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Girls Hoops: Short-Handed Hawks Fall to Justin-Siena

Tam's injury-plagued squad gets 17 points from Jenna May and 12 from Hallie Brauner, but it's not enough to hold off the Braves in MCAL action.

TUESDAY'S SCORE: Justin-Siena 50, 47.

TAM'S RECORD: 3-3 in MCAL, 10-7 overall.

GAME SUMMARY: The Tam High girls basketball team's Marin County Athletic League battle with Justin-Siena Tuesday night was a classic case of whether the glass was half-full or half-empty.

On one hand, both teams came into the game 3-2 in MCAL play, and it was a winnable game Tam really wanted.

But on the other hand, the Hawks were missing three key players -- , Liz Archer and -- and their leading scorer, , is recovering from a sprained ankle.

After falling behind by double digits in the first half, the Hawks cut the deficit in half midway through the game and then took the lead briefly in the third quarter.

But in the end, despite 17 points by May and 12 by , Tam just didn't have quite enough offense to keep up.

The Hawks have five freshmen playing on the varsity.

REACTION: "I felt good about the game tonight," Tam coach said. "It's actually a game we could have stolen. ... If we see Justin-Siena in the playoffs, we'll be pretty confident. Our goal is to steal a couple of games here and there (during this spate of injuries) and then we'll be tougher in the second half as we get more experience."

Evans was heartened by the performances of two players. May, he said, "looked a lot stronger and quicker than she's looked." And freshman point guard Olivia Heights played more minutes than usual and handled the ball well, Evans said.

UP NEXT: Friday at Drake, 6 p.m.

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