On Jan. 27, the San Diego Jewish Academy Lions girls and boys basketball teams traveled north to play the Escondido Adventist Academy Hawks in a pair of Citrus West League games. The SDJA Lady Lions (11-2, 3-1) defeated the EAA Lady Hawks (7-11, 1-3) by a score of 44-38, while the EAA Boys (9-9,4-0) defeated the SDJA Boys (10-4, 1-3) by a score of 65-43.
Both contests were won in the third quarter. The Lady Lions jumped out to a 13-6 first quarter lead, as SDJA's center, Alexa Katz did damage down low scoring 9 of her team's 13 points. In the second quarter the Lady Hawks started to chip away SDJA's lead, including a beautiful backdoor cut lay-up by Sarah Peterson that resulted in an old fashioned three-point play (lay-up plus foul shot), to cut the lead to 15-13. Halftime was 20-17 Lady Lions.
The third quarter saw the SDJA Lady Lions tight full-court girl-to-girl defense, that caused turnovers, plus the Lady hawks couldn't buy a basket. A rare shutout occurred as EAA was held scoreless missing all their field goal attempts and 0-4 from the charity stripe. SDJA scored 19 points fueled by Aliya Luther's 9 points and Alexa Katz's 6 points.
SDJA's Head Coach Christine Rohane used all her players as EAA made a valiant effort to climb out of the big hole, but it was too much. Lady Hawks' Rebecca Jones made the Adventists' fans excited as she drained 4- three-pointers, closing the gap to 43-36, but SDJA prevailed 44-38.
Leading the way for the Lady Lions was Alexa Katz (who EAA had no answer for) with a game high 22 points and 10 rebounds, Aliya Luther 13 points, and Aliza Grossman 5 points.
For the EAA Lady Hawks Rebecca Jones 18 points, and Sarah Peterson 10 points.
The SDJA Lady Lions were wearing black patches on their uniforms with the initials "MB" in honor and memory of SDJA senior Matthew Beaver, who died last week of bone cancer.
"The senior girls came to me and asked if the team could wear the patches," Coach Rohane said. "All of the teams will be wearing the patches," said SDJA Athletic Director Charlie Wund.
EAA jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back. the home fans were treated to a trey(three-pointer)at the buzzer by Juan Hidalgo putting them up 23-9 after one quarter. SDJA closed the gap in the second quarter to 16-25, but a 6-0 Hawks run made it 31-20 at the half.
Just like the girls game, the third quarter was the difference maker. EAA turned up the defensive heat and outscored SDJA 23-7, capped off Tae Ho Kim's lay-up at the buzzer giving the Hawks a commanding 54-27 lead going into the final quarter.
SDJA went on a 14-2 run in the middle of the fourth quarter closing it to 56-41, but it was too late, as the Lions energy was sapped trying to play catch-up the whole game. Final 65-43.
Leading the way for SDJA: Andrew Retzer and Jacob Katz (Alexa's younger brother) both with 15 points each, and Stan Kaplun with 8 points.
For EAA: Game high Jeremy Perez 16 points, Victor Toledano 13 points, Tyler Velez 10 points and Michael Hawkey 7 points.