The SCA Middle School Girls JV Basketball team hosted the Paradise Valley Christian Prep varsity squad on Tuesday, providing the Eagles with a chance to measure their skills against the Panthers.
With Izzy Thiessen (#4) and Scarlett Isaacson (#11) directing traffic, and Reece Gibson (#14) and Julia Claus (#15) scoring on the inside, the JV got a good start, but the bigger and stronger Panthers caused the Eagles a lot of problems in the half-court offense, and even the return of the willing penetration from Natalia Horan (#35) could not keep the scores even. SCA went into the half down eleven points.
In the second half, however, Coach Ortega deployed the full-court press, and Bree Tobin (#31) and Abi Lund (#5) began to scoop up steals, with Bree going to the line to shoot free throws after good fast break work. Scarlett Campbell (#1) drove and scored, and Taylor Lach (#20) showed willing to get inside and box out for hard rebounds, but it wasn’t quite enough for the win Tuesday afternoon.
The Eagles will take a break from games for a scientific expedition to California, and return to competition on April 24 against Gilbert Christian.