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Conn equals school mark

Senior forward scores 18 points, helps lead Centurions past Grizzlies

Posted: February 7, 2009 2:39 a.m.
Updated: February 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Saugus showed why it controls its own Foothill League destiny Friday by dropping Golden Valley 78-28 in the Grizzlies' gym.

While the Saugus' win was a big one because it kept the Cents in first place, the top story of the night was senior Gabby Conn tying Saugus' career scoring record for girls basketball.

"It's exciting to accomplish something that I set out to do four years ago," Conn said. "This was always kind of a goal of mine so it feels really good to reach it tonight."

Conn scored 18 for the Cents and Nicole Hicks led the way for Saugus with 21. Deeja Plummer paced Golden Valley (5-12, 1-7) with 10.

"I feel like we could have played better tonight," said senior captain Carla Reyes. "We need to find a better way to communicate on both sides of the ball."

Communication was a major issue for the Grizzlies in the first half as Saugus (14-10, 7-1) picked off several passes and filled the Golden Valley passing lanes en route to a 48-8 halftime lead.

"Our team defense was really great tonight," said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton. "On the offensive end we're really sharing the ball well. I was very pleased with our overall effort."

Saugus was able to cruise in the second half, pushing its lead to 44 by the end of the fourth.

"The most frustrating thing for us is that it seems like we don't come out and play as well in the first half," said Golden Valley sophommore Briana Tedrick. "We need to work harder from the opening tip."

Conn worked hard from the opening tip, scoring 10 in the first quarter as Saugus opened up a 16-point lead.

"Gabby played really well tonight," Eaton said. "It's nice to see her tie the record, but she did a lot for us on the defensive end too. It was another great game for her."

Conn will get her chance to stand alone a top the Saugus career scoring list Tuesday when Saugus hosts Canyon. Golden Valley hosts Valencia next.

"These next two are the big ones for us," Eaton said. "If we keep playing like a team then we might have a shot at pulling (the Foothill League championship) out."


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