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CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN JAPAN
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HS girls' basketball gets one win and one loss against ISSH

The high school girls' basketball teams hosted ISSH for two games on Tuesday evening. Varsity won 55-28 and JV lost 30-29.

The varsity started the game a bit slowly, with ISSH staying within two points after one quarter. However, the team quickly turned up its transition game, rebounding misses by the Symbas and quickly passing the ball up the court for fast break opportunities.

"The most exciting thing for me to watch was the passing that took place," coach Craig Eby said. "It wasn't just [point guard] Mitsuki setting up people, it was other people setting up teammates. They were very unselfish with their passing, and it set up a lot of easy buckets."

Eby also commented that the team's rebounding was key in the win. The varsity's victory helped keep the team stay undefeated in Kanto Plains play with an 8-0 record.

Some key performers for the varsity were Rachel (24 points, two blocks), Anna (14 points, three assists), Jessica (10 points, 11 rebounds, four assists), Mitsuki (five points, seven assists) and Mari (14 rebounds).

The JV game stayed close throughout, with neither team able to lead by more than a few points. However, both teams improved their play in the second half. Sora made a three-point basket with just a few seconds away to make the score 30-29, but ISSH was able to safely inbound the ball afterward to seal the win.

"Our lack of energy and aggression, as well as poor body language, made it look like we didn't want to be there in the first half," coach Jared Johnson. "That improved dramatically in the second half, as we upped the intensity and were very encouraging to each other. It's a good thing we pulled it together, because ISSH also improved a lot in the second half!"

Johnson added that CAJ's passing is continuing to show positive improvement. JV's loss brought the team's season record to 4-4.

For the JV, Sora had 14 points, Marika had nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks and Charis had four points and six rebounds.

Varsity will play at the ASIJ Kanto Classic Tournament this Thursday to Saturday, and both teams will play next at ASIJ on February 5.

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