Her team lost its league opener 57-41, yet Mountain View High girls basketball coach Judy Auclair wasn’t discouraged by the way the Spartans played Friday against visiting Wilcox.
“I thought we did a pretty good job tonight,” said Auclair, who expects the Chargers (11-1 overall) to go undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division. “Our girls are feeling really good about this game and what they’ve done. Everyone else is getting beat by 30 points against them. That’s a great compliment to these young ladies – that they stuck with it.”
Wilcox’s superior size bothered the Spartans (7-5 overall) on both ends of the court. Led by imposing 6-foot-4 senior Joesetta Fatuesi, who recently committed to the University of Utah, the Chargers scored several times inside and made Mountain View think twice about venturing into the paint.
“It was tough covering all those tall girls,” Auclair said, “and we were a little afraid of driving in on them.”
The Spartans got off to a sluggish start – down 12-4 midway through the first quarter – but showed signs of life late in the second period. They turned a 26-12 deficit into a nine-point game with 1:48 remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Jayme Hughes scored half of her team-high 10 points during the run.
“Jayme has been sick/tired and made only two practices this week, but she did the best she could,” Auclair said.
Wilcox regained control in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points.
Forward Karen Kauffman broke the streak by making a flip shot on a drive down the middle for Mountain View. The sophomore totaled seven points.
The Chargers countered with a trey by Fatuesi – her second of the night – for a 42-22 advantage with 4:49 left in the period.
Mountain View responded with a 7-0 run highlighted by Hughes’ second 3-pointer of the game.
The Spartans wouldn’t get closer than 14 points the rest of the way and found themselves down 55-34 after Fatuesi scored inside with 4:50 left to play. She finished with 12 points.
Mountain View made 14 of 46 shots from the field Friday.
“Our shots just didn’t fall,” said Auclair, whose squad committed 21 turnovers.
The Chargers turned the ball over 20 times and connected on 22 of 49 shots. They nailed eight treys, three courtesy of guard Caitlin Brown (11 points total).
The Spartans are slated to host Milpitas 6:15 p.m. Friday.
2013 girls basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier