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JSerra finds new spark in triumph over Rosary
JSerra's girls basketball team has a lot of weapons this season.
Guards Coco Miller and August Touchard have been outstanding and Megan House, a 6-4 sophomore, and Courtney Vaccher, a 6-2 junior, dominated in the post for the Lions.
JSerra discovered a new weapon in junior guard Corinne Bogle, who gave the Lions a spark off the bench with 16 points to lead No. 3 JSerra to a 53-35 victory over Rosary in a Trinity League game on Thursday night at JSerra High.
"I knew beforehand that I didn't have a great game the last time we played Rosary," said Bogle, who had two points in JSerra's 69-44 victory over Rosary on Jan. 10. "I just tried to do different things this time around.
"I knew I wasn't great on the boards, so I just tried to perfect different areas as much as I can. It wasn't all me. It was my teammates. August is great at passing. I know if I run the floor hard I'm going to get the ball in my hands."
Rosary (14-10. 2-5) knocked down seven 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter to help the Royals build a 13-12 edge heading into the second quarter. JSerra responded with an 8-0 run to start the second quarter and build a 20-13 lead. Touchard was dishing out the assists and Bogle scored nine of her points in the first half to give the Lions (18-5, 4-2) a 27-21 lead at the break.
"She's been getting better every game," JSerra coach Mary Rossignol said of Bogle. "She's just a really hard worker in practice. She understands the game. She puts the extra time in and it's paying off for her. She was hot and she's been very physical on defense and she's earning the minutes and she performed tonight."
Miller and Touchard didn't have big nights. Miller had 11 points and three assists and Touchard finished with six points and five assists. House finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots and Vaccher had eight points, 15 rebounds and three assists.
JSerra gave top-ranked Mater Dei a battle last weekend. The Lions had a three-point lead over the Monarchs, ranked No. 1 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, going into the fourth quarter before Mater Dei rallied to pull out a 61-54 victory.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Lions. They play Windward of L.A., ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 4 in the nation, in the Division 4 Showcase on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at JSerra. Windward and JSerra are also ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in CIF-SS Division 4AA.
"It's going to be a dogfight," Rossignol said. "They're great. They got (center Kristen) Simon and two great guards (Courtney Jaco and Jordin Canada). They got three studs. They've beaten everybody, so it'll be good game for us to play No. 1 and (No. 4) in the nation in the same week."
In another Trinity League game:
No. 5 Orange Lutheran 51, Santa Margarita 34: Abbey Goodsell made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and Jami Hahn pitched in with 10 points as the Lancers (20-3, 4-2) defeated the visiting Eagles (6-17, 0-7).
In the Pacific Coast League:
No. 7 Woodbridge 53, Irvine 51: Sarah Lipton had 14 points, Wendy Shiga had 12 points and Emily Shimizu had 10 points as the visiting Warriors (22-3, 8-0) pulled out a victory over the Vaqueros (14-10, 4-4).
University 50, Corona del Mar 37: Melodie Yu's 20 points helped the visiting Trojans (14-10, 4-4) knock off the Sea Kings (8-15, 1-7).
Beckman 58, Northwood 52: Alexis Casillas scored 39 points and hauled in 15 rebounds as the visiting Patriots (15-9, 6-2) held on to beat the Timberwolves (15-9, 1-7).
In the Sunset League:
Los Alamitos 52, Fountain Valley 43: Katelyn McCutchen scored 23 points, including three 3-pointers, and Neah Odom scored 14 points for the Griffins (19-5, 7-1) in a victory over the visiting Barons (10-14, 2-6).
Huntington Beach 60, Newport Harbor 21: Paola Roa scored 12 points and Jill Nakaso and Emily Vaught scored 11 points apiece to lead the Oilers (16-5, 6-2) past the visiting Sailors (4-20, 0-8).
In the Golden West League:
Westminster 69, Ocean View 20: Chyann Pendergrass scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, Kathleen Lopp had 13 points amd Selene Iriarte had 11 points for the visiting Lions (21-3, 8-0) in a victory over the Seahawks (15-8, 3-5).
Segerstrom 64, Orange 30: Kassie Alvarado had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, A.J. Dizon had 12 points, Natalie Perales had 12 points and five steals and Kayla Strephens had 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to lift the Jaguars (20-4, 7-1) over the visiting Panthers (8-12, 3-5).
In the Orange Coast League:
Estancia 56, Saddleback 26: Bryanna Vernon made three 3-pointers as the visiting Eagles beat (17-6, 7-1) beat the Roadrunners (2-16, 1-7) to maintain sole possession of first place.
Godinez 40, Laguna Beach 36: Yvette Mendoza scored 13 points as the Grizzlies (10-12, 6-2) beat the visiting Breakers (17-4, 5-3) to take sole possession of second place.
In the San Joaquin League:
Capistrano Valley Christian 53, Connelly 23: Lexi Kinkle had a triple-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Eagles (10-6, 5-3) to a victory over the visiting Koalas (4-16, 0-8).
In the Academy League:
St. Margaret's 48, Oxford Academy 15: Julianna Coleman's 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists helped the visiting Tartans (13-7, 5-2) take care of the Patriots (6-17, 2-5).