The Golden Valley girls basketball team has already made history this season. The question is, can the Bulldogs continue their run with one more historic victory?
They’ll have a shot Saturday, when they take the court in the Central Section Division III championship game against No. 4 Reedley-Immanuel. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Selland Arena in Fresno.
“We’re going further than anyone else, so that’s exciting,” said senior forward Elyssa Brumfield. “We gotta go hard or go home.”
For the Bulldogs, who enter the title game as the tournament’s No. 2 seed, this is their first section championship game appearance in program history. While Golden Valley High School opened its doors in 2003, the school began playing varsity girls basketball in the 2004-05 academic year.
Head coach Curt Wilson took over the team during the 2009-10 season. He said before his arrival, head coach Nate Johnson led the Bulldogs to a section semifinals appearance the year prior.
Wilson said the team has returned to the semifinals since then: In the 2011-12 season and last year as well.
But this is their first time playing for a section title.
“We’re ready to go,” said senior guard Taja Holliday Ball. “We have unfinished business.”
Said Brumfield: “It’s obviously exciting. Everyone’s nervous, but we’re not going in scared. We’re going in confident.”
Wilson said the team is led by a three-player attack on offense — Ball (11.2 points per game), Elyssa Brumfield (10.6 PPG) and junior center Tiffany Amos (12 PPG).
“Depending on the team, depending on who our opponent is, that dictates who our leading scorer will be that night,” Wilson said.
Still, he knows what his team’s calling card is — and what will ultimately dictate if it brings home its first section title in program history.
“It’s our defense,” he said. “If we’re playing D, we have a shot. If we don’t, we’re going to lose. It’s pretty simple.”