Bleachers erupted into cheers as competition raged between the Trojans and the Monarchs, and both fought passionately for a spot in the NCS semi-finals. With the Trojans leading the scoreboard for the entire game, the girls varsity basketball team secured a 66-52 win against Mt. Eden on Friday Feb. 23 in the CVHS gym.
The Trojans started with great energy, scoring 11 points in the first five minutes. Junior Payton Stanberry made many rebounds immediately after she came onto the court, becoming a top scorer for the Trojans.
“I think our defense could’ve been a little better, but all in all it was a good game, ” said Stanberry.
The first quarter ended as a hotly contested match at 19-13, however Mt. Eden seemed to miss many shots. The energy was evident as Mt. Eden’s buzzerbeater ended the half with cheers, bringing the score to 33-22, CVHS in the lead.
After half time, the Monarchs were determined to come back, but the Trojans refused to let up. They led by 16 points at the end of the third quarter. With just four minutes left in the game, and the score at 62-50, aggression ran high as CVHS felt the pressure of maintaining their lead. After a quick time-out, CVHS appeared more relaxed and started to run out the clock.
Over the course of the season the girls varsity basketball team has done very well, with a 23-5 record, and ranking 36th in the state.
“We’ve gotten a lot closer as a team, and that really helps with our team chemistry and our game in general. In the semis, I’m looking forward to us playing as a team and sharing the ball,” said Stanberry.
The next playoff game is against Heritage High School, who are ranked 30th in the state, at Heritage on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Be sure to support the Trojans as they embark on their journey to the finals!