Sutter Middle School’s seventh grade girls’ basketball team came one win shy of a Foothill Athletic League championship.
On Thursday, the Cougars squared off against rival Marina Middle School in the league championship game and lost 37-34. It was the third time the teams met and all three games came down to the wire.
“We beat them by one at their place and they beat us in double overtime down here,” Sutter coach Sterling Forbes said. “All three of those games could have gone either way.”
The Cougars led the championship game by one point with a minute to play, but turned the ball over and Marina scored and went on to win by three. Free throw shooting played a huge part in the Sutter loss.
“They made 20-out-of-28 free throws and I think we were something like 7-of-12,” Forbes said. “We play an aggressive style and they took advantage of that.”
The Cougars had a strong season because of that aggressive play, winning 13 games and losing only twice.
“We get after it and press and half-court trap,” Forbes said. “That aggressive, up-tempo play certainly helped us throughout the season. On top of that, we have a fundamentally-sound team led by a couple of players who play AAU.”
McKenzie Forbes scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds in the loss to Marina. Forbes is one of the team leaders and starting five along with Cierra Garza, Rachel Knutsen, Julia Roberts and Kayla Jenkins. Elissa LaComb, Hannah Costar, Sydney Grego, Amber Liston and Devry Millet rounded out the roster.
Forbes coached the team along with Max Forbes and Ross Davis.