Girls basketball team wins 2nd place at Gridley

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Pearl Joy Balagot

The girls basketball program, which has been struggling in recent years, won second place in the 31st annual Gridley Tournament, otherwise known as the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic.

The Lady Tigers won the trophy on Dec. 1 in a field of eight teams. After beating host Gridley and Oroville High, the Tigers lost to El Camino in the finals.

Players feel the strong showing will prove to other Oakland Athletic League opponents that the Tigers need to be taken seriously this year.

“It feels really amazing to be even participating in the championships,” said Tierra Penny, a senior at College Preparatory & Architecture and a shooting guard for the team. “Fremont High hasn’t brought home a trophy in 14 years. It’s just a great feeling,”

League play starts Jan. 3 for the Lady Tigers.