Lady T-Birds look for first win
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
The Highline women's basket- ball team have opened the season 0-2 and are looking for their first victory tonight.
"We're just focusing on get- ting better right now. Wins real- ly don't matter until January. It is always nice to win, but we just want to focus on improving and perfecting our system," said As- sistant Coach Dani Carlman.
The Lady Thunderbirds began the season with a heart-break- ing loss against Skagit Valley at home on Friday, Nov. 16 with a final score of 65-62 in overtime.
Guard-forward Jazmina Lafit- aga led the way for the 'Birds with 16 points (5-8 from the field, 3-6 from the three-point line).
Forward Sharon Ajayi was the only other lady Bird in dou- ble digits, chipping in with 11 points (4-5 from the field).
"It wasn't supposed to go into overtime. We could have se- cured the win, but we gave away our lead, which resulted in go- ing into overtime and we ended up with a loss," freshman guard Braenna Estabillo said. Carlman said that they could
have done a better job on the glass.
"We didn't rebound well against Skagit and that caught up to us in the end. They played hard all game long and we were really proud of them," Carlman said.
Following the loss to Skagit Valley, Highline fell yet again, this time to Peninsula, 69-59 on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Peninsula.
Sophomore guard-forward Jazmina Lafitaga paced High- line in scoring, finishing with 15 points (5-12 from the field, 2-4 from the three-point line, and 3-9 from the free-throw line) and 3 rebounds.
Not only did she carry the load for the Lady 'Birds on of- fense, she was also a menace on defense, finishing with 5 steals.
The Lady Thunderbirds fin- ished 12-28 from the free-throw
line (42.9 percent) and that con- tributed to the team's loss.
"We have been spending some time on free throws, but not bringing too much attention to it. I think it was an off-night for us in that regard. We have been shooting free throws pret- ty well in practice. But our free throws definitely played a huge role in losing that game," Carl- man said.
The Highline women's bas ketball team plays next against Shoreline at home on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. then against Mt. Hood on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at home as well.
The NWAC Crossover Tourna- ment (at Highline) begins for the Lady T-Birds on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. against Edmonds, followed by a match-up against Chemeketa the very next day at 2 p.m.
To cap off the tournament, the Lady Birds play Yakima Val- ley on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
The Lower Columbia Tour- nament begins and concludes for the Lady T-Birds on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. against Yakima Valley. The Highline women's basketball team begins 2019 play- ing Olympic on Friday, Jan. 4 in Bremerton at 5 p.m. They play the very next day against Whatcom in Bellingham at 2 p.m.
League play begins against South Puget Sound on Wednes- day, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at South Puget Sound. They go into bat- tle against the Tacoma Titans on Saturday, Jan. 12 at noon at home followed by a match-up against Grays Harbor on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in Aberdeen.