“When we beat Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita, Huntington Beach and a five point lost to Brea High School in December, it gave our girls the confidence and experience that they could be a good basketball team this season and the next few years,” stated Jimmy Valverde, head Esperanza High School Varsity Women’s Basketball coach in an interview with the Matador Messenger.
Valverde stated,” We want our girls to always understand that we want great students first and in basketball, come out and bring your best effort in practice and games.”
“When things go well, we are all happy but not playing well when adversity comes I make sure they are there for each other being a great teammate and saying to keep your head up. I say win with class lose with pride,” stated Valverde.
“Give the other team credit they were better than us today and if you know in your heart you gave your best than everything is okay, let’s just keep working hard to get better,” stated Valverde.
Valverde stated,” Team chemistry is second to great kids on and off the court. I’m a very lucky coach to be able to work with such hard working, good hearted kids! Always thinking about the other teammates. It’s not about me; it’s about us.”