In an intense game against Valley Christian at Sleep Train Arena, Jan. 8, the girls’ basketball team lost 25-66.

This game was the first match for new student, sophomore Alexa Mathisen.

Mathisen was a starter in the match.

“Playing in Sleep Train Arena was extremely exciting, and it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Mathisen said.

Before the game, assistant coach David Ancrum said that one of the Cavs’ greatest challenges would be going up against the Lions’ offense.

“We will have to really work hard on passing the ball well and quickly to get around (Valley Christian),” Ancrum said.

The Lions’ aggressive offense was especially evident in the first quarter, when they received nine fouls.

This aggression was not easy on the Cavs.

Senior Isabella Tochterman, who was pushed to the ground several times in the game, had to be subbed out for junior Julia Owaidat when she received a bloody nose in the first quarter.

However, because of the intensity of the game, Tochterman went back in a few minutes later.

There was also one player from Valley Christian who was very tall, which made it hard for the Cavs to make smart shots, Owaidat said.

“However, we were very strong at rebounding, because we wanted it more than (the Lions) did,” Owaidat said.

Although the Cavs lost the game, Owaidat said that the Cavs played the hardest they could after still recovering from the lack of practice during Winter Break.

The girls’ next game is Friday, Jan. 9, against Cristo Rey at 6 p.m. at the Sports Courts Fitness.

Their next home game is Monday, Jan. 12, against Sacramento Adventist at 6 p.m.

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