Segerstrom gets off to strong start in tournament


GARDEN GROVE – The Segerstrom girls basketball team was looking to get back to its winning ways on the opening day of the Garden Grove Varsity Holiday Classic after dropping two tough games recently, including a Dec. 15 loss to No. 6 Woodbridge.

Well, get back on track is exactly what it did, and in dominating fashion as the Jaguars cruised to a 63-43 first-round victory over Sunny Hills on Wednesday at Garden Grove High.

Segerstrom played a trapping defense for most of the game and gradually extended its lead each quarter. The Jaguars held the lead the entire game.

Segerstrom (10-2) jumped out to an early 19-13 lead after one quarter, thanks in part to an aggressive full-court trap that sparked an 11-0 run and forced Sunny Hills into eight turnovers.

The Jaguars extended their lead in the second and took a 29-20 lead in to halftime before putting the finishing touch on Sunny Hills (5-8, 0-1) in the second half.

Sergerstrom’s Kayla Stephens, the No. 12 leading scorer in the county, had a game-high 21 points, including making 7 of 8 free throws. The 6-foot junior also showed her range from as she drained two 3-pointers.

Sunny Hills guard Madison Cruse entered the game as the No. 2 scorer in the county and didn’t disappoint in the losing effort, dropping in a team-high 19 points, which is just under her season average of 20.8 points per game.

Segerstrom will play No. 10 Foothill on Thursday at 3 p.m.

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