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Winged Post

Varsity girls basketball commandeers Monte Vista 60-42

Emma Milner
Co-captain Claire Miao (12) guards a Mustang. Claire scored five points for the Eagles in the first quarter.

Varsity girls basketball prevailed against Monte Vista 60-42 at home on Jan. 13, qualifying for the Central Coast Section Championships with an out-of-league game win.

Although the Eagles lost the tipoff, they recovered with a layup from center Sanika Das (9). Monte Vista tried to respond, but the Eagles extended their lead with two layups from co-captain and guard Isabella Lo (11), a 3-pointer from co-captain and guard Claire Miao (12) and a field goal from guard Isha Kotalwar (12), bringing the score to 15-9. Claire put up two more points on the scoreboard and ended the first quarter 17-9 for the Eagles. 

The Eagles maintained their momentum throughout the second quarter, with forward Selena Chen (9) and Isabella both scoring 3-pointers. Harker controlled the pace of the game while playing solid defense, forcing the Mustangs to call a timeout at 27-9. Following the time out, forward Finley Ho (9) made a 3-pointer, and co-captain and center Emily Mitnick (11) and Isabella both made layups. Harker closed the first half of the game 35-16. 

Monte Vista pushed to tie the score in the third quarter, leading Harker to call a timeout early in the second half. Finley’s 3-pointer regained control in the Eagles’ favor, and Claire and Isabella followed suit with a free throw and 3-pointer, respectively, helping the Eagles maintain their lead 44-25.

“Our mindset was that we needed to come in with a lot of energy, execute our plays and establish a lead from the start,” Emily said. “We played well during this game, and we accomplished our goals.”

Over the course of the fourth quarter, Isha scored two layups. Harker remained consistent in their offense, pressuring the Mustangs to call a final timeout. The Eagles finished the game 60-42. 

This year’s team comprises five underclassmen, four of them being frosh and four upperclassmen. Despite the younger nature of the team, they have been able to garner wins in league play. Selina notes how the upperclassmen continuously provide support for the frosh and strive to strengthen the team’s bonds. 

“Being able to take part in bringing Harker to CCS is something that motivates me to persevere and get better at the sport,” Selina said. “I believe that qualifying for CCS couldn’t have happened without the efforts of the upperclassmen to both motivate and guide the frosh.”

The team faces Eastside College Prep next in a home game on Tuesday.

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Emma Milner, Co-Sports Editor
Emma Milner (11) is the co-sports editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her second year on staff. This year, Emma wishes to maintain strong sports coverage and continue improving her photography skills. Outside of school, she plays badminton competitively, and in her free time, she likes to watch Suits.

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