Costa Mesa girls roll in second half
Danielle Obong had 14 points, and Costa Mesa put Savanna away in the second half as the Mustangs defeated the Rebels, 55-28, in their final game of group play at the Husky Invitational at Fairmont Prep.
Both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm in the first half.
Myriad turnovers provided the majority of the game's offense through two quarters as players left out of position on the counterattack fouled repeatedly to make their opponent earn their points at the line.
Savanna (2-5) led 13-11 after the first quarter, but then the Rebels went cold. The Mustangs (5-3) surrendered just one field-goal in the second quarter and went into the half with a 24-17 advantage.
The Mustangs got hot in the second half, while the Rebels remained without an answer for Costa Mesa's perimeter press. A 14-0 run that began at the midway point of the third quarter put the game out of reach. Obong chipped in seven points to lead the charge.
"She's our best shooter," said Mustangs' coach Nichole Maddox of Obong's leadership as a junior captain. "She's been everything I can ask for."
The Rebels managed just three points in the fourth quarter. Marlene Montero scored with 2:02 remaining in the game, ending an eight-minute scoreless drought for Savanna.
Montero led the Rebels with eight points in the contest.
Also in the Husky Invitational:
St. Margaret's 51, Gabrielino of San Gabriel 36: Yamili Burgos had a game-high 24 points for the Tartans (2-2) in their pool-play victory.
Though it lost, Gabrielino held the tiebreaker and advances to face Fairmont Prep today in the tournament's championship game at 4 p.m.