On January 9, the girls’ varsity basketball team played the Vista Panthers.
The Lady Warriors trailed for the entirety of the game and experienced a crushing 61-22 defeat.
Fallbrook played hard and pitched a tremendous effort, yet the Panthers’ athleticism and shot-making ability proved to be too much for the Warriors.
The Panthers demonstrated a well-defined offense in the first quarter as they worked the post game and drove to the basket with ease.
Fallbrook’s lack of size allowed Vista to grab the rebounds with little effort.
In addition, the Warriors could not break down the extraordinary Panther defense.
Vista led 21-4 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Warriors were outscored again.
Vista showed great skill in spreading the floor. This provided ample room for the Panthers to cut to the basket and get in the paint for easy scores.
However, Fallbrook coach Roger Moses was always found telling his players to keep their heads up.
Fallbrook’s point guard, Delaney Cassidy, was able to create some plays for the Warriors. She scored three of Fallbrook’s eight points in the second quarter.
The Panthers led by 25 at halftime.
With three minutes left in the third quarter, the deficit grew to 30 points.
Miscommunication and unforced turnovers caused frustration amongst the Warriors.
The game came ended with a final score of 61-22.
The Panthers finished the game with three players in double figures.
“We had a lot more confidence than the last two games,” said Nicole Verett, who led the Warriors with seven points. “Today, I think we really picked it up and I’m really proud of our team.”
The last two were indeed tough as they faced Ramona (9-5) and Carlsbad (11-7).
“We’re very small, we’re undersized and we’re young,” said Coach Moses. “They’re doing the best they can. Our skill set and our talent isn’t what some of the other teams have in our league, and the fact that we’re so small...All that is compounded by our lack of skill and talent.”
However, the coach does see a bright future ahead in Fallbrook’s program.
“The best part is I haven’t had any kids quit,” he said. “They all keep coming back and when you’re getting drilled and obliterated like this, it’s really easy to quit. It’s a testimony to their character.”
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