With only five players available for the second consecutive game, the girls basketball team lost at home to Sacramento Adventist 61-18 on Jan. 5.

The basketball team consists of eight players, but the league season started during winter break, when three players were traveling.

Senior point guard Heidi Johnson, who led Country Day with 11 points, said she thought the team would do better because it had practiced more than before the previous game.  

In fact, Country Day (1-4 overall, 0-2 league) led 11-3 late in the first quarter.

But as the game continued, the Cavaliers tired, according to coach Latonia Pitts.

“We hit a wall,” Pitts said. “We started fantastically but eventually started to lose rhythm and pretty much everything else.”

Country Day trailed 40-13 at halftime.

According to sophomore center Naomi Cohen, Country Day then changed its defense.

“When we had a 2-3 (zone), they scored 40 points,” Cohen said. “After we switched to a 3-2 (zone), they scored half as many points.”

According to sophomore center Anna Fluetsch, the Cavs struggled with rebounding, spacing and passing.

Johnson said: “It was our worst game, which was really frustrating.”

“Basketball is an intellectual sport because everyone has to be mentally present in the game at all times, which wasn’t the case during this game.

“We had lots of turnovers and confusion, so  hopefully we’ll improve. We did never give up, so I can’t be mad about that.”

The Cavs scored only one point in the third quarter.

“The other team was pressuring us when we were taking out the ball, which knocked us out the rest of the game,” sophomore small forward Lindsay Burback said. “Being on break for so long with minimal practice also affected our shots in the game.”

Sacramento Adventist (4-4, 2-0) continued to run away from the Cavs in the fourth quarter.

“Everyone had a bad game, so we are hoping that we put this loss behind us and prepare for a win on Tuesday by practicing more,” Pitts said.

The girls’ next game is on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. against Buckingham Charter at Vaca Pena Middle School in Vacaville.

By Sanjana Anand

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