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MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Woodbridge's Sarah Lipton, right, gets fouled by Northwood's Danielle Munson during a game Tuesday night at Northwood High.

Woodbridge wins in rout, stays unbeaten in league

OCVARSITY.COM

The Woodbridge girls basketball team won, 50-32, over Northwood on Tuesday night at Northwood High, picking up its 21st victory and remaining undefeated during Pacific Coast League.

You wouldn't have known any of that, however, from listening to Woodbridge coach Pete Belanto after the game.

"We did absolutely nothing well the whole night except maybe defend for maybe five minutes in the second quarter," Belanto said. "Other than that, I thought it was a terrible performance on our part."

Sarah Lipton and Wendy Shiga each scored 15 points for the Warriors (21-3, 7-0), and Kelli Robinson added 13 points and connected on three 3-pointers.

Northwood's Danielle Munson led all scorers with 17 points, and Kaitlyn Hsu added 11 points and Kaitlin Hara had four.

The Timberwolves (15-8, 1-6) scored the game's first basket, but the Warriors awoke from a slow start and built an eight-point lead by halftime.

"We started doing what we did in the beginning of the season, read-and-react offense instead of calling out set plays," Lipton said about the second-quarter run that helped the Warriors build a 16-point lead.

"The person that stepped it up the most for us was our point guard Emma Shimizu," she added. "She pushed the ball, and when we push the ball is when we're at our best."

Shimizu finished with four points but contributed several passes that led to baskets for her teammates.

The Warriors' biggest lead was 25 points in the fourth quarter.

In other girls basketball games:

In the Trinity League:

No. 1 Mater Dei 70, Santa Margarita 33: Karlie Samuelson scored 31 points and set a school record hitting nine 3-pointers as the visiting Monarchs (22-0, 6-0) defeated the Eagles (6-16, 0-5).

In the Sunset League:

Los Alamitos 63, No. 6 Edison 56: Dani Iwami led Los Alamitos with 20 points and four three-pointers and Elise Laws scored 14 as the Griffins (18-5, 6-1) upset the Chargers. Geena Gomez had 29 points in a losing effort for Edison (15-6, 6-1).

In the Century League:

No. 9 El Dorado 59, Villa Park 37: Brooke Salas scored 17 points and Jaylin Jones added 15 as the Golden Hawks defeated the Spartans (21-3, 8-2).


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