SOUTH PASADENA — For the first time in 2014, the La Cañada High girls’ basketball team suffered a defeat.
The Spartans were riding a nine-game winning streak and had won 12 of the last 14 coming into their Rio Hondo League matchup with South Pasadena, a team they beat by 25 points at home on Jan. 15.
It was the lone setback in league play for the Tigers, who looked to have extra motivation in the second and final regular season meeting between the two squads on Friday evening at South Pasadena High School.
Ultimately, South Pasadena’s must-win situation coupled with La Cañada’s slow start proved to be two major catalysts in the Spartans falling, 66-58.
“It’s their gym and a big game for them,” said Spartans Coach Tamar Hill, whose team is now tied atop the Rio Hondo League standings with South Pasadena at 5-1. “First time around, we beat them by a lot and I was telling one of my coaches that as far as adjustments, there was not a whole lot for us. They had a whole lot more to look at and they took advantage.”