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Saugus girls basketball claims the Foothill crown

Posted: February 13, 2009 2:14 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2009 4:58 a.m.

Saugus' Nicole Hicks (23), who broke the school's single-season scoring record in the game, slashes to the basket Thursday at Saugus High.

 
Saugus girls basketball needed a little help to earn its second outright Foothill League title in school history, but the Centurions' 50-36 home victory over Hart coupled with Canyon's one-point win against Valencia completed the team's regular season goal.

This also makes it back-to-back titles, as Saugus shared it last season with Hart.

"I don't even know what to say about this," said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton. "I'm very proud of the whole group. This was a team effort all year."

The Cents struggled out of the gate after an emotional senior night presentation. It took more than five minutes for Saugus to get on the board as Hart (2-24, 2-8) built a nine-point lead.

"We started out playing too much one-on-one on the offensive end," Eaton said. "Once we got into our system, we were able to hit our shots."

The shots started falling rapidly for the Centurions (15-11, 8-2) as Nicole Hicks capped a 26-2 run with a layup that broke the Saugus single-season scoring record of 447 points.

"Nicole has just been outstanding," Eaton said. "She moved the ball so well, and she still wound up with more points than anyone else."

Hicks ended the night with 16, and Briana Fitchpatrick led the Indians with 12.

"It takes time to figure out a season," said Hart head coach Zach Koebel. "We played well for the first six minutes tonight, but then we got away from what we wanted to do."

Saugus was able to stretch its lead to 15 to close the third, and the Cents maintained a double-digit bulge through the fourth for the 14-point win.

Another Centurion record fell during the final frame when Amanda Scholl hit a 3-pointer to set the school record for most treys hit in a season.

"With all the records that our players had the chance to set, it would have been easy for a lot of selfishness to take over. But this team set all personal marks aside to win this championship," Eaton said. "They all stuck together."

For Koebel, even though it's the end of a season that won't feature a playoff experience, he still will look back on the season for its positives.

"I was telling the girls after the game that for me we had two huge highlights," Koebel said. "We had a buzzer-beating win and the opportunity to get together every week for dinner as a team and talk about more than just basketball."

It's far from the end of the basketball line for the Cents though. Saugus will discover its next opponent when the playoff brackets come out Sunday.

"We're excited to get the chance to keep playing," Eaton said. "We've really come together, and this championship is just icing on the cake."


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