After winning 14 straight to open the season and lead the Japan Basketball League and Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools, the Yokota Panthers girls team lost 54-42 on Saturday to the Seisen International Phoenix.

Despite the loss, Yokota has its best record after 15 games since the 1988-89 season, when the Panthers won their first Far East Tournament title. The Panthers last won the crown in 1991 and last appeared on center court in 1995.

Pacific girls scoring record survives another threat

The Pacific girls basketball game scoring record of 41 points remains, but it was threatened again on Saturday.

Senior guard Brieanna Carroll of Pusan scored a career-high 38 points in the Panthers’ 80-4 thrashing of Korea Kent Foreign.

Senior swingman Ka’leen Mathieu of Kubasaki, who netted 40 points in a game on Jan. 21, scored 37 in a losing cause Saturday as the Dragons lost 88-83 to the Futenma Red Brave.

Kadena junior Elizabeth Cotto scored 34 points as the Panthers rallied past Urasoe Shogyo 65-62.

Yevonne Sears of Robert D. Edgren set the record during the 2000 Class AA Tournament.

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