Foothill pressure too much for No 9 El Toro


LAKE FOREST -  Foothill point guard Hailey James seemed to be everywhere Tuesday night,  leading No. 10 Foothill to a 49-29 victory over No. 9 El Toro in a nonleague girls basketball game at El Toro High.

The Knights pulled away with a dominant second-quarter performance, outscoring the Chargers, 18-2. The run gave Foothill a 15 point lead going into halftime. 

Foothill did not slow down in the second half. The Chargers continued to have trouble dealing with Foothill's defensive pressure.

The Knights' defense created easy transition baskets for most of the second quarter and the rest of the game.

El Toro was without its captain, senior point guard Whitney Williams, who is dealing with a knee injury.

The Knights dominated the offensive glass much of the game, getting third and fourth chance opportunities throughout the night.

“We work on our man-to-man and press defense a lot,” Knights coach Vince Namba said. “In the beginning of the season, the defense should work well because teams haven’t seen it. But they will catch up to it, and we will have to keep working.”

James shot the ball efficiently from the field, scoring 11 points, including one 3-pointer.

James also was a pest on the defensive end, making it tough for El Toro to dribble and pass the ball.

Sydney Sharp was a solid contributor off the bench for the Knights, scoring seven points.

Hannah Carson led the Chargers with seven points, and Christen Morris scored six.

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