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HS girls' basketball wins two games against Seisen

The high school girls' basketball teams won two games at home versus Seisen on Tuesday. Varsity won 43-26 and JV won 23-21.

Coach Craig Eby said this about the varsity game:

"As I told the girls before the game, Seisen was not to be taken lightly in spite of not having won a league game. They are a well-coached team and two of their league losses were very close. This was shortly proved during the game as Seisen played us except for the 3rd quarter when we erupted for 18 straight points to pull out into the lead.

Once again, our man-to-man seemed to be our strongest defense, and we got some good off side help for the most part. We did a pretty good job rebounding as a team.

Sometimes it takes a while to get the running game going. However, we were patient, and when Yeonjoo got a steal and passed ahead to Anna for a layup, everything started clicking. It was fun to watch.

I thought we were a fairly balanced team last year, with three consistent scorers, but it appears that now we have four consistent scorers with Jessica joining the group. Thought at times some team members did not appear to be totally alert, we pulled together as a team to end the game with a decisive win over a well-coached Seisen team."

CAJ had key performances from Anna (15 points, four rebounds), Jessica (10 points, five rebounds), Mitsuki (nine points), Rachel (seven points) and Yeonjoo (eight rebounds, five steals).

The Knights were able to play a full, eight-minute-quarter JV game without using any players who had played in the varsity game for the first time this season. Assistant coach Jared Johnson commented on the JV game:

"We got out to a significant first-half lead with a tight man-to-man defense that created lots of turnovers because of our energy and focus defending on the ball. On offense, we were patient and used decisive passing to move the ball around their zone and create open shots.

Midway through the second half, Seisen significantly increased its defensive pressure. That, combined with foul trouble, tested the team's composure and spirit. Thankfully, the girls held on long enough to seal the victory! This game was a great opportunity for the girls to gain experience playing in pressure situations."

All six CAJ players contributed well in one or more statistical area. Marikah had seven points and five rebounds, Marin had six points, Sora had six points, Devika had two points, six rebounds and seven steals, Charis had two points and eight rebounds and Kiera had eight rebounds.

Varsity now has a 3-0 record this season. JV is 2-1, though some of the team's games this season already have and will continue to not count due to the team's low numbers. The varsity team will play in alumni games on December 17 and January 7, and both teams will play their next league game on Thursday, January 9 at Kinnick.

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