The Cougars have come out of 2016 with a record of 5-4 after a brutal schedule at the beginning of the year. Returning seven players from last year has given QO the edge over some teams, but the Cougars are striving to find the perfect balance in chemistry.
QO is led by seniors Alexa Sanmartin, Giulia Sanmartin and Amanda Bishop who all have two or more years of experience on the court. Alexa Sanmartin leads the team in scoring with high totals like 15 against Rockville, 16 against Einstein, 14 against Paint Branch, and a season high of 24 against Magruder. Sister Giulia Sanmartin gives the team a deadly push behind the arc, including five three-pointers and 19 points against Rockville. Junior Yekta Kamali has also given a huge boost inside.
Giulia Sanmartin is happy with her team’s start to their season. “We have come close to beating some good teams but came up short. Because of this, we are working even harder in practice to improve as a team,” she said.
Alexa Sanmartin added that she believes the team is more united in their efforts than ever before. This is most likely due to the many senior contributors who have had time to develop since last year in Coach Chris Campbell’s system. The Cougars are certainly starting to find their chemistry but it has taken some hard work to do so.
“We are always learning how to play better together,” said Bishop, “but I think with everyone’s talent and dedication the rest of the season will be successful.”