As the season approaches, the Lynbrook High School girls’ basketball team is gearing up to take on the challenges of the upcoming season. With a mix of experienced players and promising newcomers, the team is setting their sights on achieving their goals and making their mark in the competitive world of high school basketball. Coach Lynley Takaki, entering her third season at the helm of the Lynbrook team, has a clear vision for the team’s overall goals this season. “Our main focus is continuous improvement and making it to the Central Coast Section (CCS) playoffs,” she says. “We want to build on the progress we made last year, and push ourselves to be even better both on and off the court.”
For Coach Takaki, the key to success this season lies in a few crucial elements. “We believe in trusting the process, trusting each other, and bringing energy every single day,” she asserts. “We know that we may not always have the most talent or the best play, but if we can stay disciplined and work hard, we can achieve our goals.” Looking at the roster, it’s clear that the Lynbrook team has some experienced and talented players returning this season. Top returning players from last year include #5 Maggie Lam, a senior, and #23 Alice Wu, a junior.
Both of these players bring unique and valuable skills to the team. “Maggie is a versatile player who brings a lot to the table,” explains Coach Takaki. “She has excellent ball handling skills and can also play effectively with her back to the basket. Her height, at 5’8”, also makes her a valuable asset on defense, often having to defend players taller than her. She has also worked hard in the off-season to improve her mid-range game, making her an even more valuable player this year.” Meanwhile, Alice Wu is a key player to watch on the court. “Alice is a bit unassuming, but don’t let that fool you,” says Coach Takaki. “She is our best slasher, with strong, crafty finishes. She also has the speed and agility to keep up with even the quickest players on defense. She’s definitely someone to keep an eye on this season.” As for new players on the team, Coach Takaki is excited about the potential that the newcomers bring.