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Eagles eager to clinch playoff run and more
TC girls basketball
Turlock Christian’s Jillian de la Motte (30) goes up to defend a Denair player during a game earlier in the week (Photo contributed).

This could be a special season for the Turlock Christian High girls basketball team.

The Eagles are coming off a successful season last year where they went 17-11 overall and 6-2 in league play, earning a postseason berth in the process.

This year, head coach Edwin Santiago boasts a roster of 11 that could very well be one of his most well-rounded groups in recent memory.

“I really am optimistic, not sure how we will do with wins and losses, love the relationship the girls have with each other basketball wise,” said Santiago. “I am enjoying what I am seeing so far, some trouble scoring points, but they are giving their best effort and learning to work with each other with different lineups, real excited about the possibilities.”

TC’s only league losses from a season ago came at the hands of Big Valley Christian — both were decided by a combined three points.

The roster includes just three seniors in Abi Kirkendall, Danika Muller and Mayah Salas.

There are eight juniors on the team including Miriam Perez-Salgado, Paige Vieira, Sarah Comfort, Aliyah Amaya, Jillian Vierra, Jillia de la Motte, Jocelyn Gamez and Karigan Hooker.

So far, the girls also wrote some team goals for the year — one of them is making a playoff run.

“We wrote some things out at the beginning of the year,” said Santiago. “We had team goals and individual goals, bottom line is we want to make the playoffs and extend that, but individually we want to do our very best all the time.”

They are off to a 2-1 start, winning the last two heading into tournament play this weekend.

“We leave it on the court with no regrets, giving your best effort no matter what, that is the individual goal, nobody should know whether we won or lost,” Santiago added.

TC will take on Delta Charter on the road at 6 p.m. Monday.