By Grace Richey,
At Thursday’s women’s varsity basketball game Davis High received a taste of El Camino’s sizzling outside shooting, losing the game to the Eagles 55-66.
“You have to give credit to El Camino,” said Blue Devil head coach Karen Foster of the 12 three-pointers that the Sacramento-based team made.
Within the first ten points scored in the game by both teams, five were three-point shots taken by El Camino with significant contributions from Madalyn Bates, who scored 21 points, all on treys.
The efforts of Blue Devil girls enabled them to keep up with El Camino through the first quarter with a score of 16-15. By halftime, junior Caitlin Mazzoleni assisted with her share of plays while making six baskets.
As both teams battled in the final quarter, DHS landed on a heavy streak of six baskets in a row with six minutes left in the game. Yet as Davis approached El Camino at 52-54, Bates gained the ball again and brought her team’s lead back to nine points.
With two minutes left in the game, a timeout was called with reorganization of the Blue Devil players.
However, neither team scored any points, drawing the game to conclusion at 55-66. As Foster puts it, the fourth quarter surge by DHS was “too little too late.”
Despite her confidence in the offensive players, Foster agreed that the entire team needs to tighten its perimeter. “We normally box out on rebounds well,” she said, yet the game lacked the same grip.
Foster is now looking ahead to the Jan. 15 game against Brookside Christian where point guard Kelly Goebbes-Matthews will hopefully return.
This game marks DHS varsity women’s 10-5 preseason standing, with league games to begin Jan. 17 at Elk Grove.
Last season, the Lady Blue Devils recorded a 23-5 overall record (winning 82.1 percent of the time) according to MaxPreps.
Junior Alaina King credits last year’s Delta Valley Conference championship to the 2012-2013 team. “It changes how other teams look at us,” she said.
Nonetheless, King cannot predict how this season will play out because this year’s team has not had the chance to size up any other competitors in the lDVC.