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Grizzlies struggle in own tournament

Posted: December 7, 2010 10:40 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2010 10:40 p.m.

Golden Valley’s Teresa Ohaya (24) dribbles the ball around Gardena’s Brittni Jackson at Golden Valley High on Tuesday during the Cool Hoops Winter Tournament.


Golden Valley girls basketball started to figure out how to slow down the quick Gardena offense.

Unfortunately that wasn’t until the third quarter when the deficit was insurmountable.

Big scoring runs in the first and fourth quarters proved to be Golden Valley’s demise in a 78-44 defeat against Gardena Tuesday in the second round of the Golden Valley Cool Hoops Winter Tournament.

When Gardena sprinted to a 25-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Grizzlies tried to slow things down and play tougher man-to-man defense.

By the third quarter, that defense started disrupting the Panthers and letting the Grizzlies creep back into the game.

“They’re a physical team and I told them basically we need to come out and match their physicality,” said Golden Valley head coach Marq Hawkins.

Late in the third, Golden Valley (2-2) put together a 9-2 run aided by three consecutive Gardena turnovers.

Sophomore guard Caitlyn Zindroski’s 11-point quarter accounted for a big part of the Grizzlies’ run. She scored all of her team-leading points in a perfect 4-for-4 shooting stretch in the period.

“We don’t put ourselves down and we don’t give up,” Zindroski said.

The Grizzlies got as close as 46-37 with just over two minutes left in the third, but could only hold down Gardena’s array of scorers for so long.

The Panthers (4-0) immediately answered back with a 10-0 run of their own, which jump started a 28-7 runaway fourth quarter.

Gardena wing Latanya Drakes scored a game-high 28 points, but three of her teammates also got into double-digit scoring.
“We sit down and we defend,” said Gardena head coach Raymond Garnett. “As long as we play unselfish basketball and we’re sharing ball, we’ll do just fine.”

For Golden Valley, forward Teresa Ohaya also had 11 points on the day.

It was the Grizzlies’ defense however, which led to Gardena’s success.

“It’s all the help defense,” Hawkins said. “It’s not just guarding your man, you’ve got to guard a man and a half.”

Gardena had a lot of fast players though, and a lot of players who were beating Golden Valley defenders one-on-one.

“They had a lot of sneaky passes,” Zindroski said. “We weren’t down there when they were down there.”

Golden Valley plays in the third round of the tournament today at 3 p.m. against Cleveland of Reseda.


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