By Josh Levine
Shayna Mehta, Natalie Kelly, and Danielle Palmer did almost all of the scoring in the International girls basketball team’s 72-61 Bay Counties League West win over Urban on Thursday at Kezar Pavilion.
Mehta scored a game-high 32 points, Kelly added 24 and Palmer had 12, as the Jaguars (14-2, 2-0) never trailed in the game and mostly led by double digits throughout, despite playing only seven girls due to the absence of three players that usually get substantial playing time.
Led by 6-foot-2 freshman Adi Martin-Ruben, the Blues (12-3, 1-1) outrebounded the Jaguars, but committed 20 turnovers and struggled to manage many second-chance points. Martin-Ruben, along with fellow freshmen CJ Catina and Kira Waldman, combined to score 32 points for the Blues.
“We had a lot of turnovers and didn’t get our normal looks out there,” said Urban head coach Hope Broadus. “We threw the ball away and we try to value every possession. Against a team like [International], you have to turn those rebounds into something and not throw it away . . . We’ll be better from this loss and maybe it’s the start of a rivalry.”
Even in victory, it was clear that the Jaguars were not happy with their performance. After the game, head coach Charlene Murphy spoke with her players and coaching staff in the locker room for 20 minutes.
“We’re extremely talented, but we didn’t play as a team. As a team, we didn’t complete the goals we established,” Murphy said. “At the end of the day, we came out flat. There was very little fire in their eyes. If we continue like this, we will get wins here and there but we will not reach our potential.”
International is clearly the favorite in their first year in the BCL West, but the Jaguars are not resting on their laurels.
“They shouldn’t crown us right now,” Murphy said. “We don’t own this league. We have a goal to win this league, but after our performance tonight if we keep that up it won’t happen.”
Shayna Mehta – 32
Natalie Kelly – 24
Danielle Palmer – 12
Emilia Omerberg – 2
Jasmine Sorrells – 2
CJ Catina – 16
Charlotte Blanc – 16
Adi Martin-Ruben – 10
Bonnie Barillas – 10
Kira Waldman – 6