On Jan. 17, the girls’ JV basketball team easily defeated the Wallenberg Bulldogs 31-6.
Wallenberg took possession of the ball first and rushed to sink a three-pointer in the first few seconds of the game. But the Cardinals showed no envy, shutting out the Bulldogs for the rest of the first, ending the quarter 6-3.
The Cardinals then proceeded to add 11 points to their lead in the second. Head coach Christine Hosoda used this opportunity to help improve the Cardinals’ game, calling two timeouts. “Ms. Hosoda said we had to pick up our intensity and play our game and box out and get rebounds,” sophomore guard Bianca Delatorre said.
The Bulldogs remained unsuccessful with scoring but managed to increase their number of rebounds in the third. Lowell did not score until four minutes in, when sophomore guard Allyson Lui performed a stunning turnover that turned on the applause of all spectators. The Bulldogs made a vain attempt at a three-pointer before Lowell made two layups and a final layup in the last five seconds ending the third 27-3.
After many unsuccessful attempts to shoot and score, Wallenberg finally made another three-pointer in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Sophomore forward and center Sabina Wildman responded with two layups. The team struggled and failed to score in the last minute of the game, ending with a final score of 31-6.
Even with their blowout victory, the Cardinals have many aspects of the game to improve upon. “We need to work on limiting turnovers, getting defensive steps and getting open looks on defense,” Delatorre said.
The team’s next game is at 4:00 p.m. on Friday Jan. 25. at Lowell against the Lincoln Mustangs.