Whitney open against strong CAL competition

Lady ‘Cats fall to El Camino, Rio Americano
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Whitney High girls basketball team open Capital Athletic League play against, perhaps, the leagues strongest teams, El Camino and Rio Americano, last week. Against the Eagles, the Wildcats found themselves down by 10 going into the second quarter; as the game progressed, the ‘Cats struggled with frequent turnovers. By halftime Whitney was down 43-18. However, in the third period the maroon-and-gold picked up the pace to match El Camino 18-18. But, the Wildcats went cold in the fourth quarter as the Eagles cruised to a 79-39 win. “We need to get better at passing and passing under pressure. We also need more patience on offense,” Whitney head coach Andy Carter said. Rio Americano _ In a home game against the Raiders last week the Wildcats performed better. Whitney battled, but fell 42-31 against 3-0 Rio Americano. “It was a game we could have won. We lost in the second quarter 17-3. Other than that we played evenly,” Carter said. Still, Carter did not feel the team played well and needs more work on both their offensive and defensive skills. Of the team’s 31 points scored in this game, senior Alex Rodriguez had 16 of them. Kristin Ladas was the other high scorer with eight. Leading in rebounds was junior Benit Meyer; she had seven. Rodriguez followed closely with five boards. The Wildcats were scheduled to play Cordova Jan. 25, and will host 2-1 Antelope, Friday. “We hope to win both games, because then we will have a chance to get to .500 in league,” Carter said.