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PAUL RODRIGUEZ, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Canyon's Jackie Landry, right, ties up Allison Chun of Capistrano Valley as she tried to put the ball up for a basket in the Santa Ana Elks Tournament at Segerstrom High on Tuesday.

Canyon rebuilding, keeps on winning

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Girls basketball roundup.

Canyon coach Matt Dale was expecting to be going through a rebuilding season this year, but he has been pleasantly surprised by his team's success early on in the 2012-13 campaign.

Tyler Prange had 12 points and four assists and Lindsay Uyematsu had 12 points to lift the Comanches (5-1) to a 53-27 victory over Capistrano Valley (2-4) in pool play at the 12th Santa Ana Elks Classic on Tuesday at Segerstrom High.

"We're in development right now," said Dale, who led the Comanches to the CIF-SS Division 2AA quarterfinals last season and to the Division 2A title in 2011. "We got a lot of growing to do a lot of getting better to do, but to be honest with you I've been pleasantly surprised at how good we started the season.

"I like us. Like I said, I'm pleasantly surprised. I didn't think we'd be playing as well as we've been playing this early in the year. They (Prange and Uyematsu) are studs. They knew coming into the season that a lot of the burden to score and defend and just do everything for us is on them. They have not disappointed in the least. They've been really good."

Canyon has been without senior forward Sheraton Jones, who had surgery for a torn ACL in August. Jones has been a powerful presence in the post for the Comanches the past two seasons.

"We'll see when she's healthy," Dale said. "She may be back in January. She may not be back at all. We'll see how it goes. She had surgery on her ACL in August. She gets tested in January and we'll see if it's strong enough for her to play again. We're hoping because she makes a world of difference for us."

The Santa Ana Elks Classic features No. 6 Canyon, No. 7 Woodbridge, No. 10 Laguna Hills and Foothill, which was in the county's preseason top 10.

"To be honest with you, I haven't seen a whole lot of people play," Dale said. "I mean, I've heard a lot of good things about Laguna Hills. We're supposed to play them on Dec. 22 (in the OC North vs. South Challenge at Dana Hills High) anyways, so to play them twice in less than two weeks is not ideal, but we're going to play against whoever is there.

"I'm sure a lot of people felt we'd get blown out by JSerra, and I was very happy with how tough we played. We're not avoiding anybody. In Century League basketball, you can't get used to avoiding people. We're going to the So Cal Holiday Prep Classic in San Diego. That's a really good one too. We try to schedule a preseason that helps us get better."

Canyon plays Trabuco Hills in pool play on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Segerstrom High.

In another Santa Ana Elks Classic game:

El Toro 28, Los Amigos 22: Taylor Smith scored eight poinst and Jenna Sergeant had seven points as the Chargers (3-5) edged the Lobos (1-4) in a pool-play game.

In the Hawk Holiday Classic:

Pacifica 47, Santa Ana Valley 39: Ruby Rivera's 10 points helped propel the Mariners (5-1) past the Falcons (3-2) in a first-round game at Ocean View High.

In the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic:

El Dorado 66, Rosemead 38: Brooke Salas scored 18 points and Shelby Unger had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Golden Hawks (7-1) defeated the Panthers (4-1) at El Dorado High.

Contact the writer: carias@ocregister.com


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