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Varsity girls' basketball wins all three pool play games on first day of Far East Tournament

The varsity girls' basketball team got off to an excellent start at its Far East Tournament in Okinawa on Thursday. The Knights beat Osan 33-12, Daegu 53-43 and Edgren 38-14 in pool play.

Coach Craig Eby said Osan didn't pose much of a threat from the outside with their shooting, and the Cougars had one main inside scoring threat that the Knights keyed in on and were able to contain.

Against Osan, Anna had 10 points, Jessica had six points and four rebounds and Mari had five points and four rebounds. Aasritha led the team with six rebounds.

Daegu presented a tougher challenge. The Warriors had an outside-shooting guard and a post player who was taller than six feet who were able to score plenty against the Knights. CAJ led by nine points after three quarters, but Daegu quickly scored six consecutive points to start the fourth, making the game interesting.

However, in the end, the Knights were able to win on the strength of their strong work in transition. They consistently beat the Warriors' press defense and also beat them down the floor with passes and drives for layups after rebounds and steals.

The leading performers for CAJ against Daegu were Anna (16 points), Jessica (10 points and four rebounds), Rachel (nine points) and Maika (eight points). Kachel also had six rebounds.

The Knights had another blowout victory against Edgren. CAJ did a great job shutting down the Eagles' main scoring threat inside by denying her the ball. Against Edgren, the Knights were led by Rachel (12 points), Anna (10 points), Jessica (eight points and five rebounds) and Mari (six points and five rebounds).

Coach Craig Eby said things are really clicking for the team on both ends of the floor right now. The Knights are passing the ball well and doing a good job of converting their shots.

"We're starting to play really well as a team," coach Craig Eby. "A lot of good things are happening."

The Knights will conclude pool play tomorrow morning against Yokota and start bracket play in the afternoon.

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