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Girls basketball dominates in league

Bren Belmonte


   Today, the Gabrielino girls varsity basketball team will play an away game at 5 p.m. against Arroyo High School.

   On Jan. 25, the girls basketball team participated in an at-home league game against Rosemead High School. Scores were not available at press time.

   In previous years, the Eagles have played close games against Rosemead High School. This time, the team has hopes to come out victorious against them.

   The Eagles went against Marshall High School at an away game on Jan. 23. Scores were not available at press time.

   On Jan. 18, the girls basketball team faced off against El Monte High School at an away game, winning 56-18.

   “Before each game, our coach shares film and notes he’s taken on our opponents…we know who their strongest and weakest players are,” stated junior Sarah Banh. 

  The team played in an away league game against Mountain View High School on Jan. 13. The team won 53-17.

  Freshman Katelyn Chung stated, “[The game] was fun, it was definitely entertaining especially… being able to play with my teammates.” 

  Chung reflected, “I think [the opposing team] definitely weren’t as skilled as us but I think they still played a good game for us.”

  On Jan. 11, the Eagles played an away league game against South El Monte High School, scoring 64-25. 

  Gabrielino won a league game against Arroyo High School, scoring 47-18. They played at home on Jan. 9.

  Senior Bella Navarro stated, “The game started off slow but going into the third quarter my teammates sped up the pace and increased their intensity on the court.”

  The Eagles won against Rosemead High School in an away game on Jan. 6, winning 53-11.

  “The game against Rosemead was easy and it felt good to win because in previous years we’ve played close games,” Banh said. 

  Banh continued, “We easily won…in their gym and we plan to do it again at home.”

  The teams home game on Jan. 4 against Marshall Fundamental High School (MFSS) had Gabrielino High School walking away with another win, 58-33.

  The team considers MFSS as their best competition in the league.

  Junior Mia Lim stated, “We executed defensively pretty well, given their center was much taller and bigger than ours. Winning was not that difficult.” 

  The Eagle’s 1-2-2 trap defense put pressure on the Marshall guards early in the game. This strategy worked well, since the opposing side did not have many strong ball handlers.  

  Although the team is on a winning streak, they believe there is always room for individual and group improvement. 

  Lim stated, “Even though we’re doing great in the league, we are not at our peak yet…we all have room for improvement individually, meaning ball handling, basketball IQ, shooting, etc.”

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Bren Belmonte, Staff Writer
Bren Belmonte is a Photographer and Staff Writer with three years of experience on our newspaper team. Outside of journalism, Bren enjoys cosplaying, photographing friends, reading manga, watching anime, and listening to music. Bren chose the journalism class in sophomore year after encouragement from family members in the industry. Since then, they've recognized it as a future passion and career interest.
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