Photo by Sophie Yeung
The girls’ basketball team won big in their first league game against the San Marino Titans on Saturday by a score of 64-29. The Tigers played strong both offensively and defensively, edging the Titans out and maintaining a considerable lead throughout the game.
The Tigers started off strong, with senior Lauren Kafkaloff scoring the first basket of the game. The pace quickly picked up after that point, with junior Megan Yee scoring the next few points and junior Charlize Kruzic following up with a three-pointer. The girls exemplified superb defense, boxing out their opponents and leaping at any opportunity to steal the ball and score points. At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers led 20-5 over the Titans.
The team kept up the pace in the second and third quarters, starting off the play with a three-pointer by senior Flannery Clark. The Tigers maintained their aggressive performance with strong ball movement, which created additional offensive opportunities. The third quarter saw many of these instances, when Kruzic skillfully snatched the ball from the Titan’s pressing offensive play and assisted freshman Allysan Tse in scoring. This excellent teamwork kept the Tigers well above the Titans for the entirety of the game, ending the third quarter with a 52-18 lead.
The Tigers had no reason to worry about a Titan comeback during the fourth quarter, but the team continued their aggressive play in the final minutes. Junior Isabelle Sudijono scored multiple times in the final quarter, and shots made by Kafkaloff and senior Kayla Zhang kept the Tigers well ahead of the Titans. The final score was 64-29, a huge win for the girls.
“We really pushed the ball well and played a fast-paced game, like we’ve been trying to do,” said Zhang. “The win today was a much-needed win for our team, it was definitely a boost of confidence that we can carry for the rest of league.”
South Pas will look to keep the momentum going against the Temple City Rams on Tuesday, January 8th.