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Lady Wolfpack Devours Wildcats, 71-21

Teams Prepare for Tournament Play

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
Paul Bandong
Sports Editor

Fresh off their own four-day tournament – the Paloma Valley Tip-Off – the Wildcat girls basketball team (2-2) ran into a well-rested and prepared Great Oak Wolfpack team (3-0) that devoured them on the court, 71-21.

"We werenít prepared and ready to play," said Paloma Valley head coach Romeo Galbreath, "We got stepped on and Iíve got to put that on me." The Wildcat team was playing without starting point guard junior Alize Hancock, injured in the second game of their tournament.

Great Oak pressured full court and transitioned well, holding the Wildcats to one field goal in each of the first two quarters and scoring 21 and 14 to lead 35-13 at halftime.

The Wolfpack were in hunt mode going after every ball and contesting every shot. "We need to control our aggression and make better decisions about opportunities that are high risk; we had a lot of reaching fouls," said Great Oak coach Shannon Maurice.

"We didnít shoot well and we didnít finish on offense," said Galbreath. Paloma Valley hit only five of their 45 shots and scored nine of their thirteen first half points from the charity stripe; they shot 11/28 overall from the free throw line. Leading scorer, Regina Sheffield, who scored 27 in last Saturdayís consolation game against Summit, was one-for-nine from the floor. Ashlynn Cota led the Wildcats with ten points, including four-for-four from the free throw line.

Great Oak power forward Mikayla Williams scored seventeen, five-of-seven from the free throw line. Sophomore Samantha Gonzales had sixteen points in the paint. Roya Rustamzada had 12; Abby Welch contributed ten.

The Wolfpack team exhibited good court vision, ball movement and the ability to find open shooters. "This team has good potential," said Maurice, "they have great chemistry."

Paloma Valley travels to Hemet on the 12th before facing Miller in the opening game of the Mustang Classic this weekend.

Great Oak (3-0) has ten days to prepare for a home game against Westview (San Diego) on the 20th. Their biggest test comes in the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic where they open on December 26 with powerhouse Mira Costa who runs a similar full-court press and fast break style game.



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