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Prep basketball: Rest becomes rust

Cardinals end long layoff with loss to Frazier Mountain

Posted: January 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian’s Larue Nixon (10) shoots as Frazier Mountain’s Julien Deveroux at Santa Clarita Christian school on Thursday.

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Maybe it was the fact that Santa Clarita Christian School ran into a team that has its number.

Or maybe it was SCCS’s tired legs coming off the holiday season.

No matter the cause, it just wasn’t the Cardinals’ night as Frazier Mountain High of Lebec pulled away in the second half to win 53-39 on Thursday at SCCS.

Senior Chris Fechtelkotter offered his own explanation for the loss, chalking it up to a few too many holiday treats.

“The cheesecake and everything, it’s there,” Fechtelkotter said. “We’ve got to get back and run that all out.”

It was the first game for the Cardinals (2-7) since Dec. 16, and it was the second of the season against Frazier Mountain.

The Falcons (6-4) also beat SCCS last time 40-32 on Dec. 2.

This time around, it was a tight game for most of the first half, but Frazier Mountain started finding open shooters all around the court and started building on what was a 23-21 lead at the half.

“I just kept telling them to be patient, dish the ball and find openings,” said Falcons head coach Fernando Nieto.

The Cardinals shot 27 percent in the game and never found much of a rhythm in the second half.

As SCCS fell further behind, it tried to pick up the tempo, but the result was more missed shots and a few more turnovers.

“We got out of what we were doing because we got down,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley. “We started forcing things.”

Fechtelkotter led the team with 14 points and point guard Larue Nixon ended up with 10, but it was otherwise a tough night for both players.

Nixon struggled to consistently get the ball in the basket and Fechtelkotter had to come out of the game late in the third quarter when he picked up his fourth foul.

He fouled out in the final minute of the game.

“We got tired out there,” Fechtelkotter said. “I know personally from what I know about this team, that’s what happened.”

In the first half, it was a back-and-forth affair with the Cardinals building a lead as big as 12-6 late in the first quarter.

The first half saw five lead changes, the last one coming on a 3-pointer by Falcons senior Shane Ryan in the final seconds of the first half, giving his team the slight advantage.

Ryan led all scorers with 17 points and his teammate Andrew Penner, who hit a three of his own at the third quarter buzzer, ended up with 12 points.

“The guys are working,” Mosley said of his team. “We’ve got a lot of guys playing varsity for the first time, so we’ve just got to take it one practice, one game at a time.”

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