Girls basketball team settles for ‘ugly win’ over Cristo Rey

Date: Feb. 5

Opponent: Cristo Rey

Location: St. Francis Armory

Result: Country Day won 31-25 to improve to 3-13 overall and 2-11 in league.

Country Day scoring: Senior Heidi Johnson 21, sophomore Lindsay Burback 4, senior Brandy Riziki 2, sophomore Anna Fluetsch 2, sophomore Joanne Tsai 2.

Comment by coach Latonia Pitts: “Tonight was an ugly win, which I was not proud of. The mistakes made were so basic and unnecessary. We are approaching the end of our season, so simple things like communicating should’ve been fixed a while ago.

“We did not give up and worked together during the end of the game, which was nice to see.”

Inside info from point guard Johnson: “Today was one of our worst games even though we took the win. We were letting the ball slip through our hands, which was what made the game close.

“This game should not have been very close because we have beaten this team before, but we did push through.”

Inside info from freshman small forward Daisy Zhou: “Today we won, however, our rebounding was terrible. We couldn’t get the ball under the other team’s basket, which gave Cristo Rey lots of opportunities to shoot.

“Often I noticed that there was a wide space between our teammate and the opponent, which gives the other team more chances with the ball.

“I am proud of our passing skills during the game because we were able to understand other people’s motions faster. A good pass leads to a good shot, so that’s important!”

Inside info from small forward Burback: “We kept on passing the ball to teammates who were not even open.

“The opposing team continued to get their own rebounds, which allowed them to shoot. This led to a very close score toward the end of the game.

“Our defense throughout the game was amazing! We were getting steals and blocking shots, which was major for tonight’s win.”

Inside info from shooting guard Riziki: “I know we have more potential, and if we had been more aggressive with the ball, we would’ve won by more points.

“Our teamwork tonight was great, and the every basket was a team effort.”

Inside info from sophomore center Naomi Cohen: “We did win our game, but we should have won by more points. It was a close game because we weren’t playing our best.

“If we had made better choices when passing and shooting the ball, we could’ve had the ball in our possession for a longer time.

“We did realize most of our mistakes as the game continued, which is why we fixed some of them and eventually got the victory.”

Next game: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., at home against El Dorado Adventist.

By Sanjana Anand

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