Lady Hoops Dominates League

Jaden Perez, Sports Editor

As the varsity girls basketball team drives further into the season, their record only continues to get better.

The team of 11 is led by senior and four year varsity player Elizabeth Moulton.

Moulton motivates her fellow teammates with competitive drive and constructive criticism both on and off the court.

When she plays, Moulton poses both an offensive and defensive threat to the opposition on the wings, especially with her three-point shooting.

Moulton is also a varsity soccer player in the spring.

The team had a preseason record of 14-3. As they deepen their way into league play their league record remains strong at 19-3.

Their first league game was against rival school El Camino.

The key away game for the Raiders drew possibly their largest crowd of the season.

The Lady Raiders fought their way into overtime.

They ended as victors, with the final score of 64-63.

The rivalry game was historic due to the record-breaking performances by two of the Lady Raiders’ star players.

Moulton hit six three point shots in the game against El Camino, setting the new single game school record.

This sharpshooting performance helped her maintain her team-leading 15.8 points per game.

Senior Samantha Riel’s blocks against El Camino contributed to her season total.

She broke the school record for most blocked shots in a season during the league game against Whitney.

With each and every game, she extends her run into the record books.

The second game against El Camino was nowhere near as close as the teams’ first meeting.

Rio won 47-31 to improve their league record to 6-0.

Moulton tied her own record of six threes to lead the Raiders past the Eagles.

Junior Daisy Wilson, Rio’s other guard, added eight points in front of the huge home crowd.

Wilson and Moulton form one of the most athletic back courts in the Sacramento area and average a combined 26.4 points per game.

With the team projected to make their way to playoffs, the women drive toward success.

“We are so excited for playoffs,” Riel said. “Beating El Camino in our first league game gave us great momentum for the rest of our season.”

The players aim for the playoffs with the encouragement and push of their coach.

“We are doing well in league which I’m hoping will put us in a good seed and will give the girls a playoff game at their home,” varsity coach Jeff Hart said.

The women’s final league game against Antelope will take place on Feb. 11 and playoffs are set to start soon afterward.

With the women’s skill and experience, the varsity team strives to continue their winning streak.

They are looking to finish league in first place and undefeated and to make a deep run into the postseason.

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