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Varsity girls' basketball completes third day of Far East Touranment

A day after finishing third in the Division II Far East Tournament, the varsity girls' basketball team guaranteed themselves a top-eight finish in the combined tournament with one win and one loss on Wednesday.

CAJ began the day with a 31-12 blowout victory over ISSH. Kachel led the Knights with eight points, while Reiko had seven and Rachel and Julia each had six.

The Knights' aggressive defensive strategies clearly flustered the Symbas more and more as the game went on.

"The press went well, especially the more we did it," Reiko said. "We got quite a few steals on it and put a lot of pressure on them."

Next, CAJ had to play Kadena, the team that had placed second in the Division I tournament on Tuesday. The Panthers took a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Knights didn't give up and ended up losing only 33-24.

Kadena was the much bigger team and had a rebounding advantage because of it. CAJ stayed calm on both ends of the floor, but the Panthers were just too tough to deal with inside.

"I thought we played a better game against Kadena than we did at the ASIJ Classic [Tournament]. We didn't seem to rattle with them," coach Craig Eby said. "They were just too big."

Against the Panthers, Angela led the team with 10 points. Erika also had six points.

CAJ's overall record this season is now 14-10. The Knights will play E.J. King tomorrow at 11 a.m. for a spot in the fifth-place game.
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