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Girls basketball loses to Los Altos despite improvement, strong teamwork

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Naveen Narayanaswami
Junior Karina Ashford dribbles the ball past a defender. Freshman and captain Eliana Miao said, “We’re just trying to learn how to just get better every day and then keep working because eventually the work will pay off.”

Even though girls basketball fell 57-32 to Los Altos High on Jan. 26 in their 20th game of the season, head coach Kevin Blunt said the team performed well, especially because they are still trying to develop their players.

“We’re still trying to build our foundation, and it’s going to take time,” Blunt said.

Blunt said it is important for the team to be able to play in uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations.

“It’s just about getting out of their comfort zones, and (being) more confident,” Blunt said.

Freshman and captain Eliana Miao said the team is rapidly improving but lacked physicality against Los Altos.

“We’ve been improving a lot this season,” Miao said. “I think one thing that was harder for us in this game was that they were physical, but I see how our team keeps fighting back –– we keep going in there and just showing up.”

Miao also said the team is learning how to work in better unison and developing better teamwork skills.

“We’re putting down more points and learning how to work together as a team,” Miao said.

Miao also said the team can improve by relaxing on the court and communicating during games.

“I think we always have to just communicate more on the court, and we also just have to calm down and play basketball because we practice a lot and we just want to show on the court,” Miao said.

Blunt said the team should work on fine-tuning and perfecting specific basketball skills.

“We need to improve on our ball handling, limiting our turnovers, limiting transition points and also boxing out and just rebounding,” Blunt said.

Miao said even though the team is fairly young, they’re working hard.

“We’re a new team, so I think the odds have been stacked against us,” Miao said. “I think we’re just trying to learn how to just get better every day and keep working because eventually the work will pay off.”

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