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Vista drops a pair of games; league play begins Friday

By: Matt Long
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January hasn’t started off so hot for Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ basketball team.

After a 13-2 record in 2016, the Eagles (13-4) dropped their first two games of 2017; losing non-league games to Cordova on Tuesday, 36-35, followed by a 55-50 loss to Union Mine two days later, a team they beat a week earlier.

Despite the loss, Vista Coach Marty Benjamin isn’t concerned. He’s more pleased about the practice time coming his way, as his team’s next game isn’t until Friday in their Capital Athletic League opener against El Camino.

“I’m really looking forward to these five days of practice,” Benjamin said. “We had a great practice Friday and we’ve got four more before El Camino. I think the practices are going to do us a lot of good.”

Benjamin was disappointed with the loss to Cordova, as his team never got it going that day. Vista led by nine at halftime, 20-11, but played poorly. Cordova hit four three-pointers in the second half and shot the ball well overall.

“We committed 21 turnovers against a team that wasn’t pressing us and played a two-three zone the entire game,” Benjamin said. “That’s too many turnovers.”

Mia Perez led the team with 12 pints, while Lindsey Moody scored 10.

The Eagles played better against Union Mine, but still came up short. Free throw shooting didn’t help their cause, as the team made just six-of-17 attempts and lost by five. Like against Cordova, the Eagles were hurt by the three-pointer, as Union Mine made three in the third quarter and two more in the fourth.

Perez again led the team with 15 points, while Tara Singh scored 15.

“We lost to a decent team, but we didn’t play that bad,” Benjamin said. “Two losses before league isn’t what I was hoping for, but I’m not stressing over it. We’ve got a lot of time to prepare for El Camino.”