The Kimball High girls kept up their early-season winning streak with a decisive victory Tuesday at West High, overwhelming the Wolf Pack 66-18.
The Jaguars (6-0) relied largely on their speed and oppressive defense, which resulted in multiple turnovers and kept the Wolf Pack (2-7) off balance for the entire game. Kimball also had the advantage in height, making 33 rebounds to West’s 22, and was on target in its outside shooting with eight 3-pointers.
Kimball players said their strong start to the season resulted from their drive to defend the Jaguars’ Valley Oak League title
“We have dedication toward each other, because last year, they were league champions, and this year, we want to do it again,” freshman Raziya Potter said.
Senior Isabella Lawrence said the team just needed to work hard in practice.
“The biggest challenge is we need to keep communicating and keep our spirits up and know that there’s still going to be competition and we need to work toward that competition,” she said.
Senior Allison Schmidt led the Jaguar offense with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and Lawrence scored nine points on three 3-pointers.
West’s leading scorer was senior Kate Bell with seven points, and junior Brittney Reyes scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.
West coach Emilio Guzman said his team’s downfall was mostly poor passing and turnovers.
“They (Kimball) didn’t force turnovers. We did it all by ourselves,” he said. “We’re going to keep pressing and pushing and see what comes out of it.”
Reyes said the Jaguars were also quick on both ends of the court.
“Kimball was pretty good. They swung the ball around and our defense just wasn’t fast enough,” she said.
West senior guard Sandy Barbosa agreed that her team need to improve its passing and communication. She said that her teammates had the ability to move the ball quickly across the court, which should make them more effective with experience.
“We have to work on that, because we don’t have height. If we can do that, we’ll be a heck of a team,” she said.
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