By Jeremy Balan
PACIFICA — Early on in Washington’s game against Terra Nova on Friday, the Tigers made it clear that they were going to allow Washington to take open jump shots.
With a tight 2-3 zone, Terra Nova allowed Washington to take open shots from 3-point range, but the Eagles would shoot 2-of-20 from beyond the arc and just over 25 percent from the floor, as Terra Nova pulled away late to win 62-42 in the second round of the Terra Nova Tournament.
“It was a cold night,” said Washington head coach Vince Wong. “Most of those players make those shots. One of the things we’ve been working on is being patient, but tonight we were too patient.”
Although the final score indicates a lopsided matchup, Washington (4-2) battled back from a 35-20 halftime deficit to cut the lead to 41-35 heading into the fourth quarter. But the Tigers (3-0) would shoot 8-of-10 from the floor in the fourth quarter to push the lead back to double digits.
“We came roaring back in the second half, but got too tired,” Wong said. “The toughest thing is, we clawed back and got within six [points]. Now we have to learn to finish that and keep coming.”
Washington’s offense struggled at times, but the Eagles also had issues stopping a taller and more athletic Tigers team, led by juniors Ivonne Cook Taylor and Terilyn Moe. Moe, a slashing point guard, had a game-high 26 points, while Taylor, a swingman, led the charge in the fourth quarter with eight of her 19 total points.
“They were playing man-to-man [defense] and we were a little more athletic, so we felt we could get to the basket,” said Terra Nova head coach Kareem Summerville. “[The fourth quarter] showed the character of our team. It really showed resilience.”
Like Terra Nova, Washington was led by a pair of junior guards, in Raelyn Cheung-Sutton and Megan Dea. Cheung-Sutton had a team-high 16 points and Dea added 15. Dea had seven points in the crucial fourth quarter, but unfortunately for the Eagles, no other Washington player would score in the frame.
“They were just bigger and more athletic, but it means a lot [that we played with them],” Wong said. “The score shows we lost by 20, but the people that were here saw that we gave them a scare.”
Washington will play Monte Vista of Danville in the third-place game on Saturday, while Terra Nova will face Berean Christian in the tournament final.
Terilyn Moe – 26
Ivonne Cook Taylor – 19
Malia Elliot Tufono – 7
Jayzyl Tauala – 6
Mailiyah Alapati – 4
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton – 16
Megan Dea – 15
Phacharee Arunleung – 6
Meghan Louie – 4
Kelly Lem – 1