Larry Cruikshank / Special to the Home News
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 | 2 a.m.
After four years of starting for Bonanza's girls basketball team, it is hard for Christin Figgins to believe her time in a Bengals jersey is almost finished.
But the senior point guard has saved the best basketball of her career for last.
Figgins is averaging a career-high 15 points and five assists per game as the Bengals are 19-2 overall as of Feb. 4.
"Every time I go to a gym I just think it's one of my last times playing so I want to make the best out of it, and so far we have," Figgins said. "I feel like everything has been clicking this year — my shot is on, and my passes have been good. "
Bonanza coach Dean Bosch said Figgins' leadership skills are second to none. That experience, he added, has also proven beneficial in running Bonanza's high-speed attack.
Bosch said this year's team is the fastest in his three years at the school, and that can greatly be attributed to Figgins' polished skills.
"I thought that from the time I first met Christin that she sees the floor as well as anybody I've ever coached," Bosch said. "She can make any type of pass we're looking for, and she hits you right in the hands. As coaches, sometimes "Wow," is all we can say after some of the tremendous plays she makes."
Shirley Pitts, who leads Bonanza with 19 points a game, said Figgins doesn't get the respect she deserves from opponents.
"I don't think they give her as much respect as she should have," Pitts said. "But she gets everything going for us. She makes sure we're open and where we're supposed to be. She takes good shots for herself and gets good shots for other people."
Figgins is happy Bonanza has been able to achieve this kind of success before she graduates. A year ago, the team was 16-10 and lost in the Sunset Region semifinals. Prior to that, it lost in the first round of the postseason each of her first two seasons.
"This year has been a little bit of a surprise, but I knew we were going to be fast and we were going to be one of the top competitors," she said. " I've always had a dream to win state and it would be nice if it happens in my last year."
Christopher Drexel can be reached at 990-8929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.