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Vista girls pick up overtime win against Cosumnes Oaks

By: Staff Report
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Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ basketball team ended a five-game losing streak with a thrilling 57-53 overtime win over Cosumnes Oaks last Wednesday. The win gave the team a shot of confidence, as the Eagles, who have suffered many double-digit blowout losses this season, nearly beat Galt on Friday, 63-60. The two games of 57 and 60 points were the most points the Eagles had scored since scoring 61 in a loss to Rocklin nearly a month ago on Dec. 15. “We switched up our warm-up routine and I really think that has helped us in the first quarter,” Vista coach Swan Wainwright said. “It just wakes us up mentally and gets us prepared to play. We’ve also implemented an early offense and have a fastbreak mentality that gets us more layups.” Trailing by four points heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles (1-2 in league, 4-12 overall) outscored the Wolfpack 18-14 to send the game into overtime, where they held another four-point advantage, 10-6. Elizabeth Freese led Vista with 25 points. Caprina Pipion finished with 12, while Hailey Coburn finished with eight. “That had to be a career high for Elizabeth,” Wainwright said. “She was feeling it and that was a big difference for us. She was hitting her threes and only missed one free throw. She was phenomenal.” Another key part to the win was the play of Natalie Mills, who had 12 blocked shots. “I set up this drill and I call it the Natalie drill,” Wainwright explained. “In practice the girls do layups and Natalie has to either block the shot or foul them. Then she gets the rebound and then fires the outlet pass. That drill is meant to make her more aggressive and it helped against Cosumnes Oaks. Those 12 blocks prevented the possibility of them scoring 24 points. She did a great job.” In the loss to Galt, the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 47, but the Eagles came up three points short in the end. Freese again led the way with 19 points, while Pipion scored 14. Ezenia Coleman and Coburn both scored nine points. “We should have won that game,” Wainwright said. “I’m tired of losing to Galt every year. We were up by 10 points and they hit something like 11 threes and I still don’t know how they did it.” The Eagles travel to Liberty Ranch on Wednesday before playing host to Union Mine on Friday.