Lady Falcons come up short against Escondido

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The Lady Falcons (2-2) were overpowered 54-46 by Escondido High School (2-0) in the fourth round of the Matador Classic Tournament on Dec. 7 after holding a lead in the first half. The Lady Cougars were finally able to turn the tables on the Falcons in the second half.

“It was a physical game, and they played a good game,” forward and co-captain Sierra Campisano (10) said.

Campisano, shooting guard Christina Ellis (11), forward and co-captain Tierra Eshom (11), center Chiara Spain (9) and point guard Ayli Tulberg (11)began the first quarter against the Cougars in a stalemate, with the lead switching hands back and forth between the two teams until Spain made a shot one minute before the end of the first quarter, putting the Falconsin the lead at 10-8.

The second quarter started off slowly; a free throw by Campisano due to a pushing foul was the only shot made in the first three minutes. Afterward, Campisano made five baskets, putting TPHS in the lead, though the team made many pushing fouls.

“Our team was in foul trouble from the beginning of the game,” Campisano said. “Escondido made their free throws, which added up in the end. We [really] struggled with free throws, myself included, and that contributed to our defeat.”

Even with numerous fouls the Lady Falcons ended the first half with a 29-19 lead.

“We started off strong in the first half, and then in the second half, we began to lose momentum,” Ellis said.

The third quarter started off with a pushing foul from the Cougars, giving Ellis the opportunity to make a free throw. The Lady Falcons continued to pull ahead in the first few minutes of the third quarter, but Escondido soon caught up with the extra points they made at the free throw line.

“[It was a] really tough game on the free throw line,” TPHS assistant coach Julian Ota said. “They made a lot of free throws; we missed a lot of free throws.”

According to Ellis, even though the Lady Falcons switched up their defense in the second half to counter the opposing team, they struggled with tightening their defense and making successful rebounds, which allowed Escondido to come up 36-35 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the TPHS defense struggled with holding Escondido, who was consistently fierce on offense.

“We had to use our fouls to stop the clock in the fourth quarter to give us the chance to come back,” Ellis said.

But, the Falcons could not manage to make a comeback, falling to the Cougars 54-46.

“Torrey does a lot of good things, and I’m just happy we came out on the winning side,” Escondido head coach Paul Baldwin said.

According to Ota, the Lady Falcons will work in practice on grabbing more rebounds in the hope of converting improved skill to their next outing.

“We’re ready to get back and win a lot,” Campisano said.

TPHS’ next game is against Bishops High School on Dec. 11.