With nine new members on the team, the JV girls looked to start their season off strong with a win against the Delta High School Saints on Dec. 14 in Clarksburg. To the Cavs’ disappointment, this was not the case.
Instead the girls began with a 53-13 blowout loss.
Freshman Bella Mathisen led the team with 6 points.
Sophomore Nina Dym, a first-year member of the team who made one free throw, said the team was hindered by nerves.
“There were a lot of first-game jitters,” she said.
From the tip, the Delta coach screamed at her players from the sideline. Using the constant nagging from their coach as motivation, the Saints outscored the Cavs in the first quarter, 18-4.
But it didn’t end there.
The second quarter was even more abysmal for the Cavs than the first. The Saints’ coach continued to yell instructions from the coach’s box, and the Cavs scored only 1 point the entire quarter. The Saints were up 32-5 at the half.
Going into the third quarter, the Cavs looked to make a run to narrow the lead.
Despite the Cavs having their highest scoring quarter of the night with 8 points, it wasn’t enough to keep the Saints down.
Delta increased their lead, ending the quarter up, 45-13.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Cavs began to step up their defense.
They limited the Saints to their lowest scoring quarter of the night, allowing only 8.
Unfortunately, the Cavs weren’t able to bounce back and didn’t score at all in the fourth quarter.
Mathisen said the team began to get more comfortable as the game went on.
“Towards the end, we got more confident with shooting,” she said.
The only veteran player, sophomore captain Esme Bruce-Romo said the Cavs need to spread the floor.
“We really need to work on spacing and getting open,” Bruce-Romo said.
The girls next game will be Thursday, Dec. 17, away against Highlands High School at 4:30 p.m.