By Eli LOCKE
It is common practice among high school sports teams to have an alumni game once a year. On Wednesday, Nov. 24, the Crescenta Valley High School girl’s basketball team played a game against some of their best alumni, among them CVHS counselor and former Lady Falcons basketball great Sarah Hagman-Rosas who attended Cal State Northridge on a basketball scholarship prior to becoming a school counselor.
An alumni game is a fun way for student athletes, current and past, to compare their abilities in a friendly, yet competitive environment and this year’s event was no exception.
The game started off with the Lady Falcons looking very strong in contrast to their alumni counterparts, leading 18-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Falcons continued to dominate the game throughout the second quarter, leading 33-17 at the end of the half, with most of the alumni’s points coming from penalty shots.
In the second half, the alumni seemed much more in tune with the game, as their play improved drastically, scoring 11 points to the Falcon’s five.
The game truly heated up in the fourth quarter, though, as several fouls by the Lady Falcons helped the alumni close the gap further. The two teams battled for the lead and in the final seconds the Falcons held a one point lead over their former greats. The final score was not 47-46 in favor of the Lady Falcons, however.
A last-second penalty awarded the alumni a free throw that tied the game.
Immediately after, another penalty helped the alumni take a 49-47 lead with just one second left. When the clock expired, it was clear that nothing beats experience, as the Lady Falcons discovered at the hands of some of their own former standouts.