In her first season as coach of the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls' basketball team, Jaclyn Johnson is in the midst of a new experience with her Guards in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
But when it comes to deep playoff runs, Johnson knows the excitement and exuberance of the postseason. She was a member of a Bell-Jeff team that captured a Division IV-A championship in 1997. In fact, Johnson hit a shot at the buzzer to lift her team to a 47-45 victory against Cerritos Valley Christian.
Across town, Burroughs High Coach Vicky Oganyan never won a playoff game when she was a player for Glendale High.
"Oh, no," Oganyan said. "At Glendale we were one and done."
However, in her seven years as the Indians' head coach, Oganyan's teams have a fine track record of qualifying for the postseason.