The Galt Lady Warriors varsity basketball team lost its first league game of the regular season on the road against Rosemont High School 49-44.
“I’m extremely proud of how hard the girls played and how strong we came out; unfortunately, the game slipped away from us in the fourth quarter,” said Galt High varsity head coach Angela DaPrato. “We were down two starters, and another starter was in and out of the game with the stomach flu so I was very proud of the effort; we just need to finish.”
Freshman wing Kaya Weaver led the Warriors with 21 points. The freshman scored five three-pointers in the game, including three back-to-back threes in the first quarter.
“In the beginning of the game, Rosemont left Kaya open and the freshman showed them why she is on varsity,” said DaPrato. “I think Rosemont underestimated Kaya, but once they realized how explosive Kaya is from the outside, they began to play tighter defense, which disrupted our offensive rhythm.”
Galt went on an 8-2 run in the beginning of the game, but the Wolverines kept up with the Warriors and the two teams were tied at the end of the first quarter 18-18. In the second quarter, the Warriors were able to distance themselves and outscored Rosemont 9-6. Galt led at halftime 27-24. The two teams went back and forth in the third quarter, but it was the Wolverines who won the quarter, outscoring Galt 11-9. Rosemont continued its roll in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Warriors 14-8.
“We got careless with the ball and didn’t nail our shots in the fourth,” said DaPrato. “We had the opportunities but we just didn’t finish.”
“I want to give credit to Madison Petersen because she stepped up for the team and shut down one of their scorers,” said DaPrato. “Her stats really don’t represent how well she played tonight.”
Junior center Jessica McAllister finished the game with 8 points, followed by junior power forward Haley Sanchez with six points, and sophomore guard Raina Saldivar scored five points.
The Warriors fall to 9-8 overall and 0-1 in league, while Rosemont improves to 6-9 and 1-0 in league play.
The Stagg High Delta Kings defeated the Lady Warriors 45-37.
“This is a tough loss,” said Galt Lady Warriors varsity coach Angela DaPrato. “Our goal was to finish preseason strong, and we did the complete opposite. Yes, it is the best start Galt has had in a long time but I know we can play a lot better. We failed to take care of business tonight. We didn’t just lose the game but I lost my point guard due to an injury, which is a big loss.”
The Warriors failed to score a basket in the first quarter and were shut out by the Delta Queens 13-0. In the second quarter, Galt scored 10 points, but Stagg outscored the Warriors again 12-10. Stagg went into the locker room with a 15 point lead, 25-10.
Galt finally outscored Stagg 9-7 in the third quarter and found the basket in the fourth quarter, outscoring Stagg 18-13; however, it was not enough.
The Lady Warriors improved their record to 9-6 on Dec. 28 after defeating Venture Academy Mustangs (2-7) 40-33.
The Warriors took a 6-5 lead in the first quarter, then outscored Venture Academy 11-6 in the second quarter. Galt went to the locker room up 17-13 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Galt’s defense came alive and the Warriors were able to take advantage of turnovers, outscoring the Venture Academy 15-7. The Warriors finished the third quarter with a 12-point lead, 32-20. With three Warriors (sophomore guard Julia Baffa, senior point guard Hannah Aguirre and junior guard Mizan Johnson) in foul trouble, Galt slowed the pace in the fourth quarter and the Mustangs were able to outscore Galt 13-8.
“We controlled the tempo in the second half,” said Galt High Lady Warriors varsity head coach Angela DaPrato. “I wanted the girls to practice slowing down the tempo and using the clock. This is a young team and they are still learning. I took this opportunity to enhance their basketball IQ so when we get into league they are prepared and know when to push the ball and when to slow things down.”