Lady Scots up for the challenge


Coach Bernice O'Conner addresses her team before the Nov. 16 match-up against Saint Francis.

Kian Karamdashti, ScotCenter Sports

The Lady Scots will look to beat the odds again on Nov. 16, when they take on No. 1 seeded St. Francis in their CCS quarterfinal match-up.

After coming out victorious in last week’s must-win PAL season finale, the Lady Scots pulled off a thrilling, double-overtime win against Los Altos in their first-round CCS game.

Down 4-1 at halftime, the Lady Scots clawed back to tie the game at 5 with eight seconds remaining, thanks to a rebound shot by junior Katelyn Mcgrath.

“We stayed motivated even though we were three goals behind,” said Coach Bernice O’Conner. “We didn’t stray from our game plan and that helped us turn the game around.”

The Lady Scots started off the first overtime with a bang and never looked back. Two quick goals from junior Kristen Denney were all the Lady Scots needed as they were on the winning side of a 7-6 scoreline when the final horn blew.

“We needed to have the right attitude to win this game. I knew if we were focused today, we would have a great chance to win,” said junior Lauren Racioppi.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, the Lady Scots are excited to take on the Central Coast Section’s top team.

“Saint Francis has been the best team in the league this year, but we’re not going to change our game plan,” said O’Conner. “We know we have an opportunity to do something really special.”

However, no matter what happens on Nov. 16, O’Conner will only have good things to say about her first year as the Carlmont coach.

“I’ve loved everything about this team, the personalities, the success they’ve had, and the fun they’ve brought to the pool. Hopefully they can say they feel the same way too.”