SOUTH PASADENA — There were a number of starters missing from the Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team Wednesday, but that was by design.
Falcons Coach Jason Perez made the summer-league meeting with Flintridge Prep an optional 'B-team game and still pulled out a 28-15 victory over a Rebels squad that played its first game under new co-coaches Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Kiyomura-Chan.
"These games are huge for us," said Perez of 'B'-team contests. "They allow kids that are only getting 10 or 12 minutes in regular varsity games to get 20, 25 minutes and they start getting a feel for varsity basketball — that's the importance of these."
It wasn't part of the game plan, but Flintridge Prep was also missing about half its regulars Wednesday at South Pasadena High.
"We've got a lot to build on," Kiyomura said. "The difference for us is we're having to implement our system during the summer, as opposed to other teams building on what they've been doing the whole time. We're going to take every game as a learning experience and we're just going to try to get better every game."