The girls' basketball team lines up during the pep rally on Jan. 10. (Photo by Cissy Shi)

Girls’ basketball team crushes John Adams at Homecoming, but boys fall short

Girls’ Basketball

After its loss to Sacramento Adventist just three days ago, the girls’ basketball team had two things in mind for the Homecoming game: practice and win.

And they did just that.

On Jan. 10, the Cavaliers overwhelmingly beat the John Adams Academy Patriots, 51-11, in front of a home crowd.

The Cavs’ dominance started early. They were up 21-2 by the end of the first quarter, and 39-7 by the end of the third.

The two leading scorers were junior Isabella Tochterman with 16 points  and sophomore Julia Owaidat with 21 points.

“I think everyone did well and we had fun, which was good for us,” freshman Anny Schmidt said. “This was an easier team, and I think it gave us a chance to become a little better and focus on specific things.”

Although this might have been an easy game, Owaidat said there were some problems on defense.

“Our spacing on offense was really tight, and we got lucky because this team could not figure it out,” Owaidat said.

This was the Cavs’ first league win, bringing their record to 1-1. They will play Wilton Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 14.


Boys’ Basketball

The boys’ basketball team could not deliver a win in front of a Homecoming crowd, losing 56-71 to the Lutheran Panthers.

Junior George Cvetich led the team with 21 points, several of which were 3-pointers.

“I thought the guys played hard,” coach David Ancrum said. “We just missed some layups and free throws.”

The team missed a total of 15 free throws, which is an improvement from its first game, but the missed points might have been enough to seal the victory.

Layups and free throws have been the team’s downfall so far this year, and all three coaches agree that they are the biggest thing the team needs to work on.

“If we want to win, we need to made our layups and free throws,” assistant coach Gary Brisco said.

The Cavs are 0-2 in league games.

The boys’ next game is away on Friday, Jan. 17, against Faith Christian.

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