Freshman point guard Jada Grey scored 24 points to lead the girls basketball team to a 31-24 victory over the visiting Pine Hills Adventist Eagles on Jan. 7.
The score was nail-biting for most of the game, with Country Day (1-7 overall, 0-2 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) leading by only one point after the first quarter and losing by one after the third. In the last five minutes of the game, the Cavs scored free throws and stole the ball multiple times, leading to success.
Despite Country Day missing three players, coach Latonia Pitts said the team’s energy was high.
“Everyone had to step up to different roles on the court, but they were never discouraged,” Pitts said. “They were always on high alert, rebounded and never let go of the ball. It showed me that they really believed in themselves and their talent.”
“New people stepped up in unexpected places,” Grey said. “For example, (junior shooting guard Hermione Xian) stole the ball four times in the last quarter, and because of that, we were able to take the lead and win.”
However, freshman center Brynne Barnard-Bahn added that the Cavs’ ballhandling needs to improve.
“The ball would slip out of our hands, or the other team would steal it from us,” Barnard-Bahn said. “If we had more control, the other team wouldn’t have scored as much.”
The Cavs’ next game is Friday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. for homecoming against Cristo Rey.