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GIRLS BASKETBALL | Wolves start the season with a 2-2 record

Different players have stepped up to help lead the team in the first few games, but the Wolves face a formidable challenge in their next game against Franklin.

Girls basketball has started their season, boasting an overall record of 2-2.

The Wolves looked formidable in their first game against the Monroe Vikings on Nov. 17, winning 38-11. The Wolves took the lead in the first quarter and continued to dominate every quarter of the game, inevitably expanding their lead by double digits.

It was the underclassmen that looked to prove themselves on the court. Freshman Jazmin Ruiz was the top scorer of the game, finishing with 10 points and a 45% shooting percentage from the field. Sophomore Cara Dechathong had seven defensive rebounds, the most on the team. Her impressive stat line also included four assists, two blocks and 11 steals, leading the Wolves in all categories.  Senior Allison Prieto grabbed a total of five offensive rebounds. 

The Wolves lost their second match to the Cleveland Charter High School (CCHS) Cavaliers on Nov. 19, 39-29. Ruiz followed her stellar performance from the first game, scoring the most points for the team, again. Cara Dechathong lead the team in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks for the Wolves. Unfortunately, the Wolves’ efforts were not enough to overcome the CCHS Cavaliers, who currently hold a 4-4 record this season. 

The Wolves win their first home game of the season against Grant High School with a score of 52-36. (CREDIT: ISABELLA THOMAS | THE MIRROR )

Against the Grant Lancers on Dec. 1, the Wolves dominated at home winning  52-36. Senior Karla Granados and Ruiz combined to lead the team in scoring, rebounds and steals. Notably, Granados had a 75% shooting accuracy and dropped 19 points against the opponents. Ruiz had an equally impressive performance ending the game with 10 steals and 13 rebounds. Senior Kali Coleman led the Wolves in assists, with five against the Lancers.

On Friday, Dec. 3, The Wolves played the 4-0 Eagle Rock players at home. Though Eagle Rock has been undefeated so far, the Wolves kept the game close through three quarters. Before the start of the fourth quarter, Eagle Rock led by just six points. A poor fourth-quarter performance saw the team falter on defense, letting the opponent score 14 points against their 3 points. The final score of the game was  49-32. 

At 2-2 on the season, the girl’s team seeks a win against the Franklin High School Panthers on Monday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m.

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