Veronica Pahomova, cub writer
And yet another layup was made from a fast break. Granada Hills was dominating the court while Beverly struggled to keep up with the other team’s pace. December 6 was not a game to remember for girls frosh/soph basketball.
With their star player missing, the Normans lost 51-10, a striking 41-point difference.
After about an hour drive on a public school bus, the team arrived at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks with little to no confidence. On the bus, the girls were already setting themselves up for a loss.
“We kind of figured we were going to lose. It was no surprise to be honest. When we’re missing Ashley, a girl who makes more than half our shots, one can only hope the score will only be 41 points apart,” shooting guard Tamar Simone stated.
Simone wasn’t the only member anticipating their self-inflicted failure. The Highlanders were known for their speed and skill and whispers spread throughout the bus talking about their three-point shooters.
“Our team is very young and a few girls that are here haven’t really ever played organized basketball, so when you’re playing good and strong teams, its tough since we’re going up against people who played basketball everyday since childhood,” coach Joe Stern said.
The first few minutes of the game pretty much set the scene for the remaining three quarters. It was an incessant repeat of Beverly shooting, missing, Granada rebounding, taking a fast break, making their layup and adding another two points.
It was the inability to get back on defense in time that really hurt the Normans.
“Besides our defense, another big reason why we lost was because of how frustrated we got during the last quarter. Players were just throwing the ball up, not even bothering to aim. And we got so bothered by how many points we were letting them make that we got too careless and began fouling them, which really only gave them even more points,” point guard Allison Abrishame said.
One bad game, however, isn’t throwing the team off balance.
“If you give us a few more weeks of playing together and more games, and I think with them learning how to play well together, they will succeed as a team,” Stern said. “This is not our last game, but it is our last one losing like this.”