Freshman Jada Grey speeds past Buckingham defenders for a fast-break layup during the Cavs' 61-35 home loss on Feb. 4. Grey led Country Day with 25 points. (Photo by Arikta Trivedi)

Girls basketball team loses energy in second half, falls to Buckingham

Freshman point guard Jada Grey led the Cavs with 25 points in a 61-35 home loss to Buckingham Charter on Feb. 4. 

The Cavs (2-11 overall, 1-6 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) trailed only 28-20 at halftime but lost their rhythm in the second half, according to coach Latonia Pitts.

“A pattern that I’ve been noticing is (we’ve been) playing well in the first quarter and losing because we’re tired,” Pitts said. “We mentally fall into that trap and don’t play to the best of our ability.”

Freshman shooting guard Sage Spradlin agreed, adding that playing without junior small forward Anna Fluetsch due to sickness made the game more difficult.  

“We were missing our captain, who’s tall and can get rebounds,” Spradlin said. “We probably would’ve gotten our hands on the ball and (had) more opportunities to shoot if she was there.”

Junior shooting guard Joanne Tsai said the Cavs’ communication improved from their last game, a win over Cristo Rey on Feb. 1 at St. Francis High School.

“People are being more vocal when they’re open or not, which makes it easier for the person with the ball,” Tsai said.

However, freshman center Brynne Barnard-Bahn said the Cavs need to be more aggressive on defense. 

“If we guard them more, they would have a smaller chance of scoring on us,” Barnard-Bahn said. 

Grey agreed, adding that “the other team had a strong defense, which made it easier for them to steal and harder for us to pass the ball.”

 The Cavs’ next game is Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at Valley Christian in Roseville.

By Sanjana Anand

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