Salottolo-led Orange Lutheran wins easily
Orange Lutheran and Redondo Union of Redondo Beach are two of the top girls basketball contenders in the CIF-SS Division 2A, and most coaches wouldn't want to meet up with a division opponent in a tournament.
But the two teams hooked up in the quarterfinals of the Larry Doyle O.C. Championships on Thursday night at Edison High.
The Lancers' balanced approach proved to be too much for the Sea Hawks as Orange Lutheran won, 50-34, to advance to the semifinals.
The Lancers, ranked No.1 in Division 2A, got contributions from throughout their lineup, but Jessica Salottolo's three 3-pointers in the second quarter broke open a close game and gave them a 30-16 lead at halftime.
Salottolo knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. Sydney Jacobs had 12 points and five rebounds, Abbey Goodsell had eight points and seven rebounds and Jami Hahn had seven points, 12 rebounds and four assists to lead Orange Lutheran (13-0).
"She (Salottolo) hit a couple of shots for us that helped us extend that lead," Orange Lutheran coach Tom Howard said. "You know, we've been really spreading the wealth a lot. ... It's been great for us to not just have to rely on one player."
In another Larry Doyle O.C. Championships game:
Laguna Hills 67, Torrance 48: Taylor Messick scored 21 points and hauled in 15 rebounds, Maddy Ziering-Smith had 16 points and Anna Mumm had 14 points to lead the Hawks (12-2) past the Tartars (4-4) in a quarterfinal at Marina High.
In the So Cal Holiday Prep Classic:
Canyon 59, Rancho Buena Vista of Vista 33: Tyler Prange had 16 points and five assists and Lindsay Uyematsu scored 13 points as the Comanches (8-5) defeated the Longhorns (9-5) in a pool-play game at West Hills High of Santee.
In the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout:
Science Hill of Johnson City, Tenn. 40, Troy 33: The Warriors (9-2) got into foul trouble early and the Hilltoppers (13-1) hit their free throws down the stretch to pull out the quarterfinal victory at Barron Collier High of Naples, Fla. Freshman Barbara Sitanggan led Troy with 12 points. Science Hill is ranked No. 17 in the nation by ESPN.
- CARLOS ARIAS, OCVarsity.com
In the Garden Grove Tournament:
Westminster 60, Kennedy 32: Senior center Maggie Dumphy dominated early, but was in quick foul trouble. That was no problem for Westminster, though, as they defeated the Fighting Irish in a quarterfinal match up.
Dumphy, who had a game high 17 points, scored the first 6 points for the Lions (11-1), but the Fighting Irish (7-5) fought back and led 7-6 half way through the first quarter. The rest of the quarter was dominated by the Lions, who went on a 14-0 run to close the quarter and after the first it was 20-7.
After the Irish made one of two to begin the second quarter, the Lions went on another run, taking the lead to 35-8. The run was keyed by great defense and getting open shots on offense. The Irish were forced into tough shots, late in the shot clock, and found themselves pushing the ball in transition.
In the third, Dumphy was able to come back into the game and scored eight in the quarter, and showed off the range with a long two-point jump shot. The Lions defense was impressive in limiting the Irish to long three's which came up short most of the night.
Both teams used their benches in the fourth quarter as the outcome was decided; the Lions led 47-20 entering the fourth.
- ELLIOT COOK, For OCVarsity.com