Lancers hold off Chiefs, 57-43

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgWHITTIER – La Serna High School continued its dominance over Del Rio League rival Santa Fe, defeating the Chiefs 57-43 in a CIF-Southern Section Division III-A second-round girls basketball playoff game Saturday night. The victory improved the league champion Lancers’ record to 25-3 and marked the fourth time this season they defeated Santa Fe. The Chiefs ended their season with a 14-14 record. Santa Fe coach Matt Zamora said a “great start would be vital” for his team in this game, but after leading 6-5 following Debbie Chavez’s 3-point basket with 4:29 left in the opening quarter, the game began to unravel for the Chiefs. “Every time we made a little push, she hit a huge 3,” he said. “The timing was uncanny. And Anne Failla played a good game against us tonight.” Failla scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists. “My role is to get the ball to my teammates who have a good opportunity to shoot,” Failla said. “When we get the ball into Jenna (French), she works really hard to score. “I think we all had nerves at the start. We didn’t want this to be our last game.” French, averaging 20 points, had only two by halftime, but she was her usual dominant self on the boards with 10 rebounds. She finished with a game-high 18 points and 20 rebounds. “We knew that was a priority, to stop Jenna,” Lancers coach Steve Hemenway said. “They tried a couple of things, but that opened up some opportunities for other players.” One was Jaime Coins, who finished with 10 points and played a strong defensive game against Santa Fe’s 3-point shooter Brittany Aranda, who scored 10 points. Santa Fe struggled at the line, making just 5 of 21 free throws. “We failed to do the two most basic aspects of basketball – make layups and free throws,” Zamora said. “We put ourselves in position to make things happen, and then missed the opportunities.” Chavez led the Chiefs with 14 points. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img La Serna came back with a 6-0 run, and when Natalee Venegas connected on the first of her four 3-pointers, La Serna led 14-8 after one quarter. A stretch of about 45 seconds midway through the second quarter seemed to be the game’s turning point, according to Zamora. Santa Fe made three consecutive steals and missed the fast-break layup after each one. “Those were critical,” Zamora said. “They could have given us the momentum, and instead they took away a lot of our emotion.” Zamora also cited Venegas’ shooting. last_img read more

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