The SCA Varsity Girls faced the Rancho Solano Preparatory Academy Mustangs on Friday night for their first meeting of the season. Coach Bob Fredericks sent out seniors Hayden Hancock and Jordan McDonald, junior Kathryn Dick, and sophomores Savannah Cardona and Brooke Hancock in search of another Metro 2A Region victory.
The Mustangs opened the game with five quick points, but the Eagles were dialed in early, using the inside-out passing game to get wide open looks on the perimeter and the power slot. Savannah Cardona and Jordan McDonald unleashed a torrent of unanswered three-point shots in the half-court offense, and the trapping defense of SCA, backed by good rotations and resulting in steals and deflections, transitioned quickly into points off turnovers as well with Brooke Hancock and Hayden Hancock running hard to finish the break authoritatively. When Kathryn Dick began to take and hit a series of mid-range jumpers, the game as a competitive event was effectively over, and the first quarter ended 31-5 to SCA.
The second quarter started off with freshman Daphne Garland driving hard to the basket, scoring and going to the line, where she was perfect for the night. With sophomore Baylee Tobin sweeping the boards and distributing the ball from the low post, freshman Ana Faustinos whip-sawed the Mustangs defense with more strong drives from these inverted passes. Sophomore Lily Richardson patiently operated the half-court offense and used increasingly influential passing to penetrate the Rancho Solano zone and provide her teammates with easy buckets inside.
The second half featured an increased proficiency of passing, as both the starting lineup and their replacements reduced their reliance on perimeter dribbling and moved the ball around the horn and into and out of the post with great alacrity, resulting in more wide open looks both inside and outside. The fans were treated to some excellent demonstrations as the players moved without the ball and the ball moved to where the open players waited, and the Eagles piled up the points.
Hayden Hancock and Baylee Tobin enjoyed particular success in the power slot, picking up rebounds and receiving good entry passes for lay-ups, while sophomore Sophia Lane also scored put-backs and from long distance. Sophomore Allyson Lund returned from illness to turn provider to Baylee Tobin, and sophomore Annie Drye finished out the game in the low post as SCA wrapped up a 66-12 victory.
Join us on Monday, January 27 at 5:30PM as the Eagles host Cicero Preparatory Academy in a 2A Metro regional game as SCA seeks to stack a fifth straight win.