Freshman Jada Grey, who led Country Day with 22 points, goes up for a finger-roll layup during the host Cavs' 73-31 loss to Western Sierra on Feb. 13. (Photo by Elise Sommerhaug)

Girls basketball falls to Western Sierra in season finale due to fouls and loss of players, coach says

Freshman point guard Jada Grey led Country Day with 22 points as the Cavs ended the season with a 73-31 home loss to the Western Sierra Wolves on Feb. 13.  

The Wolves led 38-19 at halftime and outscored Country Day 35-12 in the second half.

The Cavs (3-16 overall, 2-10 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) lost due to many fouls and missing players, according to coach Latonia Pitts.

“We didn’t have (freshman shooting guard Sage Spradlin) and (junior center Anna Fluetsch) because (Spradlin) was sick and (Fluetsch) broke her pinky during the game,” Pitts said. “(Freshman center Brynne Barnard-Bahn) and (Grey), who are both strong players, had four fouls before the second half.”

Barnard-Bahn eventually fouled out in the fourth quarter, and the Cavs committed 12 team fouls in the game.

Grey added that the team needs to work on rebounding and boxing out.

“We can do drills and lift weights to get stronger and prepare for those,” Grey said. “But the other team had some really tall players who could get to the rebounds before we could.” 

Junior shooting guard Joanne Tsai agreed but said the highlight of the game was junior small forward Stephanie Ye scoring three points.

“She (had) only made one point all season long,” Tsai said. “But today, she scored a basket and made one of her free throws. I’m so proud of her!”

Ye said she was proud to “accomplish her goal” of scoring more than one point.

“We didn’t want to end the season with a loss, but we didn’t lose any seniors, which is good,” Ye added. “We can practice over the summer and come back stronger than ever next season with even more energy!” 

Grey led the team with 16.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

By Sanjana Anand

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