Lady Pilots Basketball Team Declaws Cougars


The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team pushed its overall record to 12-4 on the season after a 54-49 over Capital Christian on Jan. 14.

The non-conference tilt was played at the Cougars’ home court in Sacramento. The Pilots used a 14-4 third-quarter disparity to take control of the contest. The Pilots showed some defensive effectiveness because they trailed 23-18 at halftime. The Cougars outscored the Pilots 13-11 in the first quarter and 20-17 in the second quarter.

The teams both scored 12 points in the final period. The four points SJND allowed to Capital Christian was the second lowest point total the Cougars scored in a quarter all season (15 games). The lowest came in a three-point quarter against Folsom. 

The Pilots had two players score in double figures. Freshman Sophie Nilsson scored 16 points on five-of-10 shooting from the field. She shot three-of-eight from the three-point line and made all three of her free throws. She added six rebounds and a blocked shot.

Another freshman Malia Mastora posted 12 points on four-of-11 shooting. Mastora added nine rebounds and four blocked shots. She led the team in both categories. 

One need only look at the free throw disparity to see the key to the game. The Pilots made 11 of 14 from the free-throw line for 79 percent. The Cougars, however, went six of 12 from the free-throw line for just 50 percent. The five-point disparity also matched the disparity of the final score.

The Cougars also had two players score in double figures, and both players were seniors. Senior Cierra McClain scored 10 points on four-of-nine shooting from the field. Her teammate Alexa Ray scored 11 point and went four of seven from the field. 

The Pilots will now resume league play in the Bay Counties East League where they are now 2-0. They will take on league rival College Prep of Oakland today on the road.