The Scottsdale Christian Eagles women’s junior varsity basketball team traveled to Paradise Valley for their final regional regular season game against the the Eagles of Phoenix Country Day School late on Friday afternoon. Coaches Alan Mitchell and Jackie Ortega were seeking to finish the season with a win, and thus SCA began the game with a full-court press and aggressively defending the perimeter as the setting sun reflected off Camelback Mountain and into the gymnasium.
The attacking defense led to sophomore guard Kathryn Dick blocking shots and sweeping up steals early in the first quarter, and freshman guard Lily Richardson converted these changes of possessions into immediate fast-break points with her alert distributions. Freshman forwards Brooke Hancock and Baylee Tobin both took advantage of Lily Richardson’s willingness to run by getting ahead of the play and into the lane for fast break opportunities, and SCA opened up a 12-4 first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, junior forward Heather Hancock found her scoring touch from the mid-range and also made Phoenix Country Day pay in the press, scooping up errant passes over the top and sending SCA back on the attack in transition, where her sister Brooke Hancock enjoyed more scoring opportunities. Kathryn Dick sliced open the interior of the PCDS defense with slashing drives off the perimeter fake to finish in the paint, and SCA led 25-6 at the half.
Freshman guard Savannah Cardona owned and operated the third quarter, forcing PCDS turnovers, stealing the ball, scoring on the break, and hitting from three. Also knocking down the three-pointer in the final frame were Lily Richardson and Kathryn Dick, while freshman forward Allyson Lund closed out the game with a jumper in the lane to round out the SCA scoring.
The junior varsity finished up the season under coaches Jackie Ortega and Alan Mitchell 7-1, with all of the players developing greater court awareness and comfort with strong ball movement among the teammates. The future looks bright for the Eagles in years to come!