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ROD VEAL, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Tesoro's Aubrey Cowart, left, tries to get the ball away from Dana Hills' Meg Larocca during a matchup Thursday at Dana Hills.

Tesoro dominates first-place Dana Hills

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

DANA POINT - Things can change quickly in the Sea View League.

Just ask the Dana Hills girls basketball team, which entered Thursday looking poised to run away with the league title. That is, until Tesoro stopped by and dominated from start to finish, winning 43-26 at Dana Hills.

In the third meeting between the schools, the Dolphins (12-10, 4-1) must have known the Titans (11-12, 4-2) would be a challenge. The Titans won the first meeting by four an in early season tournament, and the Dolphins won the first league contest by two.

"They got us by two last time, and we were really excited to play them tonight," Titans coach Jim Arneson said. "We just hope someone can trip them up the rest of the way in league and give us a shot at the title."

The Titans began the game in a run-and-jump trap-style press, which forced the Dolphins to make multiple turnovers early, and helped Tesoro take the lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Titans then began to use a 2-3 zone and frequently went to a man defense in the middle of a possession.

"We really wanted to switch things up on the defensive end and try to confuse them the whole game," Arneson said.

The Titans only allowed eight points in the second half, and the turnovers they forced allowed point guard Priya Prasad (12 points, five assists) to get out in transition.

Junior guard Lea Wodach finished with a game-high 15 points and had 17 rebounds.

Emily Jaimerena had nine points for the Dolphins.

ELLIOT COOK

For the Register

In the Orange Coast League:

Laguna Beach 43, Estancia 37: The Breakers (16-3, 4-2) rallied in the fourth quarter behind Jane Wallin to earn their first victory over the visiting Eagles (14-7, 5-1) in nearly three years.

Laguna Beach had lost seven in a row to Estancia, and its last victory over its league rival had been on Feb. 5, 2009.

"I don't really worry about the streaks," Breakers coach Mark Lewis said. "What it (the victory) meant is Estancia was 5-0 and at the top of our league, and that's really what I was focused on. I'm focused on the here and now, and that was an important win for our program for this season."

Wallin, who scored nine of her 14 points in the final quarter, sparked a 15-3 run that gave Laguna Beach a 41-32 lead. Wallin added five rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Estancia, which had beaten Laguna Beach, 60-55, on Jan. 10, took a 21-20 lead into halftime after Celia Duran drained a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Duran scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half. She fouled out with 3:25 left.

GREG WOODSON

For the Register


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