By: Rachelle Claire Ignacio, The Plaid Staff Writer
The Upland Lady Scots and the Kaiser Cats faced off Tuesday night to start off the season. Upland started the game full of energy and finished the game with a whopping score of 71-19.
Upland started the first half strong as junior #3, Essence Carrington, scored 16 points all within the first quarter. After a few fouls and turnovers, the team ended the quarter with a lead of 19-2. In the second quarter, the Lady Scots changed gears towards their defense. With less than five minutes left in the quarter, the team managed to defend the basket until the opposing team’s 30 second shot clock ran out.
Going into the second half of the game, Upland continued on with their defense and completed several more turnovers than the prior quarter. This then caused fast breaks and so the team passed on the ball and relied on junior #1, Alexis Sanchez, and sophomore #5, Mina Goss Guevara, to finish it off with their 3-pointer jump shots.
During the last quarter, the team generally played the same as the last two quarters which in the end payed off. Although since the team was not too worried about scoring, several other players had the chance to score as well. With these consistent executions, senior #22, Gabby Marlen, ended the game with a quick lay-up, milliseconds before the buzzer rang.
Upland played hard all throughout the game, even with a big lead to start. The following day, Coach J said, “I thought we ran the fastbreak really well as a team. It was kind of hard to run offense because the other team was not very good defensively, but we passed the ball well and Mina and Essence shot the ball real well.” The Lady Scots’ relentless defense and and strong offense earned them the most glorious way to start off the season.