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Saugus is still perfect

Saugus improves to 5-0 in league play

Posted: January 27, 2009 9:14 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2009 4:59 a.m.
 
Saugus brought a perfect Foothill League mark to winless Hart Tuesday, but for most of the game the Centurions and Indians girls basketball teams looked dead even.

Hart (0-20, 0-5) held the lead as late as two minutes into the fourth quarter before Saugus (12-9, 5-0) proved to be too hard to contain, and the Centurions pulled out a 57-47 win.

“We started really playing defense in the second half,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton. “We’re gonna win games with our defense so when we stepped it up tonight that’s when we were able to get a lead.”

The game was back-and-forth through the first half as Hart’s Mariah Glasshoff and Saugus’ Nicole Hicks carried their teams at the offensive end. Glasshoff went into the break with 12 points, while Hicks had 13.

“Our fight out there was what I was proudest of,” said Hart head coach Zach Koebel. “We made a lot of aggressive plays, and that’s what will keep our team in games. We’re looking for a way to win five more possessions because it seems like we’re always just 10 points away from a win.”

Hart entered the third quarter with a 30-28 lead, but the Indians were whistled for shooting fouls on Saugus’ first four possessions of the second half. Still, the Centurions couldn’t capitalize, making just one of eight attempts from the stripe.

Saugus’ struggles at the line allowed the Indians to stay close, and Hart took a 43-41 lead with just over six minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

“They’re a good team, and we have to take them seriously,” Eaton said. “I was impressed with how they played tonight, and you can tell their coaching staff is working hard to help this team improve.”

The 43-41 lead would be Hart’s last. Saugus answered with a 12-0 run, sparked by two threes from Amanda Scholl and a pair of buckets from Hicks, who finished the game with 27 points. Glasshoff ended up notching 18.

The Cents, who have made it through the first half of Foothill League play with an unblemished record, were also aided by 14 rebounds from Gabby Conn.

“We can’t get overconfident,” Eaton said. “If we keep playing as a team we’ll be tough to beat.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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