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Wildcats Let 'Cats In, then Take Them Out

Posted: February 7, 2008 4:13 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2008 2:02 a.m.

Brooke Lemar of Canyon, left, dribbles down the court as Lacie Jacobsen (21) of West Ranch keeps pace in a 49-44 Cowboys win on Wednesday.

Amanda Reyes said the Canyon girls basketball team knew all along they would win.

But make no mistake about it, the Cowboys survived a scare by West Ranch, a team that hadn't won a Foothill League contest coming into Wednesday.
Canyon scored just two baskets from the floor in the final frame but defeated the Wildcats 49-44 at West Ranch High.
Brooke Lemar scored a team-high 17 points for Canyon.
The Cowboys (14-12, 5-4) ran out to a 12-1 lead in the first quarter and the frame ended in a 14-5 Canyon advantage.
A free throw by the Cowboy Amber Evans with 5:44 to go in the second quarter extended her team's lead to 21-7.
That's when West Ranch (11-14, 0-9) started its slow and methodical climb back into the game.
"I think our defense looked tired," Reyes. "We weren't pressuring like we should have been."
Erin Ruiz heated up for West Ranch, scoring nine points in the frame's final 4:51. Her second 3-pointer of the quarter cut the Wildcats' deficit to five points. She finished with a team-high 16 points.
Canyon ended the half with a 26-18 lead.
After three quarters, Canyon was up 39-36, but the Wildcats opened up the final quarter with a 3-pointer from Cindy Yako which tied the game. West Ranch knotted it again at 41 on a jumper by Tori Wilson.
Wilson's layup with 3:45 to go gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 43-41.
It didn't last long, as Ariel Hale answered with a basket and Reyes put Canyon up for good at 45-43 with a layup.
Reyes finished with just four points, but had a huge block on a fast break play after Wilson stole the ball near midcourt with 6:02 left.
"I was just thinking, she might be ahead of me, she might think she has a layup, but that ball is mine," Reyes said.
For Wildcats head coach Ron Manalastas, he was happy to see such a performance after losing to the Cowboys by 23 the first time around.
"We gave ourselves a chance to win," he said. "I'm proud of their effort."
The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 25, but storms caused leak in the Wildcats' gym, which forced the game to be postponed until Wednesday.


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