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Foothill basketball: West Ranch’s game changer

Big defensive game by Wildcats’ Green leads way

Posted: January 9, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 9, 2013 1:55 a.m.
 

Yes, it’s very much a team game, but one player can really turn things around in a basketball game.

For West Ranch, it was the defensive clinic put on by senior post player Hannah Green.

For Hart, it was the absence of sophomore captain Breze Kimble.

Because of both, the Wildcats girls basketball team ran through the Indians 53-27 on Tuesday at Hart High in both teams’ Foothill League opener.

Green scored just six points in the game, but blocked eight shots and made the Indians’ lives difficult in the paint.

“When she gets her motor going, it’s tough to score in the middle,” said West Ranch head coach Randy Smith.

Hart (5-10 overall, 0-1 Foothill League) hit just 10-of-56 shots in the game (18 percent).

The Indians had no offensive rhythm without Kimble, who suffered a mild concussion on Saturday and did not suit up Tuesday.

“Sixteen points, 11 rebounds (we’re missing). It makes it more difficult,” said Hart head coach Terra Palmer. “(But there) was silly stuff not forced.”

Hart turned the ball over 10 times in the first quarter and 23 times in the game.

Yet it took a while before West Ranch (9-6, 1-0) to really take advantage of the miscues.

The Wildcats led 13-7 after one quarter and 23-12 after two.

The third quarter was the difference maker, where the Wildcats outscored the Indians 19-4, a period in which Green blocked five shots and Whitney Branham scored seven of her game-high 18 points.

Branham hit four 3-pointers in the game.

West Ranch received strong games from Melissa Arima, Meilani Calderon and Jasmine Hayes.

Hart was led by the feisty guard combo of Nikki Aganian (eight points) and Julia White (seven points).

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