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Prep basketball: Combo power

Dawe and Oster lead Saugus to win

Posted: December 21, 2010 10:42 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus’ Crystal Makous (32) puts up a shot over Camarillo’s Micaela Pericone-Kapp during the first half on Tuesday at Saugus High School. The Centurions won 57-51.

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Saugus girls basketball appears to have found a winning combination on offense.

That combination consisted of guard Jordan Oster and power forward Megan Dawe scoring from all over the court in a 57-51 victory over Camarillo Tuesday night at Saugus High School.

Dawe scored 22 points, Oster poured in 18 and the two combined for 15 fourth-quarter points to lead a late charge to help the Centurions pull away.

“We were working the ball around more, not forcing it,” Dawe said. “When we calm down and just run our offense, we’re a lot better.”

In the first half, Camarillo did what it could to limit Dawe’s scoring in the paint, holding her to 4-of-10 shooting before the break.

“If they shut Megan down, we have to take it outside,” Oster said. “She’s our main scorer inside.”

Oster started hitting shots from outside and the middle opened up for Dawe, giving the Scorpions little chance to stop the duo after that.

“Megan just kept her cool, got her legs under her and started making shots,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton.

The game was in a dead heat for most of the first half, but an 8-2 run by Saugus (4-6) to close the second quarter opened up a 26-19 lead for the home team.

Camarillo (7-3) stayed in the game with its full-court defense, which forced turnovers and led to easy baskets.

But the Centurions took care of the ball when they needed to most.

“Our biggest cue was taking care of the ball tonight, and I think we did a lot better job of that than we have in the past,” Eaton said.

The Scorpions managed to cut Saugus’ lead to 49-48 with 3:25 left in the game when guard Micaela Pericone-Kapp sunk a 3-pointer.

On the ensuing possession, Oster drained a mid-range shot, which she converted into a three-point play with an ensuing free throw.

“If coach gives me the confidence to shoot, I’ll take it,” Oster said.

After that, the Centurions went back inside to Dawe, who went 4-for-4 in the final quarter and iced the game with both rebounding and scoring.

“We didn’t bring the effort tonight,” said Camarillo head coach Michaeltore Smith. “We’re not the kind of team that can give half effort and expect to win.”

It also didn’t help that the Scorpions benched starting guards Geralynn Leaupepe and Geraldynn Leaupepe in the first half for disciplinary reasons.

Geraldynn finished as the team’s second-leading scorer with 10 points, which followed Pericone-Kapp’s 20.

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