By Riley Segal
The girls’ varsity basketball team fell to Canyon Country 48-29 in an away matchup on Thursday, December 17. The defeat breaks the Tigers’ three game winning streak and brings their overall record to 5-3.
The Cowboys had a clear height advantage over the Tigers, with a large amount of Canyon players being over six feet tall, which proved to be a major factor in the game. South Pas was unable to make its shots, and the Cowboys started off with a solid lead. However, with a large offensive effort from junior Juliana Tom, the Tigers attempted to catch up by the end of the half, narrowing down the difference to eight points.
“Canyon was very physical, and had a lot of attitude as well. As a result of their attitude, they gave up multiple fouls for just randomly pushing us,” junior Jalynne Li said.
The Tigers worked on passing the ball out to break Canyon’s press, but they were still plagued by cold shooting. Though South Pas did their best to provide solid defense, the Cowboys’ height and physicality was difficult to combat. Most of Canyon’s points were earned through layups and short distance jump shots, and its aggressive playing style led to many fouls that South Pas could just not capitalize on. The Tigers inability to sink their shots on most occasions and the height difference between the two teams ultimately cost South Pas the game.
“I think we are capable of beating them,” senior Kristen Kafkaloff said. “Though today our shots weren’t falling, we battled hard until the end and we’re still improving on playing together.”
The squad looks to rebound from this loss on the road against Marlborough High School on Wednesday, January 6 at 6 p.m., the Tigers look to improve their record to 6-3.