On January 23, the Fallbrook girls’ varsity basketball team played the La Costa Canyon (LCC) Mavericks.
The Lady Warriors’ (4-11) size and skill-set hurt them again as they played one of the top teams in the county. The Mavericks (12-5) steered easily to a 60-17 victory.
In the first quarter, LCC quickly established that they were more skilled with a fast-paced offense and an outstanding defense. The Mavericks possess 6’2” forward Katelyn Rowe.
Rowe found much room within the undersized Warrior team. She showed her soft touch around the block and poured on points for the Mavericks.
At the end of the first quarter, the Warriors found themselves down 25-7.
For the Mavericks, the second quarter served as additional minutes to extend their lead. Fallbrook guards found it impossible to overcome LCC’s towering players.
The Warriors occasionally found open shots, but they would often fail to convert on the opportunities.
However, the Fallbrook bench never looked as if they had given up. The Warriors were just frustrated by the inability to produce.
“We played hard, but they were just the better team,” said Nicole Verett.
In the fourth quarter, the Mavericks played their weakest unit to finish the deal.
LCC exemplified a perfect combination of a talented and well-coached team. They were simply dominant in every aspect of the game.
“They were simply better than us. We lack in size and skill. That’s why they’re one of the best teams in the county,” said Fallbrook coach Roger Moses after the game.
Many of the players on the Mavericks are on the same travel team that Moses coaches, so he was very familiar with the dominance of LCC’s team.
The Lady Warriors will have another shot at the Mavericks in February. Until then, Coach Moses said that his team has a lot to clean up and work on before they can compete against the stronger opponents.
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