compton.”
Compton got up big early thanks to a 24-point first quarter, which put them up 24-14 after eight minutes. Shayna Sanders and Makaia Smith were elite down low for Compton, and their teammates found them early and often. Anderson’s strategy called for an inside-first game, and his team shot just four 3-pointers.
“Not to brag but when I get on the court I do my thing,” said Sanders, who led all scorers with 25 points. “My teammates are always looking for me and when we miss a shot I always try to get a put-back.”
Compton is ranked No. 15 in CIF-SS Division 4AA and will await Sunday’s playoff bracket release. Wilson was led by Samiya Terry (15 points) and Lily Triassi’s 19 points. Compton got 17 points from Smith.