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Varsity girls' basketball beats ISSH 42-23

It wasn’t pretty, but the varsity girls’ basketball team defeated ISSH on Tuesday by a score of 42-23 to push its league record to 7-3 and its overall record to 9-3.

The Knights had beaten the Symbas 55-13 in their first matchup of the season in November, but Tuesday night’s game was much different. ISSH came out with a confident first half while CAJ struggled to match their opponent’s energy, especially in rebounding. The Knights also made several mistakes handling the ball.

At halftime, CAJ’s lead was only 23-19. But Coach Eby and Julia agreed that there was one specific player who helped the Knights pick up their energy and composure. This helped the team outscore ISSH 19-4 in the second half.

“Angela came in midway through the third quarter with three key rebounds and putbacks,” Eby said. “She played with a lot of confidence, and I think that settled the rest of the girls down. Angela ignited the offensive effort in the third quarter that sort of opened up our lead and took some pressure off.”

Julia also discussed how the team’s positive attitudes through adversity helped the turnaround in the second half. “One thing that’s good about our team is that, even when we’re going down, we don’t get mad at each other,” Julia said. “We just keep encouraging each other. Even though we were doing terribly, because we could encourage each other, we got better and better.”

The team continued its trend of balanced scoring, as Erika had nine points and Julia and Kachel both had eight. Seven different players scored. Julia had a season-high 19 rebounds, and Kachel had 10 rebounds and five steals.

The Knights will play next on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the ASIJ Invitational.
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