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Mustangs take the reins ahead of Falcons in close matchup

Emma McFerron
Freshman Reece Patton dribbles the ball away from San Marin players.

On Friday, Jan. 19, the Falcons girls varsity basketball team laced up to play against the San Marin Mustangs. AWHS came off of a big victory against the Terra Linda Trojans but were unable to pull out the win against the Mustangs.

Senior Allegra Di Carpenga shoots a free throw during the second half. (Maddie Alsterlind)

In the first quarter, the Mustangs took the lead early and scored eight points, while the Falcons struggled to make a shot past San Marin’s defense. After a brief timeout, Archie Williams began to break down the Mustang defense, tying the game. Both teams battled defensively and kept the score tied 8-8. 

The second quarter started off with both teams staying neck-and-neck. Senior forward Annabelle Freed led the offense for the Falcons in the first half, putting up six points. The Mustangs furthered their lead to make the score 16-21 at the end of the half.

“I think we fought to the end and our pressure was up, but San Marin is a good team and it just didn’t come out how we wanted it to be,” said senior forward Allegra DiCarpegna.

Senior Gia Debok and Junior Paloma Russ pressure a San Marin player and try to steal the pass. (Maddie Alsterlind)

After the halftime break, Archie Williams came back into the second half with Allegra knocking down a three pointer within the first two minutes. The Falcons began to close the gap and took the lead after Allegra scored a buzzer-beating lay-up. However, the trouble for Archie Williams soon began as they kept fouling, allowing the Mustangs to take the lead off of free throws. The third quarter ended with the Mustangs ahead at 25-29.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons struggled with rebounding, which allowed the Mustangs to extend their lead by ten points at 30-40. Sophomore forward Lila Peterson scored four points to help close the gap between scores. Archie Williams’ final efforts weren’t enough to beat the Mustangs with the score finishing at 34-43.

“I think we need to improve our rebounding and do a better job of getting the balls off of the backboards. If we did it probably would have turned out a bit differently,” said assistant coach KC Vlah.

The Falcons play their next game at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 against the Novato Hornets at Archie Williams. They hope to bounce back from this game and add another win to their record for their season.

“Although San Marin put a lot of pressure on us, I think we played really tough, but I’d like to see a different result,” Vlah said. 

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