Cagerettes end season after OT loss in first round of playoffs

by Jaimie Hsu & Evelyn Wong

        Girls’ varsity basketball ends season after a 70-65 loss in overtime to the Fountain Valley Barons on Feb. 21 in the first round of CIF Southern Section playoffs.

In their last regular season game Feb. 13 away, the Spartans defeated the Alhambra Moors, 48-43.

On Feb. 10, the cagerettes lost to the Mark Keppel Aztecs, 63-20, away.  In their previous away game Feb. 6, the team suffered a 61-55 loss to the San Gabriel Matadors. The Spartans faced the Montebello Oilers Feb. 3 at home, winning with a final score of 55-41.

“I think we did a good job year-round, not just in preseason and league. There were certain games where we played exceptionally well and others where laziness took over,” said Head Coach Paul Chavez. “Overall, I am proud of the way they connected and played this season.”

In a home game Jan. 30, the cagerettes garnered a 62-37 win over the Bell Gardens Lancers. They won against the Moors, 60-43, in a home game Jan. 27. The Spartans faced the Aztecs Jan. 23 at home. By halftime, they were trailing 23-14 and were unable to catch up, losing with a score of 86-68.

“This season has been difficult, knowing that we haven’t always been playing to our fullest potential,” said Marisa Orozco, senior co-captain. “I feel confident about [tomorrow’s] game. If we play as a team and execute our defense, we have a really good chance of winning.”

The Spartans played against the Matadors Jan. 20 away, winning with a score of 43-36. They faced the Oilers for the second league game Jan. 16 and won, 48-32. Beginning the season with an away game against Bell Gardens Jan. 13, the team defeated the Lancers, 65-45.

The JV cagerettes ended their season with a league record of 8-2.

The JV Spartans defeated the Moors, 55-18, in an away game Feb. 13. They played the Aztecs Feb. 10, away, but suffered a 53-26 loss. On Feb. 6, the team emerged victorious against the Matadors 55-44, and also defeated the Oilers, 54-21, Feb. 3 at home.

“I think we did pretty well, but as a team, we could have been more disciplined,” said freshman Jennifer Flores.

The frosh/soph cagerettes finished league with a record of 6-4.

“I think we did pretty good this season,” said Arizbeth Jimenez, sophomore co-captain. “Not all games we played together, but most games we gave it our all for the win and played hard.”

The frosh/soph Spartans dominated the Moors, 56-20, in a blowout game Feb. 13 at home. They were defeated by the Aztecs, 67-16, Feb. 10 at home. On Feb. 6, the cagerettes suffered a 61-13 loss to the Matadors in an away game. They lost to the Oilers, 32-26, Feb. 3 away, but emerged victorious Jan. 30 against the Lancers, 45-44.

*UPDATE: Girls’ varsity basketball ends season after a 70-65 loss in overtime to the Fountain Valley Barons on Feb. 21 in the first round of CIF Southern Section playoffs. (02/21/15-9:30 p.m.)

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