Vista girls’ basketball coach Marty Benjamin wants a home playoff game.
In his five seasons as coach of the Eagles, Benjamin and his teams have always had to hit the road in the postseason. This year, he might get his wish.
With one game remaining in the regular season, a home game Tuesday against Rio Americano on Senior Night, the Eagles are 8-1 in the Capital Athletic League and 21-5 overall. A win over the Raiders would likely secure a home playoff game, but the Eagles might have to do it without starting center Lindsey Moody, who injured her arm in last week’s win over Casa Roble. As of Sunday, it was unsure if Moody would be able to play in Tuesday’s game.
“We’re holding our breath that she can play,” Benjamin said. “It’s a big game, as part of the league title is on the line. If we win the game, I think that would cement a home playoff game. Even if we don’t win, I still think we have a good shot.”
The team will celebrate its five seniors before the game: Tara Singh, Mikayla Totushek, Lindsee Zehe, Emilee Jones and Emily Anderson.
“I’m going to miss our seniors,” Benjamin said. “We lose a lot with two starters, Tara and Mikayla, our sixth man with Emily, and three of four post players in Tara, Lindsee and Emilee.”
The Eagles are coming off two wins last week, defeating Casa Roble Feb. 7, 53-15, and Mira Loma, 58-22, on Thursday. Against Casa Roble, Singh scored nine points, while Mia Perez, Moody and Anderson all finished with eight. In the win over Mira Loma, Ceonna Pipion scored a career high 14 points. Singh finished with nine points, Anderson had eight, while Savannah Wyrick scored seven.