The SCA Varsity Girls' Basketball Team hosted 2A charter school participants the Scottsdale Prep Trojans on Saturday evening.
Coach Alan Mitchell replicated his starting lineup from earlier in the week, with senior Kathryn Dick (#35) and juniors Allyson Lund (#11), Baylee Tobin (#21), Savannah Cardona (#22) and Lily Richardson (#44) taking the tipoff.
The Eagles had spent the previous night at a festive slumber party hosted by the family of freshman Izzy Thiessen (#30), and it is possible that the celebrations of the evening prior impeded the SCA shooting, as the game started off with many shots coming back off the front of the rim. The Eagles moved the ball well on the perimeter to stretch the Trojans’ zone defense, and SCA took several good looks, but more than three minutes of the game elapsed before Savannah Cardona took the lid off from three, and it was some time before Baylee Tobin converted from the power slot as the sluggish Eagles took a 5-2 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter SCA pulled away as Savannah Cardona once again opened the scoring from three, followed by jump-shooting from sophomore Ana Faustinos (#32) and Kathryn Dick. The Eagles’ defense also accelerated, driven by definitive blocked shots from Baylee Tobin, multiple deflections from Lily Richardson, and a steal resulting in three points the old-fashioned way from Kathryn Dick as SCA pulled ahead 15-8 at the half.
The second half saw the Eagles control the pace and seemingly put the game out of reach as Savannah Cardona converted in transition and hit floaters off the bounce, while Lily Richardson’s sparkling step-back and outside shooting complimented good ball movement. On defense Kathryn Dick’s subtle shot-blocking and Ana Faustinos’ timely interceptions limited the Trojans’ opportunities, and junior Brooke Hancock added one from the charity stripe as SCA led 24-10 after three with the game seemingly safe in hand.
However, basketball games have four quarters, and sleep-deprived players don’t necessarily perform at their peak, such that SCA gave up thirteen points in the final frame, with only a single free throw conversion from Kathryn Dick to improve their own position. Cold shooting, including a wide variety of biffed bunnies and shots rebounding off the front rim, gave evidence of tiredness, and the Eagles and their fans breathed a sigh of relief as they finished out the game with a series of blocked shots to claim a slim victory, 25-23 and improve their season record to 8-5.
Join the SCA Varsity Girls' Basketball Team this Tuesday as they travel to Phoenix Country Day School for the 2A Metro Region title-deciding game at 5:30PM on March 2 in their final game of the regular season.