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Prep girls hoops: Saugus closes it late

Golden Valley sticks around before Cents pull away

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

The Saugus Centurions girls basketball team may have led for nearly the entire night, but it sure bided its time before closing the door on the visiting Golden Valley Grizzlies.

Saugus held just a six-point lead at halftime before opening things up late in a 64-49 victory over Golden Valley on Friday night at Saugus High School.

“We’ve been struggling shooting so I was waiting for them to have confidence and go,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton of his team. “And then Golden Valley would come back.”

Saugus (14-13 overall, 5-5 Foothill League) opened up a big lead with a 15-2 run that took the game from a 17-17 tie to a 32-19 Saugus advantage.

But Golden Valley (6-17, 0-10) fought back, pulling within two points midway through the third quarter at 32-30, as Saugus committed five turnovers in the frame.

A big reason for that was the duo of Ashley Oliver and Mariah Madison.

Oliver led the Grizzlies with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Madison added 13 points. Courtney Maduike pulled down eight rebounds for Golden Valley to go along with eight points.

“I was a little scared they would come back and take it from us on our senior night,” said Saugus senior Faye Osburn.

The Centurions answered with another run though, closing out the quarter on a 15-8 stretch from that point on to take a nine-point lead into the final quarter.

“I knew we just needed to run our offense and take good shots,” Eaton said.

Osburn did a lot to squash her own fears, leading the Centurions with 20 points, including five 3-pointers in the contest.

Alexa Ferrante and McKayla Cook each added 10 points and Rachel Eaton had five points and four blocks.

The victory, combined with West Ranch’s loss to Valencia, moves the Centurions into a tie for third place with West Ranch in the Foothill League.

“We wanted to win so we had a chance at finishing third. In our minds that’s an outstanding season. We weren’t expected to finish better than fourth or fifth,” Kent Eaton said.


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