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Prep girls basketball: Cardinals’ test proves too stiff

Heritage League rival starts fast and blows out girls

Posted: January 20, 2011 10:29 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2011 4:55 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita Christian girls basketball knew it had a challenging task ahead of it.

That didn't mean it expected Milken Community to shoot the lights out and run away with a 70-21 victory Thursday at SCCS.

"We were expecting to at least compete, maybe not win, but at least compete with them," said SCCS point guard Taylor Cubas.

Like most of the Cardinals' Heritage League opponents, Milken is ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division VA.

Milken is No. 12, while SCCS ranks No. 9 in Division VIAA.

The Wildcats (13-4, 3-0) left little doubt after sinking their first five shots to earn an 11-0 advantage just inside the 6:00 mark of the first quarter.

The Cardinals saw several inbound plays turn into turnovers and Milken baskets as a result of the full-court press.

After a timeout, SCCS (4-9, 1-3) was able to get it as close as 17-10 thanks to 3-pointers by Cubas and fellow guard Katie Eberlein.

Cubas finished with a team-high 10 points and Eberlein had six.

"Playing good teams like this will help us if we do qualify for the playoffs," said SCCS head coach Troy Best, pointing out that the Cardinals would play lower division teams in the postseason.

The Wildcats busted the game wide open by outscoring SCCS 20-2 in the second quarter to open a 41-12 halftime lead.
Milken made efficient passes and patiently waited for open looks.

Forward Shaynee Rosen led Milken with 12 points, and every player on the roster managed to score.

"Every kid scored," said Milken head coach Barbara Iverson. "My nine, 10, 11 and 12 (players) were hitting, and that makes it tough."

The frustrated Cardinals couldn't get the ball inside the paint, so they started heaving threes in the second half.

SCCS finished 5-for-29 from beyond the arc.

"I think we just kind of gave up and didn't know what to do, so we just started shooting," Cubas said.

It wasn't what the Cardinals wanted coming in, but playing against the difficult competition in the Heritage League can only help them learn.

"The coach does a great job with (SCCS), and they were much improved from last year," Iverson said. "I think in a few years, he'll have a pretty good program."

 

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