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JV girls' basketball falls 38-36 in overtime to ASIJ

The JV girls' basketball team played a tight game at ASIJ on Friday night. The Knights ultimately lost 38-36 in overtime, moving their record to 3-1.

ASIJ came into the game undefeated, with wins against every other Kanto Plains team. CAJ was also shorthanded, with injuries and sickness affecting who was available for the team.

However, the Knights still kept pace with the Mustangs. Neither team led by more than two points for almost the entire game. CAJ's strong rebounding effort and aggressiveness driving to the basket were key factors, according to coach Jared Johnson.

In the end, the Mustangs' sheer amount of players allowed them to stay fresh in overtime. ASIJ quickly scored the first six points of the extra period before CAJ responded with four straight. The Knights recovered the ball with three seconds left, but they were on their own defensive side of the floor and couldn't get a shot off.

"Overall, this was definitely our best game," Johnson said. "We came into the game with great energy and confidence that we wanted, and it showed in our ability to rebound and drive effectively. We still need to work on limiting turnovers and executing our offense, but this game was a major positive for us."

Mari had a huge game of 20 points and 21 rebounds. Tayoung had 12 points and six rebounds, while the Knights also got strong rebounding games from Akina (11), Tina (7) and Charis (7).

The JV Knights' next game will be on January 10 versus Seisen at CAJ. However, some members of the team will play in the alumni basketball game next Tuesday at CAJ.


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