Girls basketball fails to catch up to Western Sierra after weak defense

The Cavs were not short on effort in their Jan. 29 home game against the Western Sierra Wolves, but they lost 74-31 to fall to 2-12 overall and 1-10 in league play.

Senior Heidi Johnson led Country Day with 20 points, sophomore Lindsay Burback followed with seven, and senior Brandy Riziki and sophomore Naomi Cohen scored two each.

Country Day started well with a 5-4 lead but soon fell behind the Wolves (18-7, 9-2) as the Cavs’ defense started to falter.

“Our defense needed work during the first quarter,” Cohen said.

The Cavs’ offense remained stagnant with 10 points, while Western Sierra grabbed 20 points by the end of the first quarter.

Many of the Country Day girls said they could work on their passing.

“We were doing a lot of ‘rainbow (arced) passes,’ as coach would say, which led to constant turnovers,” Burback said

At the start of the second quarter, the Wolves secured nine points before Johnson scored the first basket for the Cavs.

Following Johnson’s shot, the Wolves scored a 3-pointer, bringing their lead to 31-12.

Western Sierra increased its lead to 38-13. Johnson then secured four points for the Cavs with two free throws and a layup.

At halftime, the Cavs were behind 43-17 after a 3-pointer and a basket by the Wolves in the last seconds of the second quarter.

The Cavs’ defense improved in the third quarter, according to Cohen, and the girls held the Wolves at 45 points with multiple blocks and steals.

But as the third quarter ended, the Cavs were behind 57-24.

Burback started off the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer for the Cavs. They scored seven points during the quarter but couldn’t catch up to the Wolves.

Neither team scored in the last few minutes.

The Cavs’ next game is on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at home against Faith Christian.

By Arikta Trivedi

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