The SCA Girls' Varsity Basketball team faced eighth-ranked Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley on Monday evening. Coach Bob Fredericks sent out seniors Hayden Hancock and Jordan McDonald, junior Kathryn Dick, and sophomores Savannah Cardona and Brooke Hancock to open their Arizona 2A Metro Region campaign, and the Eagles were alert and ready to begin the game.
Savannah Cardona lit up the scoreboard with good entry passes to Hayden Hancock in the low post and kick-outs to Kathryn Dick on the three-point line, while Brooke Hancock scored early and often on the break, and freshman Daphne Garland fed Savannah Cardona in the short corner as SCA opened up a big first-quarter lead.
In the second quarter Jordan McDonald's sharp passing provided good opportunities for both Hayden and Brooke Hancock, Savannah Cardona also knocked down the triple, and Kathryn Dick hit Brooke Hancock on the screen and slip, but the Phoenix Country Day offense kicked into gear, and SCA only led by a single point at the half.
In the third period PCDS began to pull away as SCA's tired legs led to missed layups, as only Kathryn Dick was able to score. Senior Heather Hancock's excellent rebounding and sophomore Lily Richardson's steals provided the Eagles with some good looks, and sophomore Baylee Tobin and freshman Sophia Lane also took up good positions, but SCA could not stay even with Phoenix Country Day.
The final period saw Jordan McDonald, Daphne Garland and Savannah Cardona draw a bead from outside as SCA sought to claw back the deficit, and freshman Ana Faustinos' aggressive driving helped to narrow the gap, but it was too little too late as the Eagles lost their first regional game.