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A slow start came back to haunt the Christopher High girls
varsity basketball team in a 38-32 loss to Monterey Bay League
opponent Seaside on Thursday night in Gilroy.
A slow start came back to haunt the Christopher High girls varsity basketball team in a 38-32 loss to Monterey Bay League opponent Seaside on Thursday night in Gilroy.

The Cougars scored just three points in the opening quarter while spotting the Spartans nine. That six-point spread ultimately proved to be the difference.

“We came out really slow and missed a lot of open opportunities,” CHS head coach Heather Stewart said.

CHS sliced the deficit in half by halftime, going into the locker room down just three, 19-16.

Seaside carried a seven-point advantage into the final quarter and managed to keep the Cougars at bay to maintain the lead and secure the victory.

Stewart, stepping back and assessing the team’s performance from all angles, pointed to an unfavorable free throw shooting night (8-for-21) but also stressed the importance of the Cougars ability to still keep the game within reach.

“We shot ourselves in the foot there and we still kept the game close,” Stewart said. “Once we start doing the little things, we will start to see what we are working toward come to fruition.”

One aspect the Cougars and Stewart have been looking for is a more balanced scoring attack. On Thursday, seven Cougars made the box score.

Hanna Tabron led the way with a team-high 13 points, Maddie Peterson and Ashanti Clayton each had five points, Sophia Amelio contributed four points, Kaitlyn Ramirez and Merrett Brown had two apiece and Mariza Rodriguez had one.

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