The Cats were looking for a win Friday night in their last league match against one of the two teams currently tied for first place. They had come up short in the first three attempts. And the determination was on display from the tip. Junior Olivia Lo was on a mission to get the ball to the hoop, putting in 7 of the Cats’ 16 first-quarter points. Senior captain Sabrina Belquist added 5, and the Cats took a 16 – 10 lead into the second.
In the second quarter, the Vikings returned the favor, relentlessly trying to drive to the hoop, which would continue for the remainder of the game. They scored 15 points in the frame. The Cats put in 12, with continued contributions from Belquist, Lo, and junior Ashley Poshard, to maintain a 3-point lead going into halftime.
The third quarter ended even, with each squad scoring 11. The Cats jumped out to an eight-point lead, with two key buckets from senior captain Sara Chiala, who spent most of her night defending the Viking ball handler. But the Vikings battled back, most of their points coming from junior Lydian Li, who had 8 in the frame and a game-high 31 overall. She was the Vikings’ answer every time they needed a basket, cutting the lead to 3 as the horn sounded.
A quick Li three in the fourth tied the game, and it remained tight through regulation. Freshman Casey Brennan attacked the basket for two crucial scores. And with the Viking up 5, sophomore Morgan Burt hit a clutch three-pointer to cut it to 2. The Cats were still down 2 with ten seconds left in regulation, but Olivia Lo dribbled the length of the court, hesitated near the three–point line, and then drove to the hoop for a game-tying layup as time expired.
The Cats were only able to muster a single hoop in overtime. They had two heavily-contested shots in the last ten seconds that could have tied the game, but neither one found the net. The disappointing loss brings the Cats’ league record to 6 – 4 (15 – 7 overall). Next week they will face Los Altos in a battle for third place (the Eagles are currently 1 game behind the Cats) before hosting Cupertino for senior night next Friday.