Petaluma High School's T-Girls are a team of contradictions.
The T-Girls are young, but experienced. They are small, but have one of the best big players in the Sonoma County League. They are athletic, but, according to coach Doug Johnson, need to become more athletic as a team.
Starting three freshmen and sometimes playing as many as four at a time, Petaluma went through a learning year last season, compiling a 9-15 record.
Those freshmen are back with lessons learned this season, but the T-Girls remain a young team, with six 10th graders on their 12-player roster.
Petaluma has only one player listed at more than 5 foot, 9 inches, but 6-foot, 1-inch Allison Scranton is a good one. She combines excellent athletic and jumping ability with her size. "Allison has improved a great deal," Johnson says. "She can be a very good player."
Johnson says as a team, the T-Girls are trying to learn the offense. "They are gifted athletically, but they have to learn to play as a team athletically. They have to learn to have fun and stay within of the confines of our offense."
Regardless of how his young team fares this year, Johnson predicts it will be a good season because of the nature of the players.
"They are good kids," he explains. "The enthusiasm level is very high. They are fun to coach. We have a lot of young kids, but we have some very nice senior leadership."
When Johnson talks about a leader, he talks about 5-foot, 7-inch forward Claire Pareto.
"The kids will follow her wherever she asks them to go," he says. "She gives the team great direction.'