By John Baker
DALY CITY – To say the Jewish Community girls basketball team was whole on Sunday afternoon would be an overstatement.
Riddled with aches and pains, one key forward played with a broken bone in her foot and another had an injured wrist, but the Wolves were just healthy enough to have their regular starting five on the floor for the first time in almost a month and used the resulting chemistry to beat rival Kehillah of Palo Alto 40-33 at Westlake Community Center.
The win snapped a three-game Private School Athletic League losing streak for the Wolves.
“This is the first game in weeks we’ve had everyone together,” said Jewish Community senior Neena Carr, who scored a team-high 12 points. “Everyone really came together. It was just a matter of getting back into the rhythm once we were there.”
Not that things went smoothly at the start. Jewish Community (4-7, 4-6) had difficulties early, made just 2-of-14 shots from the floor and committed six turnovers in the first quarter, and trailed 6-4 after the opening frame.
Starting with the second quarter, however, the Wolves began to prevail. After Carr hit her third basket of the game two minutes into the period to tie the score, a layup from Sophia Gluck gave Jewish Community its first lead of the game.
“They are always a little slow off the start, but we’ve had a number of injuries and other personnel stuff going on this season,” said Jewish Community head coach Gretchen Keisel. “Thank God it only took a quarter [to get into shape] this time, because sometimes it takes more than that.”
Kehillah (4-10, 2-8) threatened in the third quarter, led by Heather Fils’ game-high 16 points, mainly off hook shots. Jewish Community kept pace, however, thanks to Carr and Adi Alouf, who tallied six of her 10 points in the frame. Jewish Community led 31-26 at the end of the third.
“Adi has a broken sesamoid – a bone right below the big toe,” Keisel said. “She’s kinda, almost healed, but this game means a lot to them, so she made sure she played.”
The Wolves slowed the pace of the game down in the fourth and held on to win by seven points.
“Chemistry was tremendously important for when our starters returned, to be able to step into their roles fluently,” Keisel said. “To have everybody back, in terms of dynamic, was tremendous.”
Neena Carr – 12
Adi Alouf – 10
Sophia Gluck – 8
Jenny Martinez – 6
Ashley Aucar – 4
Heather Fils – 16
Leah Levine – 10
Eliza Cohen – 5
Sara Cramer – 2