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Villa Park's Brittany Sepeda and El Dorado's Brooke Salas battle for a loose ball in the first half Friday.

El Dorado ends 8-year drought against Villa Park

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA – For more than eight years, the El Dorado girls basketball team did not get to celebrate a victory over Century League foe Villa Park.

The drought is over.

Jaylin Jones scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Brooke Salas added 15 points, five rebounds and four steals to help No. 9 El Dorado race to a 62-25 victory over the shorthanded Spartans on Friday night at El Dorado High.

According to the available records and El Dorado coach Wayne Carlson, the victory was the Golden Hawks' first against the Spartans since the 2004-05 season, a span of 17 games.

"I think we just played really well as a team and that's good," Carlson said. "We're a little better than we were last year, and we're still working on getting better. We're still working on improving."

El Dorado (17-1, 4-0) will take a 15-game winning streak into its league battle with No. 10 Foothill on Tuesday at Foothill High. The Golden Hawks' last loss was against Los Alamitos, 58-47, on Nov. 30.

For Jones, the No. 9 scorer in the county, it was her 16th game scoring in double digits. She shot an efficient 7 of 11 from the floor and scored 11 of her points in the first quarter to help El Dorado jump to a 22-4 lead.

Salas also helped set the pace early for the Golden Hawks, who used a full-court press to fluster the Spartans. Salas had six points and three steals in the opening quarter, including one that led to a 15-foot buzzer beater.

"We depend on our guards and our forwards ... and they did a nice job tonight responding to Villa Park's pressure," Carlson said.

Villa Park (8-7, 2-2), which was without injured starting point guard Amanda Braesch and lost key reserve Shay Saldana to injury, struggled to get anything going on offense and defense. The Spartans tried to press on defense early, but it continuously backfired and led to Golden Hawks fast-break points.

The Spartans were limited to 11-of-56 shooting from the field.

El Dorado led, 34-11, at halftime, but only managed to win the third quarter, 8-4.

The Golden Hawks then opened the fourth with an 11-0 run to put the game away.

El Dorado shot 31 of 52 in the game and made 14 of 18 free throws.


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