Girls’ basketball loses again to Aptos in CCS semifinals

March 6, 2019 — by Allison Hartley

Following the league season where the girls had a 4-8 record, the team competed in the CIF Central Coast Section (CCS) playoffs, where they lost 54-36 to Aptos High School in the semifinals on Feb. 21 at Del Mar High School. The team also lost to Aptos last year in the 2018 CCS semifinal round.

Aptos continued on to win the CCS championship game  58-37 against South San Francisco High School, the 2018 champion that beat Aptos.

Saratoga beat Pajaro Valley High School at home in the second round 62-38 on Feb. 16 and won again against Mills High school 53-41 on Feb. 19, which advanced them to the semifinals.

“In the first few games of CCS, we played really well defensively and offensively,” sophomore guard Iris Lee said. “The whole team played really well against Mills in order to get a rematch with Aptos.”

Although the girls faced a comparatively low-scoring first three quarters against Aptos at 46-19, they had a strong fourth quarter where they scored 17 points compared to Aptos’s eight.

“Coach (Danny Wallace) said we played scared — scared of the team and scared of the school,” Lee said. “But we are getting better every year, and next season we can learn from that experience.”

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