Vista girls play hard, compete in loss to Sac High, 67-48

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Following a Capital Athletic League opening 50-40 win over Rio Americano last Friday, Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ basketball team lost to Sac High on Monday, 67-48.

Coach Marty Benjamin was happy to beat the Raiders, but it was the loss to Sacramento (3-0 in league, 10-6 overall) that impressed him. Vista (1-1, 13-5) held its own against the Dragons after falling behind 21-1 in the first 4:31 of the game.

“We were nervous and playing too fast and without confidence early and fell behind,” Benjamin said. “From down 21-1, we outscored an elite team by one point, 47-46. I couldn’t be more thrilled. We showed great resilience tonight. We could have folded and got blown out and I wouldn’t have been surprised, but the girls calmed down and let their success build confidence and competed the rest of the game. I’m as pleased with this as I am with any win this season.”

Vista scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to cut Sacramento’s 25-point lead to 14. The Eagles played with poise, and the shots were falling. Even early on when the Dragons were taking it to them, the Eagles knew what they had to do with the ball, but couldn’t keep up athletically. Once they got more used to the speed of the game and calmed down, they played much better.

Ceonna Pipion had a nice game for the Eagles, scoring 17. Lindsey Moody scored eight, while Mia Perez and Sofia Lendahl added six each. Despite her youth, Lendahl, a freshman, looked less bothered by the speed of the game as anyone outside of Pipion.

Vista hopes to carry the moment of the loss against Sac High to its home game Tuesday against Del Campo (1-1, 5-12) before playing host to Christian Brothers (1-0, 9-4) on Friday.