One of the most ardent supporters of the Cabrillo High girls basketball team this week came from the Major League Baseball realm.
Danny Duffy fired off tweets from his personal Twitter account during the Conquistadores’ rout of San Clemente – from a Jack Nicholson head nod .gif to a Leonardo DiCaprio clapping .gif that approved of Cabrillo’s performance.
The Kansas City Royal pitcher’s tweets drew a thank you on social media from Cabrillo star Erin Jenkins after the 63-40 rout over the Tritons.
thank you so much for the buses!! you have no idea how much we appreciate it!!!— erin 🌻 (@_erin_jenkins23) February 23, 2018
Yet, head coach Jared McCune says this isn’t the first time the former Cabrillo baseball star has rallied behind the Conquistadores girls basketball team.
“Danny has always been a supporter and one of our strongest supporters,” McCune said by phone on Friday. “He loves to root them on and support them, especially with his father helping us coach the girls. It’s been fun.”
Dan Duffy, Danny's father, is an assistant coach on McCune's staff.
Duffy, a 2007 Cabrillo High grad, will likely be monitoring what happens Saturday night as the Conqs – for the first time in school history – will be playing for a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA title game as they’ll take on Sunny Hills High in Fullerton.
Before the 23-point trouncing of San Clemente down in South Orange County, past Cabrillo girls basketball teams fell in the CIF quarterfinal rounds. But euphoria filled the inside of the travel bus after that emotional romp of the Tritons.
“There was a lot of excitement. They were so excited to get past the quarterfinals finally and we celebrated that moment as a team,” McCune said.
However, that euphoric moment was soon replaced with a new attitude on Thursday night – in preparation for a Lancers team that’s currently 20-9 and riding a four-game winning streak for the Saturday contest.
“There’s also focus. They want to win CIF and they’re playing with a lot of confidence,” McCune said of his team.
This Lancers team doesn’t possess the size advantage the Tritons had on Wednesday night. But McCune says that Sunny Hills looks eerily similar to the Conqs (25-2 overall).
“Their makeup is a lot like ours,” McCune said. “They play great team defense but they don’t run a press as much. Yet, we’re similar. They also got a great point guard.
“San Clemente was mainly known for having size inside. But Sunny Hills has a lot of shooters and are a well-rounded team.”
Along with Duffy’s support via social media, the Conqs have also received praise and support throughout Vandenberg Village – from the campus to the inside of McCune’s dentistry office.
McCune is also aware that Duffy, a 2007 Cabrillo High grad, isn’t the only one who gets behind the girls through a smartphone or WiFi connection.
“I can tell on social media that there are a lot of people wishing us luck,” McCune said.
The contest will be played at 6 p.m. at the Sunny Hills High gym. The winning team will face Downey Warren or Culver City in the title game either next Friday or Saturday.