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Glendale, Flintridge Prep girls' basketball look for playoff returns

Nitros, Gaels and Rebels hoping to get back to postseason, while CV looks to get back on track.

November 20, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

After making an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs last season with a senior-laden team, the Glendale High girls’ basketball team now finds itself partially rebuilding.

Glendale Coach Tania Adary saw some progress made during the summer, giving her a better idea of what might be on tap for the Nitros.

“We have a new team for the most part and they have a lot of energy,” said Adary, whose team took fourth in the Pacific League before falling in the first round of the playoffs last season. “The new players seemed to come together in the summer and we hope that we can mesh well once the season starts.

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“We come in with high hopes and want to show a lot of heart out there on the court.”

The Pacific League will figure to be very competitive with Burroughs, Burbank, Arcadia and Crescenta Valley in the mix. The Nitros would like to put themselves in the conversation with the aforementioned teams.

Glendale will bring back senior guard Karah Hui and senior guard/forward Ivet Satorian to play alongside sophomore center Kristina Sahakian.

Adary, who will begin her ninth season with Glendale, said it might take a while for the team to jell.

“We’ll use the first game or two to test everything out,” Adary said. “We want to make sure we are competing no matter the outcome.

“We’ll play in some tournaments [in December] and use that to see where we stand going into league.”

Flintridge Prep enjoyed a breakthrough campaign under the direction of first-year co-coaches Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Kiyomura-Chan. The duo was named All-Area Girls’ co-Coaches of the Year after leading the Rebels to a second-place finish in the Prep League, followed by a semifinal appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs and a trip to the Division V state tournament.

The Rebels will look to follow that up with another successful season. They bring back senior guard Maya Okamoto, who averaged 8.9 points per game last season while earning all-league and All-CIF recognition.

Sophomore forward Tala Ismail, junior forward Lacy Coan and junior forward Tyler Faulkner will also be back for the Rebels, who will look to give freshmen guards Renae Tamura and Taylor Yoshida some playing time.

“It’s about being able to validate all of that hard work,” Kiyomura said. “For the new people, they can work hard and persevere.

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