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Prep girls hoops: The title is in sight

Canyon now one win away from share of league championship

Posted: February 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Canyon's Kali Vittallo, left, shoots over Saugus defender Faye Osburn on Tuesday at Canyon High School.

 

Can Canyon close?

That’s the question set up by the Cowboys girls basketball team’s 63-35 win on Tuesday at Canyon High over the Saugus Centurions.

If Canyon (21-4 overall, 8-1 Foothill League) beats heavy underdog Hart, the worst it could do is a share of the Foothill League title with Valencia — a fourth straight championship for the Cowboys.

“Our goal is to finish strong,” said Canyon sophomore Delaney McCann, who scored eight points on Tuesday. “We are really determined. We want this really bad.”

It showed against Saugus as the Centurions were taken out of the game early.

Canyon was up 19-5 after one quarter and took a 31-10 lead in the second quarter on a Jaya Schultz 3-pointer.

Saugus just couldn’t match up offensively against the Cowboys.

“They made too many baskets. Our defense did a good job, but they just put the ball in the basket,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton.

Canyon was 26-of-56 from the field, while Saugus was 11-of-39.

The Cowboys got 18 points from Kali Vittallo and 15 each from Schultz and Alia McCoy.

Schultz, a senior Pepperdine commit, has come on strong of late, after a slow start in Foothill league play.

Despite the offensive success and the wide-margin of victory, Canyon head coach Chuck Johns was displeased by what he saw as his team’s inability to play consistent assignment defense.

“It sounds greedy, but we have a standard we want to keep up for 32 minutes,” Johns said.

Saugus, meanwhile was led by Faye Osburn with 12 points.

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