Date: Jan. 12

Opponent: Faith Christian

Location: Faith Christian

Result: Country Day lost 50-29 to fall to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in league.

Country Day scoring: Senior Heidi Johnson 18, sophomore Anna Fluetsch 5, senior Brandy Riziki 2, sophomore Lindsay Burback 2, sophomore Naomi Cohen 2.

Inside info from center Fluetsch: “I thought we did a lot better in this game than our previous ones. There was a lot more ball movement and passing, which made it easier to function as a team.

“I think we still need to work on our defense. We had trouble staying in our spaces when playing a zone defense, and we were unsuccessful in man-to-man defense.”

Inside info from point guard Johnson: “We lost by quite a bit, but there was some improvement. We had better ball movement, and mostly everyone took shots.

“We let the other team get more points than us because we didn’t guard shooters or get rebounds, and we were recovering the ball too slow. We worked hard, and hopefully we’ll continue to see improvement.”

Inside info from shooting guard Riziki: “In the first quarter, we started really well with great passes, and we were ahead of the other team points-wise. But during the second and third quarter, we got really tired, so our pace got slower, and the other team caught up to us. In the fourth quarter, we got back into the game, but it was too late to make a significant difference in the score.”

Inside info from freshman small forward Daisy Zhou: “Today we did a nice job, but we still need to work on being confident to take a shot. There were many opportunities that we could’ve taken to shoot a basket which would have improved our score. The team also needs to be more flexible with new situations, and this only comes with practice. Although we lost today, we are getting better!”

Comment by coach Latonia Pitts: “Towards the end of the game, we were rushed to catch up with points because we were tired during the middle. We made a few silly mistakes, but overall it was improvement from the last few games.

“We need to learn how to not be afraid to shoot the ball, and because we’re one of the shortest teams, we must box out to get a rebound.”

Next game: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m., at home against El Dorado Adventist.

—By Sanjana Anand

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