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JV girls' basketball places third at Kanto Tournament

The JV girls' basketball team wrapped up its season at ASIJ on Saturday with a third-place finish in the Kanto Plains JV Tournament.

CAJ began the day as the fourth seed against fifth-seeded ISSH. The Knights overcame a sluggish offensive start to score the game's final 17 points and win 25-11.

The next game was against top-seeded Seisen. CAJ stayed somewhat close for much of the game, but the team couldn't convert nearly enough of its many good shot opportunities. The Phoenix won 23-10.

CAJ came back with a vengeance against the second-seeded Kinnick team to place third. The Knights used their speed to beat the Red Devils for numerous baskets on fast-break drives and ended up winning 30-16.

On Saturday, the Knights' leading scorers for the games combined were Nana (22 points), Raven (16) and Jessica (15). Jessica also added 41 rebounds, while Nana had 22 and Aasritha had 17.

Jia commented on how the team improved its defense throughout the year: "We forced a lot of shot clock violations for the other team because we moved well on our 1-1-3 defense to keep them from shooting."

Because of players moving up to varsity for Far East and injuries, the team played its final five games of the season with just one available substitute, which is not ideal for a basketball team. All of CAJ's opponents in that stretch had between four to seven subs.

"There were times when we weren't playing our best basketball, but effort was never the problem," coach Jared Johnson said. "The girls could've let the tough circumstances affect their attitudes, but they never let that happen. That's a really good quality to have both in basketball and in life."

The Knights ended their season with eight wins and seven losses. Two of their league wins counted double because of scheduling constraints, so the team's overall record was 10-7.
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