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Vista win sets up key stretch for Eagles

By: Matt Long
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Vista del Lago cleared the hurdle otherwise known as Mira Loma Wednesday night, cruising to a 58-19 victory over the Matadors.

The easy win improved the team’s record to 3-1 in the Capital Athletic League and 16-5 overall and sets up a key game on the road at Rio Americano (2-2 in league, 12-8 overall) on Friday. The game is the last of the first round of league play and a win would keep the Eagles a game back of Christian Brothers, who handed the team their only loss. The rematch is at the Eagles’ Nest on Feb. 1, two days after another big game on the road at El Camino (3-1 in league, 10-11 overall)

“This is an important three-game stretch,” Benjamin said. “We’re going to have to play better than we did today.”

That said, the Eagles played well against the Matadors, aside from the first six minutes. Vista only led 9-2 after the first quarter, but scored 25 points in the second quarter and rolled up a 34-4 lead at halftime. Emily Anderson scored all 10 of her points in a three-minute stretch early in the second quarter, as the Eagles scored all 25 of their points before Mira Loma’s only bucket of the quarter with 39 seconds remaining.

Anderson started off with a three pointer, and Tara Singh followed with a basket and free throw to make it 15-2. Anderson then hit another three, followed by a baseline jumper and then a five-foot bank shot in transition – all in 35 seconds – as the Eagles pulled away for good.

“We got rolling and took care of business,” Benjamin said. “We didn’t take the game off and that was good. Everyone got good minutes. I told the team I wasn’t looking at the scoreboard and I wasn’t looking at Mira Loma. I wanted us to work on our stuff and run it correctly and I liked what I saw.”

Lindsey Moody, who scored eight points in the third quarter, led the Eagles with 15. Anderson finished with 10, while Singh chipped in nine. Rory Page and Mia Perez both added six.

“We’re definitely getting better as a team,” Moody said. “We’re building team chemistry. Over the next three games, I’m hoping everyone steps up, including the players off the bench. We’ve been scrimmaging the freshman boys and it’s really helping us.”