Basketball Girls Near .500 After Pair of Tourney Wins

The South Pasadena High girls varsity basketball team is getting close to .500 after wins at the latest tournament on Monday and Wednesday.

The Tigers, now 7-8, started the season at the Arcadia Tournament, where they went 2-2 after wins to Whittier and Barstow and losses to host Arcadia and Yucaipa. They beat Whittier 50-44 on Nov. 18 and beat Barstow 55-42 on Nov. 19, while they lost to Arcadia 54-41 on Nov. 21 and lost to Yucaipa 55-24 on Nov. 23.

South Pasadena then traveled to Mark Keppel High for the Keppel Tournament, where the Tigers went 1-3 after a 54-32 loss to Leuzinger on Nov. 25, a 42-37 win against Van Nuys on Nov. 27, a 43-34 loss to El Rancho on Nov. 29 and a 38-36 loss to Covina.

The Tigers traveled to Polytechnic in Pasadena on Dec. 3 to play Poly and lost 40-34.

South Pas remained busy and traveled to Norwalk High for the Norwalk Varsity Classic where they went 2-2 after a 44-36 win against Fountain Valley on Dec. 4, a 44-27 loss against South High on Dec. 5, a 44-35 win against Bell Gardens on Dec. 6, and a 49-38 loss against Inglewood High on Dec. 7.

Head coach Cody Masden said his team came out and played aggressive games in the Norwalk tournament.

“Fountain Valley was a good confidence-builder for us, and we were able to go out and execute the basketball we wanted to play,” he said. “Against Bell Gardens, we came out really good and showed we wanted to win the game. We were able to do all of the right things.”

They are rounding out the year with the Arroyo Tournament and went 2-0 so far after a 42-39 win against Victor Valley on Monday and a 50-32 win against host Arroyo on Wednesday.

“This was a good tournament for us. Hopefully these last two games will build confidence,” he said.

The Tigers were to play Colony on Thursday at 7 p.m., then play either South Torrance or Ayala on Saturday to finish up the Arroyo Tournament.

“South Torrance is pretty much the same team as us — just really disciplined and really aggressive. Not too much height, but they play like they are 6 feet tall,” Masden said. “Ayala is a bigger team — we have to focus on rebounding and boxing out. We want to take it inside, be aggressive and not settle for outside shots.”

After the tournament, the girls will get some rest before the first game of league play on Jan. 8, when they travel to Blair. They have to wait until Jan. 10 to play their first home game of the season, against La Cañada.