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Girls basketball falls to Breck on the road

On Friday, girls varsity basketball lost against Breck in a close game with a final score of 45-50. This was SPA’s second face-off with Breck this season, having previously won 58-44 in their initial match-up.

As the game started, fans intensely watched, with a few voicing their opinions on referee calls, adding to the charged atmosphere on the court. All eyes were fixed on every play.

Breck dominated in the first half, particularly in the paint, leveraging their height advantage. Despite senior Naomi Kempke’s contribution of two steals and a three-pointer, narrowing the once-10-point lead to four, Breck’s aggressive play led them to a 10-point lead by the half’s conclusion. Hopes were up for Breck, but the game was not over.

In the second half, SPA presented great shooting as Katy Devine knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to trim the lead to two. However, Breck responded by utilizing the paint, and a series of turnovers by SPA resulted in 10 consecutive points for Breck, reestablishing a 10-point lead. Kempke was able to weave through the defense and make two easy layups, bringing the difference to six. However, she suffered an injury, dribbling the ball up the court, sidelining her for the remainder of the game.

With five minutes remaining, Breck had a 14-point lead. Breck began to play some of their substitutes. However, SPA displayed resilience, and through free throws and well-executed play, they narrowed the lead to 7. SPA played strong, maintaining a determination to secure the victory. They employed a full-court press defense and double-teaming ball handlers, intensifying the pressure. SPA attempted two three-pointers and a layup but could not make them in, falling short in their comeback. However, the game showcased great skill. Both teams displayed perseverance throughout the competition; however, in the end, it was Breck who secured the victory.

The girls’ next game will be at home against Math and Science Academy on Jan. 16.

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Juan Miguel Adams, Sports Editor
Hi, my name is Juan Miguel Adams (he/him) I’m a Sports Editor for The Rubicon this year. At school, I’m involved in playing ultimate frisbee. I also love to play the saxophone and travel. You can reach me at [email protected].

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