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Playing well, Falcons have CCS in sight

The girls’ basketball team has started the season with multiple wins. With a pre-season record of 8-3 and a regular season record of 4-1 so far, the team has high hopes for the rest of the season.

“I expect us to go all the way to league,” senior point guard Trishika Shetty said. “I don’t think we are going to lose many more games, so I’m hopeful for our chances at CCS.”

Shetty, who leads the team in assists, said one factor contributing to the team’s success was everyone’s commitment to the sport. The team has enough motivation and commitment to practice two hours a day, six days a week, and the players come prepared to try their best.

The team has won all of its league games so far, except for one away game on Jan. 17 against Los Altos High, with a narrow loss by just three points. Coach Mike Davey said the best wins were against South San Francisco and Carlmont

High because of those team’s good records, and he believes the teamwork and combination of star players and shooters are essential to the team’s victories.

Most of the success comes from pushing the ball up the court to the agile posts and forwards on the team. Senior veterans Dharini Ramaswamy, the leader in steals and points, and Tivoli Sisco, the leaders in 3 pointers, are two star players who do a good job leading the team on and off the court.

“It’s easy to dump the ball up the court because [the posts and forwards] do a good job of shooting the ball with control, but at the same time, [Ramaswamy and Sisco] dribble out if they need to,” Shetty said.

In addition, players said Davey is a great contributing factor to the team’s growth. Shetty said Davey constructs practices to help the teammates get better, and he puts them through rigorous drills to improve their technique.

The girls took on a tough Los Gatos team on Jan. 25 at home and won 66-58. The team was able to stop the Wildcat offense with great defensive scouting and preparation. Despite LG’s size, the Falcons were able to get the post players from the Wildcats into foul trouble. Ramaswami had 24 points in the win.

The combination of teamwork and efficiency at practice along with close relationships among players has strengthened the team. The team were scheduled to play Monta Vista at home on Jan. 28, and at Cupertino on Jan. 31.

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