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by Tribune Staff
Dec 28, 2011 | 896 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Of the three local basketball squads participating in winter break tournaments in California, only one came away with a ‘W’ Wednesday. And it was a convincing victory at that.

The Reed girls basketball team trailed by one at halftime and absolutely dominated the second en route to a 73-47 victory over Vanden in the Gold Division of the West Coast Jamboree.

The win sends the Raiders (7-0) into the semifinals against Buena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Deer Valley High School.

Trailing 35-34 at the break, Reed used defensive shifts to wear down Vanden and held it to 12 points in the second half.

Reed girls coach Sara Schopper said senior Nyasha LeSure stepped up in the second half, and the defense did a good job adjusting and reading the passing lanes.

Sierra Hooft paced the Blue and Gold’s scoring output with 21 points. Tyler Sumpter chipped in 19, while LeSure added 17 and Gabby Williams had 14.

•The Spanish Springs girls basketball team doesn’t get to face too many 6-foot-1 post players who have already committed to play college ball at Pepperdine. It’s a good thing because it didn’t go well for the Cougars on Day 3 of the Larry Doyle Classic at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Kelsey Brockway picked apart the Spanish Springs defense from the inside and outside, pouring in a game-high 27 points to lead Palos Verdes to a 58-39 win Wednesday.

The game started off well for the Cougars, who jumped out to a 19-12 lead after the first quarter. However, the local squad was held to four second-quarter points and Palos Verdes took a 31-23 lead into halftime.

Palos Verdes outscored Spanish Springs 17-9 in the third quarter to put the game away for good.

Riley Holladay scored 14 points to lead the Cougars in the loss.

Spanish Springs (11-4) is done pool play, but will play a game today after teams are re-seeded.

•On the boys side, the Cougars also struggled against quality competition, dropping a 69-54 decision to St. Augustine of San Diego.

“They were a much better team than we played yesterday,” SSHS boys basketball coach Kyle Penney said. “And rebounding, we didn’t have a single rebound in the first quarter. They just kicked our butts on the boards. Our kids competed, but when you lose the rebounding battle that bad, you’re not going to have much of a chance.”

Brandon Delong scored 18 for the Cougars, while Kenny Meyer added 13.

The Cougars (6-6) are back on the floor today.
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