The SCA Varsity Girls' Basketball Team played host to Arizona’s top-ranked 2A team, the Pima Roughriders on Saturday evening.
Coach Alan Mitchell selected a starting lineup of senior Kathryn Dick (#35) and juniors Brooke Hancock (#4), Baylee Tobin (#21), Savannah Cardona (#22) and Lily Richardson (#44) to tip off the game.
The Roughriders’ starting lineup was the biggest squad the Eagles had yet faced, their bench was deep with skilled players, and they opened the game in confident fashion, making easy buckets on layups from cutters. Meanwhile SCA had to work hard for their points, including Kathryn Dick and Brooke Hancock scoring in the power slot, with Lily Richardson getting roughed up on her drives inside to pick up a point from the charity stripe as the Eagles went down early to finish the first quarter behind, 17-5.
The second quarter included more Roughrider back-cuts and down screens to free cutters, as well as good three-point shooting, but by now the Eagles had gained some traction on defense, and Baylee Tobin earned the first of her three blocked shots on the night. Aggressive Pima perimeter defense gave Kathryn Dick the opportunity to up-fake her defender and finish both at the rim and off the mid-range jumper, while aggressive defense from Brooke Hancock provided quick points off the steal. Sophomore Ana Faustinos (#32) used her dribble to open up a thin slice of airspace on the perimeter for Savannah Cardona to knock down the three, and Savannah began a campaign of perfect free-throw shooting for the night in the quarter, but without an answer to the screen cuts on defense, the Eagles trailed 16-32 at the half.
The third quarter saw an explosion of offense from Kathryn Dick, whose post moves dropped and lifted defenders alternately as she scored repeatedly in the paint on good entry passes from Lily Richardson and went five-for-six on free throws. Savannah Cardona endured some rough treatment to lose her perimeter defenders and get into the paint for floaters and work her way for more free throws, and junior Allyson Lund (#11) entered the game to provide additional rebounding help in a combative and competitive quarter that ended with the score 29-50.
The Eagles continued to develop their defensive performance in the final quarter, with steals and stops from Kathryn Dick and Baylee Tobin providing breakaway buckets for Brooke Hancock and Baylee, while Savannah Cardona patiently continued perfect from the line. Ana Faustinos showed nice handles to break into the lane for a rainbow and Kathryn Dick concluded a full night’s work of overwhelming defenders with post moves. Allyson Lund finished up the SCA scoring from the charity stripe, and a thoroughly entertaining game finished with an Eagles’ loss, 42-63.
Join the SCA Varsity Girls' Basketball Team this Wednesday as they host the Veritas Prep Falcons for a key game in the 2A Metro Region on February 24 at 5:30PM.