JoJo Zaragoza: Royals' senior prepping for next step

Posted at 9:34 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 13:48:55-04

The Mission Prep girls basketball team advanced all the way to the finals of the CIF-CS playoffs, and senior JoJo Zaragoza was a big reason why.

Despite beginning the season with an appendix surgery, which forced her to miss the start of league play, Zaragoza did not miss a beat once she returned.

In her best performance of the season, Zaragoza splashed home seven triples, scoring 24 points in a big road playoff win over Tehachapi.

"I wouldn't say it was a perfect game because there's no perfect game but I really executed in my shots," Zaragoza said. "I was just on a roll, and I kept going."

The Royals punched their ticket to Fresno before eventually falling to San Joaquin Memorial in the CIF-CS title game, but no matter the end result, her teammates are what this season special for Zaragoza.

"We all knew we had each other's back - in the game, out the game - it was just a complete support system, and it was literally a sisterhood."

The next step for Zaragoza... three hours north in Atherton where the senior plans on continuing her basketball career at Menlo College.

"I'm honestly so ready for it. I'm ready for a quicker speed of basketball and I'm ready to face stronger girls and better, bigger competition, because I'm smaller but that's not going to get in my way. I'm going to do whatever it takes to get better every day, little by little."