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Pinewood Girls don’t lack experience

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Point guard Marissa Mangas is one of several varsity lettermen who returned to the Pinewood Prep Girls Basketball team this season.

A tight-knit group of athletes is looking to help the Pinewood Prep Girls Basketball team make strides.

The Panthers had some struggles last season, but put an experienced squad on the court for their 2022-23 campaign. Pinewood returned six varsity lettermen this season and most of them are returning starters.

“This team has been together for two solid seasons and has developed chemistry,” Pinewood coach Anthony Weston said. “We should be able to compete but in order to have the success we want everyone needs to excel in their individual roles while also having a willingness to play as one unit.”

Point Guard Marissa Mangas returned to run the Panthers’ offense. Last season she led the team in steals with 2.7 per game. Shooting guard X'Zoria Vaughn is back after leading the team in scoring, averaging 10 points per game.

Guard Yessi Flores and forwards Danyell Sanders, Cheyenne Goodwine and Hannah Birdsong are also back. Goodwine averaged 7.2 rebounds per game last season.

New members of the team are Marissa Bulford, Nyla Johnson, Kyrie Weston and Clara LaFuente Gonzales.

“I think we will receive major contributions from them,” Weston said. “Everyone could make an impact this season.”

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