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Canyon girls basketball: Out of shots

Canyon girls hoops’ shot at a CIF championship is ended by Edison

Posted: February 24, 2010 10:43 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Edison's McKenzie Clapp (10) dribbles past Canyon's Alia McCoy (23) at Canyon High on Wednesday in the CIF-SS Division IIAA quarterfinals.

Canyon girls basketball did what it needed to Wednesday night at Canyon High.

It stalled Edison star and University of Connecticut recruit Bonnie Samuelson.

The Cowboys forced the Chargers to take tough shots and Canyon kept the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA quarterfinals close.

But Edison of Huntington Beach did something Canyon couldn’t late — make the big shots — and the Cowboys lost 63-48.

“We really couldn’t get things to fall,” said Canyon head coach Chuck Johns. “Sometimes, you don’t shoot well because the other team plays good defense. I think they hit some big shots and we ran out of gas.”

Samuelson scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. She averages 27 points per game.

Samuelson made 7-of-8 free throws in the final frame.

Canyon (22-7) made it a close game midway through the fourth, cutting a 44-34 Edison lead at the beginning of the quarter down to 50-45.

But in the game’s final three minutes, the Cowboys chucked up seven 3-point shots, nailing only one of them.

“They just stopped falling,” said Canyon’s Amber Evans, who scored all seven of her points in the game’s final quarter. “We just tried to get as many shots as possible with the time we had.”

The shots were falling early as the Cowboys jumped out to an early 12-5 lead, carried by point guard Brooke LeMar and teammate Alexus Bryant.

LeMar scored a team-high 18 points in the game, including seven in the third quarter, and Bryant added 13 points in the contest.

But Edison (22-5) went on a 10-0 run after Canyon’s early lead and never looked back.

This was despite Samuelson being held in check early.

She scored just five points in the first half on 1-of-6 shooting.

“Pretty much make every shot she takes a difficult one,” LeMar said of the game plan against the 6-foot-3-inch swingman.

Samuelson’s sister, Karlie, tried to pick up the slack, but didn’t.

She scored 15 points but was 4-of-15 from the floor in the first half and 5-of-24 in the game.

Nonetheless, Edison was more careful with the ball and took better shots.

The Chargers went into halftime with a 27-23 lead and extended it to 44-34 going into the fourth quarter.

Canyon tried to answer and grabbed momentum early in the fourth, after an Evans 3-pointer cut the Edison lead down to 49-41, and LeMar picked up a steal. But the Cowboys went cold from that point on.

In the game’s final five minutes, the Cowboys made just two field goals.

“We’ve got the good shooters,” said Edison head coach Dan Wiley. “The good free-throw shooters. If it came down to free-throw shooting, (I thought) we’d be OK.”

Canyon didn’t make the Division IIAA semifinals, but a quarterfinals appearance and its first Foothill League championship since 1973 is something the Cowboys are satisfied with.

“No doubt,” said LeMar, who is likely to be crowned the league’s Player of the Year.



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