Brea Olinda can't be stopped by No. 10 Foothill
SANTA ANA - No. 4 Brea Olinda dominated every facet of its 57-34 Century League girls basketball victory over No. 10 Foothill on Friday night at Foothill High.
The Ladycats (13-3, 5-0) got balanced scoring from their starting lineup, showed the ability to hit from the outside – making six 3-pointers – and were able to convert on drives to the basket and draw fouls. The Ladycats scored 15 of their points from the free-throw line.
On defense, Brea Olinda stayed glued to the ball and forced the Knights (13-6, 3-2) to score nearly every point from outside the paint.
Shaylissa Jarret, Anna Kim and Tori Bryant scored 12, 10 and nine, respectively, to lead Brea Olinda.
Without a true superstar, Brea Olinda coach Kim Cram-Torres said a balanced attack is critical to the Ladycats' success.
"That is the only way we are going to have success," she said. "And the kids are embracing that more every day."
The Ladycats, who are in a first-place tie with Canyon, have won 11 in a row and are a vastly improved team since opening the season by losing three of five games in their own tournament.
"December was important for us because we told our kids we just have to get better," Cram-Torres said. "We talked about not dwelling on where we are and (told them) we have to move forward, and they've adjusted."
The Knights opened the contest with a pair of 3-pointers from Hailey James to take a 6-1 lead.
The Ladycats responded with a 13-point run, and the Knights didn't score again in the quarter.
The third quarter was nearly identical to the first, with Foothill getting an early basket but managing only a pair of three throws through the rest of the quarter.
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