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Brea's rally falls short in Ladycat semifinals

OCVARSITY.COM

The Brea Olinda girls basketball team trailed by 20 points to Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills in a semifinal game of the Ladycat Classic on Thursday night at Brea Olinda.

The Ladycats mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback but fell just short.

The Trojans hung on for a 66-64 victory. The loss snapped a 31-game winning streak going back to last December.

Oak Ridge will play Summit of Fontana for the championship Saturday at 8 p.m. The Ladycats will play for third place vs. Hanford at 6:15.

Brea Olinda (2-1) defeated Hanford, 73-40, in the CIF Division II quarterfinals last season.

Brea Olinda was playing without All-County forward Justine Hartman, who is out for the season, and Jeanier Olukemi, who also is injured.

“We would have been lucky to win against one of the top teams in Northern California, playing without our two best players,” Ladycats coach Jeff Sink said.

Stanford-bound Sara James scored 22 and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Trojans (3-0). Teammate Carly Bettencourt scored 17.

Alexis Perry with 20 points and Keitra Wallace with 13 led Brea.

The score was tied at 11 after the first quarter before the Trojans went on a 17-9 run in the second, followed by a 23-16 run in the third.

In other girls basketball:

Fullerton 45, Godinez 38:
Dominique Richardson scored 11 points and grabbed 12 steals to pace the Indians past the Grizzlies in the Vernie Ford Tip-Off Classic at Fullerton.

Fullerton (2-0) trailed by two after the first quarter but outscored Godinez by 10 in the second, taking a 29-21 lead into halftime. Godinez's Bridgitte Madrigal put in a game-high 18 points, knocking down five 3-pointers.

Katella 49, Esperanza 47: Jolene Rankin hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining, erasing a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and giving the Knights 48-47 advantage, their first lead of the game. Katella's (1-1) Chanel Benson was the game's high scorer with 15 points.


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