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Wilson Girls’ Basketball Preview

Wilson coach Erin Carey was doing everything she could with her team during the shutdown–daily workouts outside, running, and other drills outside of the gym. Once she stepped back in the gym in preparation for the season, she was reminded of the difference.

“There’s something different about being in the gym, so we’re working really hard to get ready,” she said.

The Bruins won the Division 3 CIF-SS title last year and have been bumped up to Division 1 with Poly and Millikan this year as a result. Carey said her veteran team is ready for the challenge of improving on their typical third-place league finish, and embracing the D1 challenge.

“The girls are hungry,” she said. “Our overall season goal is knocking Millikan off that second spot and giving Poly a run for their money–we’ve been in that third and fourth spot forever.”

The Bruins return a ton of talent, including guard Ashley Hawkins, who’s playing the three-spot to get her more off-ball action. Sydney Ross will run point and continues to excel on both ends of the court, and Lily Triassi is back and healthy. In the post, Arielle Hines and Teihani Sagiao are poised to stand out.

“For my first time coaching here we have kids really fighting for spots,” said Carey. “We’re deeper than we have been and we have kids who have embraced battling.”

Long Beach Girls’ Basketball Preview

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.