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Prep basketball: Cents stick to the game plan

Junior forward Dawe leads way in win over Knight

Posted: November 30, 2010 10:13 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Saugus figured out its offensive game plan early on — give the ball to Megan Dawe.

The plan worked early and often as Saugus girls basketball topped Knight of Palmdale 45-34 in Tuesday night’s opening-round game of the Valencia High-Five Classic at Valencia High School.

Dawe scored 29 points on a 13-for-20 shooting performance to lead the team.

“We’re going to have to find somebody else to score,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton. “It can’t just be Megan. She did a fantastic job tonight, but it takes a whole team to get her the ball.”

The Centurions (1-0) were able to find the 6-foot junior power forward open down low with nice ball movement and on-target passing.

Knight (0-1) tried to respond by speeding up the game and trying to get point guard Shyra Cook open from long-range, but the aggressive Saugus defense kept her in check.

Cook finished with a team-high 16 points, but was limited to 6-for-25 from the floor.

The Knighthawks tried to push the ball inside in the second half, but the Centurions were able to pick off passes and create turnovers, which brought the game closer to Saugus’ tempo.

“We’re trying to contain and slow it down so we can run our offense,” Dawe said.

Saugus guards Bayley Mizelle and Jordan Oster are very capable of shooting the 3-ball, Eaton said, but Dawe was the answer on Tuesday.

She scored the first 11 points for Saugus, which led 17-15 by halftime.

The defense clamped down and forced the Knighthawks to take difficult shots and make bad passes.

A 20-point third quarter blew the game open for the Centurions, who led 37-24 headed into the final period.

From there, Knight began to mount a comeback behind its small but speedy lineup.

“I knew Knight was going to be athletic and that concerned me a little bit, but we were able to slow it down and play our game,” Eaton said.

Time simply ran out for the Knighthawks and the comeback fell short.

Saugus moves one game closer to winning its pool in the tournament. It will play again on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Royal of Simi Valley.

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