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Varsity girls' basketball completes second day of Kanto Classic Tournament

It was a tough day at ASIJ for the varsity girls' basketball team in the Kanto Classic Tournament. Following a big win against powerhouse Yokota on Thursday night, the Knights lost both games on Friday. They fell 30-20 to Kinnick in the early afternoon and then 34-23 to Kadena a few hours later.

Against Kinnick, CAJ's offense just could not get going until the last few minutes of the game when it put on a full-court press.

"We were 20 points down, and all of a sudden we ended up scoring a bunch and got it to 10 points,” coach Craig Eby said. “We ended on a good note.”

Against the Red Devils, Julia had a good game with eight points and 20 rebounds. Reiko chipped in six points and Angela had six rebounds.

The Kadena game went very differently. The Knights took a 17-13 lead at halftime thanks to aggressive drives for baskets, but the offense went dry in the second half, especially on the team's perimeter shots.

"Yesterday and today, we haven’t really gotten our outside shooting game [going] at all," Eby said. "When we needed points down the stretch, we just couldn’t connect, and they started to connect.”

Against the Panthers, Julia was again the leading scorer and rebounder, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Erika also had six points.

The Knights finished pool play with a 1-3 record, though their overall record for the season is still 9-6. They will need to win a play-in game against the American School of Doha on Saturday at 9 a.m. to get into the quarterfinals of the tournament, which will finish on Saturday.
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