Pitman varsity girls basketball is now 3-1 in the Central California Conference after defeating Buhach Colony High at home on Tuesday, 56-38.
“Our defensive pressure was the difference, we put a lot of pressure and got them off rhythm,” said Pitman head coach Dustin Curtiss. “Getting in a rhythm early it sparked everything offensively for us.”
“Since that loss to Golden Valley we have definitely changed things. It was a wake-up call for us since we thought we were doing things right,” said Curtiss.
Since the loss, Pitman has won four straight, including three straight CCC contests. They have also held their last four opponents to 41 points or less.
Kaylin Randhawa topped all Pride scorers with 16 for the night, scoring 10 in the first half.
Mika Jimenez hit a pair of threes in the opening quarter as Pitman built an early 15-5 lead midway through, ending the first up 20-11.
With a nine point lead at the half, Pitman refused to settle and went on a 20-10 run in the third to go up by double-digits after Randhawa notched 6 points.
“I thought going in we had the talent to compete in league, but looking at it now the girls have responded well and hopefully we get things going,” said Curtiss.
Pitman went on to handle the Thunder in the fourth after allowing just 8 points for the quarter.
Olivia Salafia had 10 points and eight players scored 4 or more points for the Pride.
“We want to make all shots contend and just pick up the intensity and getting after it was our biggest change,” Curtiss added.
The next game for Pitman will be at home against Turlock at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
“Everything I have seen from them, they get after it, I am excited to see if we can match the intensity and see the competitiveness. They nearly defeated the league champs, so it will be a challenge but I think we are up for it and it should be good environment,” said Curtiss.