A lot of coaches would be thrilled with a 31-point victory. But the way the Foothill College women’s basketball team went about beating Las Positas last week left Jody Craig concerned.
“We’re not playoff-ready at this point,” the coach said after the Owls’ 74-43 win at Las Positas Feb. 9. “We’ve got some work to do.”
First-place Foothill held only a 25-18 lead over last-place Las Positas at halftime, prompting Craig to give her players a stern talking-to.
“We did good things defensively, but we weren’t aggressive on the offensive end and were a little out of rhythm,” she said. “So at half, I challenged them: ‘Why aren’t you attacking them? Why aren’t you taking over and putting your pride on the line?’”
The Owls got the message. They opened the second half with a 16-5 run and extended their advantage to 55-30 with nine minutes remaining.
“We played with more heart and emotion in the second half,” Craig said. “We picked up the pace defensively, attacked more and gave them different looks.”
Point guard Raeshel Contreras, in her second game back from a knee injury, led the charge. The freshman finished with a team-high 18 points, all of which came on 3-pointers. Addie Schivo scored 13 points and fellow sophomore shooting guard Stephanie Agostini added 11.
Foothill, ranked No. 2 in Northern California, improved to 23-4 overall and 7-1 in the Coast Conference North Division. But the Owls have yet to meet Craig’s lofty expectations.
“We’re not playing close to our potential,” she said. “We need to be more efficient and pick up the pace – I’m looking for more of a sense of urgency with this team than I’ve been seeing.”
Foothill is scheduled to host Skyline 7 p.m. today and conclude conference play 5 p.m. Friday against visiting San Mateo. The playoffs are set to start next week.