Both the New Mission and Burke girl’s basketball teams stepped onto the court for their first game knowing it could have been anyone’s game. New Mission had to bench several key players because of concussions while Burke featured a whole new roster. The result of the game ended in the veterans' favor, as New Mission trumped Burke 57-21.
New Mission dictated the tempo of the majority of the game and especially the first half.
Sparked by junior Jenny Mendez, New Mission to a 15-3 lead after the first quarter.
“They’re still learning the fundamentals of the game like position, footwork, passing the ball, defense and offense,” Burke coach John Evans said. “We’ve been working hard in practice but actually playing against an opponent showed us we have a lot to work on.”
Mendez went on to dominate the second quarter and buried two buckets from the right wing and garnered another two on free throws, all in a span of two minutes.
“I haven’t played basketball in a long time since I was injured and the win means a lot,” she said. “I’m happy that we won and look forward to doing it every game this season.”
The Lady Titans continued to rule the second quarter and went into intermission with a commanding 34-8 lead.
Burke senior guard Brenda Calderon finished with 8 points and senior guard Tylia Cromtrie finished with 7.
Calderon said it was clear as ever that her team needs work by looking at the scoreboard at the end of game.
“It was our first game together and we’re a brand new team so it was definitely frustrating,” she said, “We just need to learn how to work together and start communicating.
“But we’re going to stay motivated and we’re not going to give up.”
Coach Evans mirrored Calderon’s view and said it’s all about creating a bond between his girls before focusing on victories.
“My biggest issue isn’t about winning games right now, it’s about building a family,” he said. “My whole thing is to try and get the girls to work together and support each other.
“When that time comes, then we’ll work on winning games.”
Despite the big win, New Mission coach Emily Werner thinks her team has room for improvement.
“We played well and collectively as a team but it definitely exposed what we need to do better,” she said. “We had a lot of fouls and that shows that we’re being aggressive but that we need to get even better defensively.”
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