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PAUL RODRIGUEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
El Dorado's Shelby Unger, left, is double-teamed by two Canyon players including Jackie Landry (15) under the the basket during Friday's game.
See more photos from this game in the OCVarsity Hot Shots slideshow.

Canyon wins ugly vs. El Dorado

OCVARSITY.COM

Canyon's girls basketball team was coming off a frustrating four-point loss to No. 10 Foothill on Tuesday heading into its Century League game against No. 7 El Dorado on Friday night at Canyon High.

It wasn't pretty, but the Comanches' 36-30 victory over the Golden Hawks was just what they needed.

"We'll take it any way," Canyon coach Matt Dale said. "We were disappointed with the loss to Foothill. That was game that was actually very similar to this game. You know, both teams scoring in the 30s. We just came out on the wrong end of it. Lindsay (Uyematsu) scored zero for the first time in her whole career. That's just not going to happen too many times."


SLIDESHOW: OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday's basketball games


Tyler Prange scored 16 points, and Uyematsu bounced back with 14 points to help Canyon avenge one of its league losses. Both girls each drained a pair of 3-pointers.

"We just kept playing hard, and we didn't give up," said Uyematsu, who was celebrating her 18th birthday. "We wanted revenge on them because they beat us in the first game in league. After losing to Foothill, we just wanted to go out and pick up that win. Next week we play Brea, so hopefully we keep up the effort and keep going hard."

The Comanches struggled to find any rhythm on offense, but their defense kept them in the game. The Golden Hawks had a 16-15 lead at halftime.

"I thought we defended great tonight," Dale said. "As ugly as it was offensively sometimes, I'm thrilled with how we defended."

Uyematsu sank two free throws late in the third quarter after a technical on El Dorado's bench. That gave Canyon a 22-21 lead that it would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

Uyematsu hit a jumper and Prange found Julia Tims for an easy basket to give the Comanches a 34-28 lead with 1:15 remaining to seal El Dorado's fate.

El Dorado (18-3, 5-2) dropped its second game this week. The Golden Hawks lost to first-place Brea Olinda, 63-52, on Tuesday. Canyon (14-7, 4-3) plays at Brea Olinda on Tuesday.

"We came into league thinking we had a chance to win league and then we go 3-3 (in the first round), and you start to wonder, you know, that's kind of done," Dale said. "But that doesn't mean we can't go 6-0 in the second half (of league play). That doesn't mean we can't beat El Dorado or Brea or every other team in league if we play well. So it was a really nice job by the girls to get us back on track."

In other Century League games:

No. 10 Foothill 53, Esperanza 40: Hailey James scored 16 points, and Erica Mercado chipped in with 11 points to lead the visiting Knights (15-6, 5-2) past the Aztecs (4-15, 0-7).

In the Pacific Coast League:

No. 6 Woodbridge 76, Irvine 46: Sarah Lipton scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers, and Kelli Robinson made five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to help the Warriors (18-2, 4-0) beat the visiting Vaqueros (11-8, 2-2).

University 62, Corona del Mar 34: Dana Bossenmeyer knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lift the Trojans (12-8, 2-2) over the visiting Sea Kings (7-12, 0-4).

In the Freeway League:

La Habra 59, Buena Park 15: Allyson O'Brien and Amy Wilbourn scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, as the Highlanders (14-6, 3-2) rolled past the visiting Coyotes (1-13, 0-5).

Sonora 58, Sunny Hills 42: Kylie Rodriguez scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Margo Campos scored 18 points as the visiting Raiders (16-5, 4-1) knocked off the Lancers (11-10, 2-3).

In the Express League:

Orangewood Academy 47, Avalon 18: Elaine Rivero's 14 points paced the Spartans (17-3, 4-1) in a victory over the visiting Pilots (4-12, 1-3).

In the Olympic League:

Whittier Christian 40, Valley Christian of Cerritos 20: Sydney Lopez's 16 points, nine rebounds and five steals helped the visiting Heralds (9-10, 2-1) defeat the Crusaders (1-19, 0-4).

Contact the writer: carias@ocregister.com


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