Lady Titans inching up league standings in girls basketballFeb 09, 2024 12:13PM ● By Josh McFadden
Keily Trabanino, a senior guard, scores 14.7 points an outing and leads the team with two assists and three steals per game. (Bryan Byerly-BB Sports Pics)
In a competitive Region 6, the Olympus girls basketball team is in a good sort a little more than halfway through the league portion of the season.
Heading into their final game in January, the Titans were 5-2 in Region 6 games and 9-8 overall. Last season, Olympus shared the league championship with Highland. The Titans have some work to do to repeat as champions, as they were two games out of first place with five more contests to go.
Olympus is 13th in the RPI rankings.
The Titans have been in just about every kind of game you can have so far in region play. Olympus blew out Highland at home, 66-39, on Jan. 3 and also trounced East in a Jan. 19 home game, 80-44. The Titans also had a close victory at home against Brighton on Jan. 12, prevailing 61-57. The team’s two league defeats came at West on Jan. 5, 84-74, and against Alta at home, 60-48 on Jan. 16. Olympus also beat Skyline on Jan. 23, 48-41 on the road. And at Highland 44-35 on Jan. 26.
Olympus has mostly been strong on defense, allowing under 50 points five teams in region play and nine times overall this season. Offensively, the Titans have eclipsed the 60-point mark four times, each in region play.
The duo of Joss Baker and Keily Trabanino has been tough for opposing teams to handle.
Baker, a junior forward/guard, averages 15 points and 9.7 rebounds a game, leading the team in both categories. Her season-high in points is 22, which she achieved in the win over East on Jan. 12. She pulled down a season-best 13 rebounds on three different occasions. Through 17 games, she had recorded 10 double-doubles. Trabanino, a senior guard, scores 14.7 points an outing and leads the team with two assists and three steals per game. Trabanino scored at least 12 points in all but two of the team’s first 17 games. Her season-high in points was 23 against East.
Though Baker and Trabanino has paced the Titans and been leaders on the court, others have contributed to the team’s success. Junior guard Tessa Cromar has been solid this season, averaging 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Senior forward Chole Bontempo scores 4.3 points and collects 3.4 rebounds an outing. Lily Sith, Adee Shimoda and Tatum Harrison have also given the Titans and head coach Whitney Jenkins valuable minutes on the floor.
Though still in contention for another region title, Olympus is working to improve its RPI for a good playoff seed. The Class 5A state tournament will begin Feb. 20. Olympus’ last regular-season game is Feb. 16 at home against Skyline. λ