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JV girls' basketball loses 35-13 to Yokota

The JV girls' basketball team struggled offensively in its last game of the season at Yokota on Friday and lost 35-13. CAJ ended the season with a 6-7 overall record and a 5-6 record in Kanto Plains play.

The Knights played without leading scorer and rebounder Mari in this game. She joined the varsity for this game in preparation for her joining the team at Far East next week. As a result, CAJ had trouble dealing with the size of Yokota underneath the basket.

"Losing Mari was a big blow for this game," coach Jared Johnson said. "They were a much bigger team in terms of both height and overall bulk. Getting rebounds seemed nearly impossible for most of the game."

CAJ got off to a very slow start, letting Yokota go up 17-2 midway in the third quarter. The Panthers were pressuring the Knights well on offense and forcing lots of turnovers.

In the final quarter and a half, the Knights started to work the ball around on offense with more confidence. CAJ found some openings in Yokota's defense to manufacture 11 points in the final quarter and a half.

"We had solid finish, but this was a game that should've been closer," Johnson said. "Our will to compete was pretty inconsistent. We were playing with a lot of energy at various points, but there were also stretches where we got discouraged and it showed in our faces and body language. I think the girls learned a lesson in resilience from this game."

Akina led CAJ with five points. Kiara had four points, and Tayoung and Mariko had two each. The Knights ended fifth place out of eight teams in Kanto Plains play.

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