The following article was submitted by parent Teresa Takahama.
The South Pasadena High School girls' varsity basketball team broke the all-time school record for most wins in a season Tuesday by racking up its 20th victory against visiting Blair.
In the historic win, the Tigers showcased their entire 12-player roster to defeat Blair, 58-40, despite early foul trouble for three starters and a 30-point performance by Vikings star forward Kayla Pounds.
Senior guard Amber Partida hit 5 three-point shots to lead the team with 16 points. Senior forward Wen Zeng scored 8, sophomore center Sophia Hathaway 8, sophomore forward Jillian Gleeson 6, sophomore guard Elise Takahama 5, sophomore guard Lexie Scholtz 4, junior guard Caitlin Chan 3, sophomore guard Taryn Kato 3, freshman guard Kristen Kafkaloff 3 and junior forward Chloe Chow 2.
Just after the buzzer sounded to end the game, the team broke out in smiles and hugs. SPHS Athletic Director Mark Zalin took the microphone and congratulated the team on behalf of Principal Janet Anderson and the school.
Coach Tammy Lai shepherded the Tigers to their best season ever in her first year in the top job. “I’m so proud of these girls,” said Lai, a South Pas alumna. “They come out and play hard every day and every night.”
The win boosted the team’s season record to 20-4 and league, 8-1. The Tigers will meet La Canada Thursday in a match that will decide the Rio Hondo League championship. The home game begins at 5:15 p.m.