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Varsity girls' basketball loses 52-39 to Zama

The varsity girls' basketball team lost 52-39 at Zama on Monday night. CAJ's Kanto Plains league record is now 7-4.

Coach Craig Eby said it was one of the team's best games of the season, since the Trojans are currently first place in the league standings.

CAJ actually led the Trojans 12-4 after one quarter with some strong defense and cold shooting from Zama, but the Trojans then racked up 23 second-quarter points to take an 11-point halftime lead. Coach Craig Eby said Zama's speed was very tough to deal with. The Trojans often brought strong traps to the Knights on defense, forcing steals and quick fast-break layups.

Both teams had strong offensive second halves to keep the Trojans' lead from moving significantly up or down. Zama's shooting stayed hot, while the Knights were able to hit from the outside and also find looks inside.

"In the third quarter, [Zama] was playing their tight man-to-man defense," Coach Craig Eby said. "But we started to see that there were openings over the defense and we had some nice passes and finishes inside."

Eby commented that the team's shooting on Monday was good most of the game, but needs to transfer better to other games. The Knights have had several games where they've scored fewer than 30 points.

Anna led CAJ with 12 points and five rebounds. Jessica, Mitsuki and Rachel each had eight points, and Jessica also had 11 rebounds.

The Knights have a long layoff before playing at Yokota next Friday.

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