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Girls’ basketball triumphs against Santa Clara 46-26

Aidan Gomez
On Jan. 11, 2024, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls’ basketball team played against Santa Clara High School (Santa Clara) in a league match. The Dragons won with a score of 46-26. In this photo, Petra Falcocchia ’24 (number 23) got fouled and lines up for two free throw attempts.

On Jan. 11, 2024, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls’ basketball team laced up their shoes once more for a battle against Santa Clara High School (Santa Clara). Foothill Tech left with a 46-26 win, the team now on a two-game win streak.

Petra Falcocchia ’24 (number 23), surrounded by her opponents, jumps in the air and secures an offensive rebound, then attempts to go back up for a layup. (Aidan Gomez)

Petra Falcocchia ‘24 got things going for Foothill Tech after winning the tip-off and knocking down a pair of free throws. Santa Clara answered with a layup, but Foothill Tech’s scoring efforts would soon catch fire.

The Dragons extended their early lead with a fast break layup made off a steal by Nisha Reddy ‘24. Falcocchia continued her dominant first quarter with her ability to draw fouls, force turnovers and make second chance layups. Foothill Tech’s scoring efforts pushed their lead 7-2.

Despite making an effort to draw a foul and score a three pointer, Santa Clara’s efforts were no match, as Falcocchia and Reddy continued to score with a layup and a three pointer. Alexa Taylor ‘24 capped off an outstanding first quarter with a free throw which took Foothill Tech’s lead 15-6.

Following their commanding first quarter, Foothill Tech looked to carry their momentum into the second. Olivia Mowad ‘24 spearheaded this mentality as she drained a mid range jump shot followed by another mid range by Reddy to extend the lead 19-8.

Nisha Reddy ’24 (number 33) sprints back onto defense to stop her opponent from driving down the court and making a layup. (Aidan Gomez)

Santa Clara found some footing and were able to gather a few points, however Foothill Tech’s momentum was too much to stop. Kiara Zavala ‘26 and Mowad each scored to close out the second quarter 23-12.

In hopes of putting the game away, Falcocchia came out swinging with a euro-step layup followed by Reddy’s three-point shooting. The team exchanged layups and despite Santa Clara’s efforts, Foothill Tech maintained a solid lead at 36-18 to end the quarter.

Taylor opened the final quarter with a put-back layup, further establishing Foothill Tech’s dominance on rebounds. Santa Clara answered with a three-pointer, but it wasn’t long after as Mowad and Reddy both racked up points from the free throw line to take the score to 41-21. Janae Dixon ‘24 followed with a three-pointer to cap off the teams performance of 46-26.

Coach Chuck Ferris enjoyed watching the team play by explaining, “The team was communicating well and working together well.”

The team looks to extend their winning streak, as they will compete next on Jan. 16, 2024, against Bishop Garcia Diego High School (Bishop Diego).

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Ian Toreja
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    TinoJan 17, 2024 at 12:39 am

    Excellent article, I loved the images too! Girls basketball is literally the best.