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Judges Sentence Phoenix to Loss

On Jan. 12, the Phoenix girls basketball team faced the John Handley Judges at the home of the Phoenix. Despite the Phoenix putting up a good fight, the Judges took over, winning the match-up 63-21.
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Shaila Patel
Sophomore Lucy Cho (left) and senior Isabella Lopez (right) fight for the jump ball in the hands of a Judge. “Individually I realized that if I put more emphasis on defense, then I could contribute more to the team,” Lopez said. “As a big and being 5 feet 6 inches, I was getting blocked like crazy by girls who are 6 feet [tall].”

Currently in the midst of one of their best seasons in recent years, the Phoenix girls basketball team went up against a strong opponent, the John Handley Judges, on Friday, Jan. 12. Missing a few key players from their roster due to injuries, such as junior Kalen Walker and freshman Simone Diby, the Phoenix fell short as the Judges took the win 63-21.

At the start of the first quarter, the Phoenix kept up with the high intensity the Judges started out with. After a few three-pointers were made by their opponents; however, the Phoenix stumbled slightly. Keeping the Phoenix in the game as best as she could, freshman point guard Eryn Chemoiwa took charge, consistently driving to the basket and calling out plays to help her teammates get into formation. “Eryn definitely brings a lot to the team,” senior shooting guard and co-captain Cora Bowen said. “She brings the ball up and down the court, she creates plays, and she’s a freshman so she’s going to be here for a while.” Nevertheless, Chemoiwa’s efforts were halted by the Judges dominant offense as the Phoenix ended the quarter down 26-2.

Attempting to stay on pace with their opponents in the second quarter, the Phoenix had several close shooting attempts, as well as additional free throw points from Chemoiwa and co-captain senior center Isabella Lopez to add to their tally. However, the hard-fought battles of the quarter ended with the Phoenix down by a margin of 40-9. As one of the team’s leaders, Lopez took note of what caused the team to fall behind at times. “What doesn’t work for the team is learning plays on the fly,” Lopez said. “We cannot just implement something new in the middle of a game, we need [some] sort of practice with it first.” This unfortunate trend continued for the Phoenix, as they ended the third quarter with a gain of only three points, concluding it behind the Judges 52-11.

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However, motivated to finish strong, the Phoenix refused to go down without making an impact, starting the fourth quarter with a new energy. After another set of free throws from Chemoiwa and some plays in the paint by Lopez and Bowen, the Phoenix put up their most points out of any other quarter of the game, with a gain of 10. While this last-minute run boosted their score, it wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the game, as they ended with the Judges claiming victory 63-21.

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Tanishka Enugu, Editor In Chief
Tanishka Enugu is a senior and this is her fourth year on The Blaze staff! A passionate writer who appreciates the community the newspaper brings, she loves being able to represent the student body through the paper. Tanishka is also a huge history buff who strives to engage in all things related to the subject through her role as president of both the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and the Academic Team here at the Rock. Formerly the sports section editor, she is also a four year member of the track and field team, and loves to watch and discuss all things hockey. Similar to some of her favorite pieces to write, she enjoys indulging in pop culture, good books, and even better TV shows during her free time.
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Shaila Patel is a senior in her second year on the newspaper staff, fueled by her strong sense of curiosity. Since a young age, Patel has been aiding people close to her. Whether it be through PEER or through daily actions, she is passionate about helping strangers, close friends, and family who are struggling in any way, but especially with any mental health concerns. Caring is a big part of who she is. Patel is also an avid dancer. She believes that dance is a form of art, especially the Indian classical dance she practices, Bharatanatyam. Patel sees it as a useful tool for many to convey stories, culture, who people are, and more. 
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Azciel Goodhart is a sophomore and this is their first year on staff. In their free time, they enjoy swimming, knitting, and crocheting. They found their love for crocheting in 5th grade when they wanted to create a baby blanket for their teacher. Goodhart participates in the crew and swim team at Rock Ridge, as well as the philosophy club. They also hope to continue their love for chorus through Rockapella. One piece of advice that they carry with them is “one more.” They began to hear it in swim and crew, and they use it day to day to help motivate them to keep pushing.

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