The Pueblo Chieftan

West girls wrap up summer schedule

The summer grind is over, and Gil Lucero, head coach of the Pueblo West High School girls basketball team, has deemed it a success.

Gina Carochi drives to the hoop. (Mike Griffin/View photo)
Gina Carochi drives to the hoop. (Mike Griffin/View photo)

In preparation for the varsity season that starts in December, the Cyclones have spent the last couple of months playing about 50 club games. After making their second consecutive trip to the Final 4 in March, they said goodbye to some star seniors and entered summer play needing to get valuable varsity experience for a bunch of younger players.

“It went pretty well. We had some ups and downs, but we expected that,” Lucero said. “We have a lot of up-and-coming players, and the goal this summer was to get them some varsity experience. I think we accomplished that, and we got some great senior leadership, as well.”

Lucero said senior center Gina Carochi may have made the biggest strides this summer, and that could bode well for a team that saw its best interior players graduate in May. At 5-11 with long arms, Carochi could be a force inside if her skills evolve, and they may have done just that in recent months.

“Gina Carochi really stepped up and is playing well for us. She has put in a lot of work and done everything we asked,” Lucero said.

Lucero said seniors Brandi Herrera and Bri Rodriguez also have emerged as leaders this summer.

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