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.

See archived 'Sports' stories »

Other Varsity coverage:
Inland Empire
Search Players


Santa Ana 14, Rancho Christian 52 - 01:01 4th QT - In Progress


Calabasas 35, Capistrano Valley 14 - 00:00 4th QT - In Progress


St. John Bosco 21, Mater Dei 14 - 00:33 2nd QT - In Progress


Edison 44, La Mirada 24 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Burbank 21, Yorba Linda 31 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


El Modena 2, Orange Lutheran 2 - 45:00 2nd Half - Completed


Eisenhower 28, Mater Dei 93 - 02:00 4th QT - Completed


Santa Fe 65, Foothill 53 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Valencia/Valencia 35, San Clemente 41 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


El Modena 21, Yorba Linda 28 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed