El Dorado turns defensive to beat Marina


PLACENTIA - The El Dorado girls basketball team played strong defense and capitalized on turnovers to beat visiting Marina, 61-40, in a nonleague game Tuesday.

The Golden Hawks didn't get off to a good start. Sloppy play and turnovers were the theme of the first quarter. There were 11 fouls called in the quarter, and El Dorado had three turnovers in its first three possessions.

After the first quarter, the Golden Hawks (4-1) tightened up their defense. They were able to hold the Vikings (2-1) to five points in the second and five in the third.

Sophomore guard Brooke Salas had five steals that resulted in layups, and she finished with a game-high 21 points. Senior forward Jaylin Jones added three more steals and put up 19 points.

“Brook is only a sophomore, and she’s getting a lot better as she goes along,” El Dorado  coach Wayne Carlson said. “She does some really good things for us.”

With a 52-22 lead going into the fourth quarter, El Dorado let up on their defense, but it was still able hang on for the victory.

“We work very hard on the defensive end of our game,” Carlson said. “Holding them to those 10 points shows we’re rebounding the ball pretty well. We got a lot of second shot opportunities and that’s important.”

The Golden Hawks are trying to improve upon last season when they finished sixth in the Century League and went 12-16 overall.

"We need everyone to play well to compete in our league,” Carlson said. “Our league is awfully tough with Brea, Foothill, Canyon and Villa Park. We just have to be more efficient offensively and play harder defense.

"I think we can be very good, but we have a long way to go”

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