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Canyon overwhelms Cents

Cowboys’ pressure defense, rebounding prove too much for Saugus to handle

Posted: February 5, 2010 10:44 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Canyon's Mariah Mewborn, center, shots a layup as Saugus' Crystal Makous (32) and Heather Switaj (33) defend on Friday at Canyon. The Cowboys won 65-39.

When the Canyon girls basketball team’s press defense is effective, the Cowboys are tough to beat.

When they’re also rebounding well, forget about it.

Canyon’s press hassled Saugus all evening and the Cowboys built an early lead they would never relinquish in a 65-39 victory Friday at Canyon High School.

“One advantage we have is we’re deep,” said Canyon head coach Chuck Johns. “We have kids who can play and get up and down the floor. We just applied pressure. We know that spurts will come.”

The Cowboys (18-6, 7-1) struggled shooting the ball in the first half, but they were able to snag offensive rebounds and get second-chance points.

Saugus trailed 35-16 at the break.

“We didn’t expect them to be as aggressive on the glass,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton. “We knew we had to rebound to stay in the game. We knew we were going to turn it over a little bit but if we’d rebound then we’d have a chance.”

Canyon guard Brooke LeMar scored 16 points to lead her team, but it took her 16 shots to get them.

“I thought I played well,” LeMar said. “I missed some shots but there’s nothing you can do about that.”

Canyon forward Alia McCoy was particularly active in the first quarter, when she scored all six of her points in the paint. Teammate Adriana Dent scored nine points in the game and battled all afternoon on the glass.

The Cowboys gained extra possessions by forcing turnovers with their press.

Whenever the Centurions (7-18, 2-6) did manage to get the ball past the timeline, they tried to attack Canyon’s 2-3 zone through forward Megan Dawe but struggled to execute on many occasions.

Dawe, only a sophomore, scored 16 points for Saugus.

“Her willingness to battle has gotten to the point where teams are planning around her,” Eaton said.

Canyon’s ball movement got multiple players involved on offense, and eight different Cowboys scored.

By the time the second half began, the two teams basically traded baskets the rest of the way.

“I think we are balanced,” Johns said. “When we move the ball it shows and we’re a better team.”

Saugus guard Kaylynn Martin scored 16 points on 50 percent shooting, and Eaton also credited guard Jordan Oster for her defense Friday.

Amber Evans scored 12 points in support for the Cowboys, and Alexus Bryant added seven.



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