There’s a saying in basketball, which says you can’t win a game in the first quarter, but you can lose it. This is what happened with the Technology High School Women’s Basketball team Friday night. The home team, St. Vincent De Paul, outscored the Titans 20-2 in the first quarter, en route to a 47-28 victory.
Despite being down by 18 points, the Titans continued to battle. They tied St. Vincent in the second quarter 7-7 and then won the fourth quarter 12-8. For a young team like the Titans, it was good to see them continuing to battle and not give up in the face of adversity.
Coach Carlos Vasquez was happy with how his team continued to battle and praised the play of a couple of his girls.
“I told the girls we play for four quarters,” said Vasquez. “We can’t just run up the court, we have to sprint. I said if you girls believe in yourselves, you can do anything because you’re a really good team.”
Three players who Coach Vasquez praised after the game were senior Annie Brassfield, freshman guard Courtney Kroyer and sophomore guard Alysse Bennett. Brassfield has been with Vasquez for three years and he credits her for helping shape the current program and Vasquez also praised Brassfield for how much she has improved over the last three years.
“I’m really proud of Annie, she’s my senior,” Vasquez said. “She’s been with me for three years and has come a long way. She’s the backbone of this defense and has improved 100 percent since last year.”
Regarding his young backcourt, Vasquez says he expects them to be the future of the team and thinks they will be the top guards in the league for the next couple of years.
When examining the Titans roster, it’s easy to see the future this team has. Out of 13 players on the roster, only three of them are seniors. Having a team this young means the freshmen and sophomores will play. Having players like Bennett and Kroyer playing heavy minutes gives them experience for not only the rest of the season, but for the future.
When asked what the key towards improving is, Vasquez mentioned conditioning. He says improved conditioning will allow the girls to run plays better and allow them to play in transition. Vasquez knows there are other teams in the league who play up tempo like St Vincent, so improved conditioning is the biggest key moving forward.
“I truly think the team is coming together,” Vasquez said. “Most of it has to do with a little bit more conditioning. Once that happens they will run plays properly and go up and down the court more efficiently.”
Vasquez said the girls run a certain amount of time before practice and after practice. For example, last week the girls ran 4 minutes before practice and 4 minutes after practice. This week Vasquez is bumping it up to 6 minutes, then the next week 8 minutes. Every week he bumps up the conditioning by two minutes. This way the girls will be able to sprint up and down the court like he wants them too.
After the loss, the Titans are 4-7 on the season and are looking to get back on track against Calistoga with a 4:30 p.m. game Tues. evening. This will be a difficult way to start league play for the Titans as Calistoga is 11-2 for the season.