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Varsity girls basketball opens season with 55-34 win against Notre Dame

Co-captain Isabella Lo (11) dribbles the ball around a Notre Dame player during the game on Nov. 21. The varsity boys basketball team played directly before the girls game and also defeated their opponent, Monta Vista High School. (Margaret Cartee)

The varsity girls basketball team crushed Notre Dame San Jose 55-34 in their home opener on Nov. 21.

Center Sanika Das (9) won the tip off for the Eagles, but the Notre Dame Regents quickly regained possession of the ball, scoring the first two shots. After a missed shot from co-captain Isabella Lo (11), small forward Finley Ho (9) grabbed the rebound and scored. Co-captain Claire Miao (12) helped the Eagles gain a 5-4 lead, scored a basket and then converted an and one. Claire M. continued to put points on the board with two more free throws and a layup to end the quarter at 11-6.

“We have been doing a lot of practice cleaning up our plays and building our defense, and I thought that really showed,” Claire M. said. “Everything we practiced throughout the season really translated over to the game today, and I really liked how we brought the energy.” 

Harker started the second quarter with possession of the ball, and Claire M. quickly scored a 3-pointer off a pass from center Emily Mitnick (11). The Eagles continued to push ahead with two 3-pointers from Claire M. and Claire Yu (10). The Regents scored a 3-pointer, followed closely by a third 3-pointer from Claire M. Immediately after Claire M.’s shot at 23-11, Notre Dame called a timeout. 

Harker continued to dominate the match, with Claire M. made a shot from a rebound and Isha Kotalwar (12) and Selena Chen (9) making layups. At the end of the quarter, the Regents scored one last shot to end the first half of the game 30-21. Selena was proud to hold her own during the game and reflected on her experience playing in the opener.

Small forward Finley Ho (9) looks around to pass the ball during the game against Notre Dame on Nov. 21. This game marked the varsity girls basketball team’s home opener. (Margaret Cartee)

“I was really scared at first, and then as I started playing, I realized [playing] wasn’t that bad,” Selena said. “I just treated it like any game I would have played outside.”

Notre Dame made the first shot of the third quarter, but Harker quickly gained momentum. Finley scored a basket, followed by a successful layup from Isabella and a 3-pointer from Claire M., to bring the score to 37-33. Claire Y. made both free throws after getting fouled by Notre Dame on a shot attempt. The Eagles played strong through the end of the quarter, ending with Isabella’s steal and layup to maintain a lead of 41-25. 

Harker continued their lead in the start of the fourth quarter despite committing a foul early on. Claire M. executed a successful steal and layup extending the score to 43-31 with around five minutes left in the quarter. Claire Y. also made a layup, followed by an assist from Claire M. to Emily for another layup. Selena scored with around two minutes left in the quarter, boosting the score to 49-31. The Regents fouled Isabella, and she scored her two free throws. In the packed final two minutes, Claire Y. scored a layup, and Notre Dame made a 3-pointer. Emily then secured the game for the Eagles 55-34 in the last 15 seconds with a shot. 

Former varsity girls basketball team member Annmaria Antony (23’) watched the game and enjoyed returning to see her teammates.

“I was on the team last year, and we thought it would be fun to come back and support them for their season opener,” Annmaria said. “I think they played really well, and we were cheering them on the whole time.”

With the team’s win against North Salinas High School on Saturday, the team’s current record stands at 3-0.

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Margaret Cartee, Aquila Co-Managing Editor
Margaret Cartee 12) is a co-managing editor for Harker Aquila, and this is her fourth year on staff. This year, Margaret wants to do more illustrations and meet all the new journalists in the program. In her free time, she likes sketching on paper, playing volleyball and sitting in chairs.
Medha Yarlagadda, Aquila Co-Managing Editor
Medha Yarlagadda (12) is a co-managing editor for Harker Aquila, and this is her fourth year on staff. This year, she hopes to work more closely with the staff while capturing stories of the school community. In her free time, she can be found cooking or baking, reading or trying new cafes.

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