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Ruidera pushes Brea Olinda past Orange Lutheran
Brea Olinda coach Kim Cram-Torres was all over senior guard Jasmine Ruidera to start launching some 3-pointers in the second half against Orange Lutheran in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA girls basketball playoffs on Wednesday night at Orange Lutheran High.
Ruidera responded with three 3-pointers, including two in the final three minutes, to help the fifth-seeded Ladycats (22-5) pull away for a 57-50 victory over the feisty Lancers (16-12).
"That's kind of what Rudy does," Cram-Torres said. "You know, she knocks down big shots. We were on her pretty hard in the first half. Those three she hit there shut me up."
The second half was a battle as neither team could get more than a three-point advantage for much of the time. The lead changed multiple times. Keitra Wallace got a steal, fed to Ruidera on the right wing and Ruidera knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Ladycats a 52-46 edge with 2:56 remaining.
Ruidera followed that up with a 3-pointer to give the Ladycats a 55-46 lead with 1:13 left. Brea Olinda was able to hold on for the victory.
"I'm in there to hit some 3s and, you know what, I was open, so I called for the ball and I hit them," Ruidera said.
Abbey Goodsell knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers to give Orange Lutheran an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter.
Wallace, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds, scored 16 of her points in the first half to help the Ladycats tie Orange Lutheran, 30-30. at the half.
Taylor Spears scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half and Anna Kim had nine points and five assists for Brea Olinda.
Jesse Spittel had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Goodsell finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Lancers.
Brea Olinda will be home against Edison in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
In other Division 1AA second-round games:
In Division 1AA:
Mater Dei 74, Chaparral of Temecula 41: UCLA-bound Nirra Fields tied Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' school record with 41 points to go along with six reboundsw and six steals as the second-seeded Monarchs (25-3) defeated the Pumas (19-9).
Troy 48, Canyon Springs of Moreno Valley 47: Alecia Dimas scored 23 points and Gabriella Hanson had 16 points to help the sixth-seeded Warriors (19-7) defeat the 11th-seeded Cougars (20-8).
In Division 1A second-round games:
El Toro 68, Paloma Valley of Menifee 46: Alyson Doherty and Whitney Williams scored 23 points apiece to propel the second-seeded Chargers (25-2) past the 15th-seeded Wildcats (18-11).
Huntington Beach 80, A.B. Miller of Fontana 52: Kelsey Minato scored 30 points, including five 3-pointers, Maya Kennedy had 17 points and Paola Roa had 11 points to lift the third-seeded Oilers (23-4) over the visiting Rebels (16-11).
In Division 2AA second-round games:
Canyon 72, Royal of Simi Valley 55: All five starters scored in double gifures, led by Sheraton Jones' 18 points, as the fourth-seeded Comanches (21-7) knocked off the 13th-seeded Highlanders (17-12).
In a Division 2A second-round game:
Foothill 58, Serrano of Phelan 40: Molly Greubel had 15 points, Taylor Hirz had 11 points and Hailey James had 10 points as the top-seeded Knights (23-5) dispatched the 16th-seeded Diamondbacks (20-7).
In Division 6 quarterfinals:
Orangewood Academy 54, North County Christian of Atascadero 52: Jareni Nunez scored 31 points, including six 3-pointers, and Raquel Spencer added 23 points as the top-seeded Spartans (23-4) beat the ninth-seeded Crusaders (15-3) to earn their third trip to the semifinals in the past four seasons.
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