The SCA Eagles left school early to travel north to Sedona, where the JV Girls faced the Sedona Red Rocks High School Scorpions. Coach Alan Mitchell sent out an experienced starting lineup of sophomores Lily Richardson, Allyson Lund, and Baylee Tobin along with freshmen Ana Faustinos and Daphne Garland.
Still sleepy from the soothing bus journey, the Eagles did not find there offensive rhythm in the first quarter, going down early to the Scorpions' fast break. Nearly five minutes passed before Lily Richardson's strong move to the basket was rewarded at the free throw line for SCA's first points. Sophomore Sophia Lane's put-back baskets and active defense helped bolster the Eagles, who finished the quarter down 8-5.
The Scorpions added to the SCA woes with some amazing NBA-range three-point shooting in the second quarter to extend their lead, and only aggressive driving lay-ups from Daphne Garland and fast break baskets from Allyson Lund and Ana Faustinos kept the Eagles in the game as the first half ended in Sedona's favor, 16-13.
The second half was quite a different story, however, and the competitive fervor awoke with Baylee Tobin, who had her way inside with the Red Rock defenders as Lily Richardson's passing consistently unlocked the Sedona defense. Steals by Allyson Lund, sophomore Annie Drye, and Daphne Garland led to repeated fast break opportunities for Ana Faustinos.
Daphne Garland and Lily Richardson ratcheted up their outside shooting, and the SCA defense locked down their opponents, preventing any additional scoring after the mid-point of the third quarter as the Eagles came back for a big and satisfying 40-20 win.
Join us on Saturday, February 1 at 2:30PM as the Eagles host Class 3A Payson as the SCA JV seeks to stack a fifth straight win for the season to stay unbeaten.