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Varsity girls' basketball places third in Division II Far East Tournament

The varsity girls' basketball team wrapped up its season on Saturday on the final day of the Far East Division II Tournament in Okinawa. The Knights lost 61-50 in overtime in the semifinals against Daegu before defeating Yokota 37-35 in the consolation final to place third out of 10 teams.

CAJ had a slow start against Daegu, as the Warriors' size inside forced the Knights into foul trouble early on. The Knights also had difficulty hitting outside shots early on, allowing Daegu to take a 19-6 lead early in the second quarter.

CAJ ended up heating up with several three-pointers and other outside shots to gradually close the gap. The team made a furious comeback late in the fourth quarter thanks to strong drives and free-throw misses by Daegu. However, in the fourth quarter, the Warriors made a few strong drives in transition and then converted several free throws in the final minute to increase the final margin.

"We struggled quite a bit with rebounding," coach Craig Eby said. "It wasn't just their big girl inside, it was other players scrambling to beat us to loose balls."

Rachel had 18 points to lead the Knights. Mitsuki also had 14 points and Anna had eight points. Jessica had six rebounds.

Against Yokota, CAJ was able to open up a lead of several points in the second half after a neck-and-neck first half. Yokota hit two three-pointers in the final minute to narrow the gap from eight points to two points, but the Knights were able to hang on for the win.

"We did a good job handling the press they put on [once we were up at the end of the fourth quarter]," Eby said. "Even though we went cold in the fourth quarter with our shooting, we managed the clock well at the end to limit Yokota's possessions."

The Knights were led by Anna with 15 points against Yokota. Rachel had 10 points and eight rebounds and Kachel had five points. CAJ's 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line ended up being a very key factor in the win.

Rachel and Anna were chosen as tournament All-Stars for the third-place Knights. The team's final overall record was 17-10.

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