Freshmen basketball takes a close loss to Mills


Lucy Gibbs

Frshman Ava Bruckner Kocknel helps block a shot in the fourth quarter.

Lucy Gibbs, Staff Writer

Although Carlmont’s freshmen girls started strong, this intensely close game eventually went the other way despite the Scots best efforts.

The two teams met on Feb. 11 and played an aggressive, tight game. No team lead by more than five points throughout the entire game. With the final score at 28-24 for Mills.

“We could have done better, but our teamwork was there. There is always next year,” said freshman Erica Mendiola.

The Scots and Vikings have faced off earlier this year with the Scots ending victorious.

“Coming into the game I wanted to win really badly, and I knew that we could, It was just really hard,” said Chloe Palarca-Wong.

As the season comes to an end in the next couple of weeks, both team’s desire to win was visible in their play and court-side energy.

“I felt like we were going to take home the win. I felt like the energy was there, it just wasn’t enough,” said Mendiola.

Both teams displayed extreme energy and aggressiveness on the court. This was shown in the half time score 13-12, with the Scots leading by one free throw that was made at the end of the second quarter just over a minute before the buzzer sounded.

To the start of the third quarter, the Vikings came out shooting and began to build a lead. Eventually, they lead the Scots 21-26 with a minute and thirty seconds on the clock in the third quarter.

The Scots kept fighting all the way through the fourth quarter but couldn’t quite mount a comeback to bring them the win. Despite an impressive defensive performance in the final minutes by freshmen Ava Bruckner Kocknel, as well as all of her teammates.

“I feel like we could have won but we played the best we could. And we are having fun so that’s good,” said  Palarca-Wong.

Despite the tough loss, the Scots came out of the locker room happy and proud of the fight they had put up against the Vikings.

The Carlmont girls next game will be against Immaculate Conception on Feb. 14. This will be their second to last game of the season.