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December 31, 2008 > Mt. Eden starts hot, finishes cold

Mt. Eden starts hot, finishes cold

By Tony Cogley

The Mt. Eden girls basketball team traveled to Henderson, Nev., to compete in the Lady Wolves Holiday Tournament on from December 20-23. After getting off to a great start, the Monarchs faded during the latter part of the tournament.

Mt. Eden opened up the tournament by beating the host school, Basic High's Lady Wolves, 40-38 during the opening round on Saturday, Dec. 20. The girls were down 28-25 at the end of the third quarter, but were able to rally around one another to pull out a win.

No games were played on Sunday, giving the teams from Nevada, California, Alaska and even Canada a much needed chance to catch up on some rest. With jet lag and tip-offs as early as 8 a.m., many girls were spotted carrying pillows inside the gymnasium along with their gear bags, awaiting any chance to nap between games they could find.

On Monday, Dec. 22, the Monarchs grabbed another win over a Nevada school, the Boulder City Eagles, 38-35. The girls made just nine field goals in the game in their effort to eek out a victory.

Competition began to really heat up as Mt. Eden next took on the Spartans from Southern California's Torrance High South just a few hours later. The Monarchs began to show signs of wear-and-tear from playing back-to-back games on the same afternoon. They fell, 59-35, to Torrance, who would eventually finish second overall.

The girls finished up play on Tuesday, Dec. 23, taking on the Colony High Knights from Colony, Alaska, the winner would take home third place in the tourney. The Lady Monarchs gave it their all, but dropped their second in a row, 54-25.

The girls team is now 5-7 overall and will next head to San Lorenzo to take on the Rebels in conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.

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