San Benito's Taylor Fabing, shown in January, is back on this year's team as well.

After losing two of its players to injuries, the San Benito girls basketball team took third place at the Alisal Winter Jam Tournament over the weekend.

The Balers (4-4) went 2-1 and finished the weekend with a 53-31 victory over King City on Saturday. In the tournament, San Benito finished with a different top scorer in each game.

“There were a lot of positives for us,” head coach Mitch Burley said. “We did struggle with the new assignments. Hopefully, that will settle down.”

After opening the tournament with a 60-22 win over Aptos on Thursday, the Balers couldn’t come back to Salinas and lost 38-37. In the game, San Benito lost starter Cassandra Barraza to injury.

With less than two minutes left in the game, San Benito trailed 38-30. Behind Elizabeth Reikowski (eight points) and Taylor Fabing (eight points), San Benito scored the game’s last seven points. At the buzzer San Benito missed a half-court shot to win the game.

“We had a chance but we should have played better the rest of the game,” Burley said.

In the third-place game against King City, the Balers’ defense limited the Mustangs’ opportunities. King City never scored more than nine points in a quarter. Meanwhile, the Balers’ Denise Martinez and Desirae Canela led San Benito’s offense with 11 points each.

The Balers season continues 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they host Soquel in Hollister.

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