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CIF basketball: Not a good night overall

Dawe sets career record but Norco runs past Saugus

Posted: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Megan Dawe did just enough to become Saugus High’s all-time career scoring leader in girls basketball on Wednesday.

Otherwise, it was a difficult night for the senior, who played her final game in a Saugus uniform as her team lost 58-38 to Norco in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA playoffs at Norco High School.

Dawe scored an uncharacteristic eight points against a Norco defense built around stopping her, but in the process she passed up Gabrielle Conn on the school’s all-time scoring list.

In the end, Dawe finishes with 1,275 points, ahead of Conn’s 1,270.

Earlier in the season, she also broke the school record for single-season scoring, ending up with 570 points.

On Wednesday though, it was a tough night for both her and Saugus (19-10).

“When we only score 38 points, it’s tough to win games,” said Centurions head coach Kent Eaton. “They knew that they had to stop Megan and that’s what they did.”

Norco (15-13) had one player matching up on Dawe and another one or two rotating to guard her in the zone to shut down scoring opportunities in the paint.

It left the Centurions with open outside shots, which Jordan Oster took advantage of.

She drained four 3-pointers to lead Saugus with 16 points.

Kayla Hiller also knocked down a pair of 4-pointers to score her six points, but it wasn’t enough to match the firepower of the Cougars.

“They just did a heck of a job driving to the basket and getting easy baskets,” Eaton said.

Shelby Howard led Norco with 22 points and Deanna Johnson followed with 19.

Both took advantage of plenty of trips to the free-throw line, where Norco had 23 attempts compared to Saugus’ 14.

That allowed the Cougars to pull away after holding a narrow 24-19 lead at halftime.

Saugus power forward Kim Smither played a few minutes in the game, her first action since returning from a shoulder injury, but she wasn’t near 100 percent, according to Eaton.

In the end, it all came down to stopping Dawe down low.

“They were bumping her, pushing her, leaning on her and just made life miserable,” Eaton said.

Dawe, Smither, Oster and Hiller are the four seniors who finished their Saugus careers on Wednesday.


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