When the girls received their sixth turnover in a row in the first few minutes of the game Feb. 5, against Wilton Christian, assistant coach David Ancrum wasn’t happy.
“Take care of the ball!” Ancrum said to sophomore Alexa Mathisen after a Patriots player almost stole the ball from her.
After the slow start, the Cavs quickly recovered and started to pass the ball with precision and accuracy.
“This is great ball movement,” Ancrum said to the girls when six consecutive passes allowed the Cavs to get around the Patriots’ defense in that play.
However, the Cavs were not able to conquer Patriots’ strong offense, resulting in a 31-42 loss.
Even though the Cavs trailed the Patriots throughout the game, the Cavs’ aggression rose considerably in the fourth quarter when freshman Katia Dahmani sank a 3-pointer.
This aggression resulted in two injuries: junior Julia Owaidat hurt her jaw when she was pushed to the ground while trying to make a layup, and freshman Yasmin Gupta hurt her head when she and a Patriot dove for the ball, and the player rolled on top of Gupta’s head.
“After she rolled over my face, she also used my body to push herself off of the ground,” Gupta said. “She didn’t even have the decency to say, ‘Sorry for smashing your face!’”
Owaidat was the top scorer with 13 points, and Dahmani scored two 3-point shots, the only player to score a 3-pointer.
Freshmen Annya Dahmani, Mathisen and Gupta also scored.
The Cavs’ next home game is tomorrow, Feb. 6, against Lutheran High School at 6 p.m.