Brea Olinda's Anna Kim makes a diving attempt to steal the ball from El Dorado's Shelby Unger during Tuesday's game.

Brea Olinda takes control of Century League


Brea Olinda girls basketball coach Kim Cram-Torres wanted her team to wrap up the first half of Century League play in sole possession of first place, but she knew it wouldn't be easy with No. 7 El Dorado standing in the way.

Cram-Torres got what she asked for as the fourth-ranked Ladycats defeated the Hawks, 63-52, Tuesday night.

Junior guard Arin Perry scored 22 points, which included six 3-pointers, to lead the Ladycats.

"I'm happy with our team's performance," Cram-Torres said. "This is the way we wanted to seal the first round of league."

Brea (14-3, 6-0) got off to a slow start against the Golden Hawks (18-2, 5-1), who were also trying to grab sole possession of first place, and the Wildcats trailed, 12-9, at the end of the first quarter.

The Ladycats turned up the pressure in the second period, going on a 10-2 run to help them take a 25-22 lead into halftime.

"Our defense has to lead to our offense," Cram-Torres said. "Whether it's through points or it's through momentum, and we always hope that over time our defense can make the difference."

The Ladycats defense forced 22 turnovers which led to 21 points.

The Ladycats opened a 36-28 lead midway through the third period, but they couldn't shake the upstart Hawks.

Sophomore forward Jaylin Jones scored 10 consecutive points for El Dorado, which pulled within 39-36 late in the third.

Brea's execution looked improved in the fourth quarter, and the 3-pointers continued to fall, helping the Ladycats open a 58-41 lead, their largest of the game, with four minutes to play.

They finished with 13 3-pointers – six from Perry, four from freshman Reili Richardson (12 points), two from Anna Kim (17 points) and one from Jamee Katsuyama.

Jones finished with 18 points.

In other games:

In the Golden West League:

Segerstrom 74, Orange 52: Kayla Stephens finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and four steals to lead the visiting Jaguars (16-3, 3-0) over the Panthers (5-9, 1-2). Natalie Perales added 21 points.

In the Pacific Coast League:

No. 6 Woodbridge 50, Beckman 40: Wendy Shiga scored 14 points, and Kelli Robinson and Sarah Lipton added 10 points each as the visiting Warriors (17-2, 3-0) got past the Patriots (10-8, 2-1).

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