By Ashely Han,
The Blue Devils crushed Yuba City 81-31 on their final pre-season game played in the South Gym in Davis on Jan. 5, 2013.
The women’s varsity basketball team started quickly and executed strongly throughout the whole game. They had a 24-5 lead after the first quarter and kept pouring it on to win by the second largest margin this season.
Senior Ashleigh Vandenbrink secured the team’s victory with 13 points in the first half; along with senior Tori Powell’s 18 points total.
Vandenbrink swished three 3-pointers while sophomore Caitlin Mazzoleni and Emma Stenz scored 22 points combined.
Junior Jamie Kingsley had a big steal in the second half and got the crowd excited with an uncontested fast-break lay-up.
“We used this game as a preparation to start league next week so we went all out and they are ready for league,” head coach Karen Foster said.
The game wasn’t all fun and games as junior Lauren Cordano suffered a mild injury. She got jabbed in the eye by an opponent during the second half and had to sit out.
Davis is currently first in the Delta Valley League and start league play next Tuesday against Elk Grove.
“We moved the ball really well. Everyone was just clicking […] this was a good game to kind of get our confidence up and everything,” senior Becca Hassid said.
The team finished pre-season play at 13-3 and placed all three of the pre-season tournaments taking third place, second place, and winning one championship.
“[Yuba City has] been struggling all season and we’ve been playing really well so I expected it to be a lopsided game and it was, unfortunately, but we executed our offense, we executed defensively, we’re playing fantastic ball right now,” Coach Foster said.
According to Foster, the team’s goal is to win Sections and get deep into playoffs, then look to play for State Championship.
“We are probably going to face a lot more difficult teams as we go on to league. [Yuba City] was good practice to run our plays on but, definitely have some things to improve on,” junior Kira Prieditis said.