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SCCS girls basketball: Outnumbered

SCCS girls come out on the short end of the stick

Posted: February 4, 2010 10:56 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Kaitlyn Preheim (5) dribbles down the court as Milken's Whitney Ghodsian defends on Thursday at Santa Clarita Christian.

Entering the season with a new coach and low player turnout, Santa Clarita Christian head girls basketball coach Troy Best said the Cardinals almost didn’t have a team.

However, that hasn’t stopped them from laying the groundwork for teams to come.

But outnumbered 14-7 by Milken Community High School of Los Angeles on Thursday, SCCS couldn’t stop the Wildcats’ ball movement, post play and depth, falling 57-25 at Santa Clarita Christina School.

“We are in a complete rebuilding year,” Best said. “As you can see, we are a little low on bodies. (The girls) play really hard. They don’t give up. They have a great attitude and want to be coached.”

The Cardinals (0-11, 0-8) got 10 points from Kaitlyn Preheim, six points apiece from Carolann Scott and Jenna Dennis and a 3-pointer from Katie Eberlein.

It’s been the little steps that has Best optimistic for the future.

On Thursday, the goal was to get 25 points against a team that only allowed them to score 13 in their first meeting on Jan. 19.

With the last shot of the game, Dennis drained a shot for SCCS’ 25th point.

But it was Milken (18-3, 7-1) that came out quickly, building a 15-4 lead going into the second quarter, primarily with points in the paint.

Wildcat head coach Barbara Iversen said an injury to Hakim earlier in the season forced her team to work on its passing and inside play.

It was evident on Friday.

The Cardinals saw more of the same after halftime, as Wildcat Talia Myers pounded the low post and Kimberly Hakim began to hit from outside, building a 33-7 Milken lead.

“I was really happy with the way we played,” Iversen said. “They distributed the ball, everyone got touches and we looked to finish.”

But late in the second half, SCCS began to build momentum.

Heading into the fourth quarter down 48-13 thanks to a pair of baskets from Dennis and a layup from Preheim, SCCS recorded its best play of the game.

“We really do keeping working,” Preheim said. “The best thing about this team is that we never give up.”

Scott cut the lead to 52-19 after draining three straight shots.

“Every game, we really do better in the second half,” Scott said.

Preheim added back-to-back lay-ups in transition before Dennis’ final shot of the game.

“The future looks bright for us,” Best said.



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