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Wildcats shoot out Palmdale

Ruiz’s three-point barrage helps West Ranch to 55-18 win

Posted: July 11, 2008 12:32 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2008 5:02 a.m.

West Ranch's Tori Wilson drives for a layup in the Wildcats 55-18 win over Palmdale in the Santa Clarita Summer Shootout at College of the Canyons.

By the time West Ranch's opponent scored its first points in the Santa Clarita Summer Girls Basketball Shootout Thursday, Erin Ruiz had already sunk a trio of 3-pointers.

A few minutes later, when Ruiz was in double figures after she made two free throws, the Wildcats claimed an 18-2 lead en route to a 55-18 thumping of Palmdale at College of the Canyons.

The Wildcats' full-court pressure defense was suffocating on the first day of the 16th annual Santa Clarita Summer Shootout.

"We work all the time on shooting," Ruiz said. "but defense was the key."

The stifling ‘D' forced the Falcons into at least six turnovers, some of which led to points on the other end.

West Ranch led by as much as 42-4, refusing to allow any easy baskets until the game's final five minutes.

"We believe in playing all 90 feet on the court," West Ranch head coach Ron Manalastas said. "Our defense was huge for us. We try to space everyone out, dribble-drive in the lane, and have our players find our three-point shooters."

The Shootout continues at COC today with the Wildcats facing Valencia at 6 p.m.

The Vikings defeated Quartz Hill of Lancaster, 38-25 in a later contest on Thursday.

The Vikings, a tall team featuring a 6-foot center, two 5-10 forwards and three 5-7 players, used their Run N' Gun transition game to get open looks and easy layups.

After Quartz Hill hung tough, trailing 14-7, Valencia took off.

Lindsey Hill had the majority of the points and assists, while Lauren Spargo and Starla Wright grabbed the lion's share of rebounds.

"We like to get out in transition and get a quick shot," said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike, in his 10th season as skipper. "We did a good job of that."

The tournament was a fundraiser for the College of the Canyons, and according to COC women's basketball head coach Greg Herrick, it is expected to raise approximately $2,000.

"We started it with the intention of getting our name out in the community," Herrick said. "We go as far north as Bakersfield and as far south as Palos Verdes. Some of the better teams in this area play here.

At the same time, the players get acclimated to our facilities."

Hart lost to Burroughs 33-26. Bre Fitzpatrick led the Indians in scoring.

The cost of Shootout admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and students with IDs.

Children 12 and under are free.


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