By Ryan Kuhn
Last season, it took the Urban High School girls’ basketball team 10 games to get its first win.
This season, it only took one.
Led by seniors Carly Kuperschmid and Jenna Waldman, who scored 14 points apiece, the Blues defeated visiting Fremont Christian 60-24 in their season opener Monday at Kezar Pavilion.
“There is a new, revived intensity that the team has this year,” said Urban head coach Hope Broadus, who is starting her third season at the helm of the program. “We have a new man-to-man offense that I think actually improved our man-to-man defense.”
Urban features nine returning players that include eight seniors and junior forward Charlotte Blanc.
After captain Lilly Burns graduated, Blanc, who finished with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the win, is excited to take on a leadership role and said that there’s a new confidence with the team.
“Last year, I think we had a bad attitude and we weren’t quite excited coming into the season, and this year, we are ready to play,” she said.
The Blues got out to an early 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and never slowed down.
“We had goals going in and mine was just to play as hard as I possibly can,” Blanc said.
With an 11-point lead heading into the half, Urban (1-0) held Fremont (0-2) to only one field goal and outscored the Warriors 20-4 in the third quarter. In the third, Urban connected on four 3-pointers, two by Kuperschmid and one each from Victoria Valeshea and Zoe Elkins.
Still, the Blues realize there is plenty to work on in the early season.
“I think we need to improve on communication,” Blanc said. “It has always been our shortcoming, but this year, [we are] coming into it a lot stronger.”
Carly Kuperschmid — 14
Jenna Waldman — 14
Charlotte Blanc — 12
Lindsey Milgrom — 6
Victoria Valeshea — 5
I’sha Dunston — 8
Amaka Agodi — 6
Shelby Bolduc — 4
Hannah Aroinus — 4
Bernice Du — 2