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Varsity girls' basketball completes first day of Far East Tournament

CAJ's girls' varsity basketball team had a fantastic first day at its Far East Tournament in Iwakuni!

The Knights started the day at 8 a.m. with a 16-9 victory over Zama. Then, at 10 a.m., they took down Daegu by a score of 44-25.

CAJ's first game was a major defensive struggle where neither team could get anything to fall in the hoop. The Knights went up 10-0 at halftime and did well enough to hold on in the second half, though it wasn't pretty.

"In the fourth quarter, we were trying to stall and use as much of the clock as possible, but we started trying some risky passes that ended in turnovers," Rachel said.

Against Zama, Julia finished with six points and 10 rebounds, while Erika had five points.

The Knights' second game was a much better display of their talent and balance. CAJ jumped out to a quick lead and kept the Warriors at bay for the rest of the game on the strength of its defensive pressure and transition play.

"We started with 1-2-2 press and got most of our scoring on the fast break from that," coach Craig Eby said. "We had very balanced scoring."

Julia (10), Erika (10), Reiko (eight) and Rachel (six) did a great job filling out the scoring column for the Knights. In total, eight players scored.

CAJ's overall season record is now 12-8. The team will play in the Division II semifinals at 9 a.m. on Tuesday against Yokota, the defending Far East champions. The Knights have defeated the Panthers once and lost to them three times already this season.
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