The El Dorado girls basketball team worked overtime this past weekend: catching a reprieve with an opening day forfeit Thursday before playing twice on each of the next two days.
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The Cougars stepped into Johnson’s shoes after the Sacramento team pulled out on Christmas Eve — forcing El Dorado to play both sides of the bracket including Saturday’s championship against Ponderosa after playing hours earlier.
In Saturday’s consolation championship for fifth place, El Dorado fell 45-25 to Center which held the Cougars to single-digit scoring all four quarters. Hannah Dixon led the Cougars with five points while Sabrina Tate and Carley Fowler each chipped in with four.
El Dorado 60, Lodi 34
Dixon bucketed a season-high 25 points as El Dorado routed Lodi 60-34 in its first court appearance Friday afternoon. The Cougars jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead and led by 25 after three quarters to coast to the win.
Kylie Haverson contributed 11 points while Tate added eight.
El Dorado 47, Amador 27
The Cougars outhustled and outrebounded the Buffaloes in Friday night’s win. El Dorado led by seven after the first quarter, 15 at the half and 21 after three quarters.
Tate led the team with 15 points. More impressive was the point guard’s rebounding. Tate grabbed eight off the boards — seven on the offensive end with four putbacks. Haverson added 11 points with nine rebounds, six offensive.
The Cougars forced the issue and Amador’s center into foul trouble. The Buffaloes wilted under the trapping pressure from El Dorado, resulting in a heap of turnovers.
A three-pointer from Shelby Ganzert gave the Cougars the lead for good early in the first quarter. Ganzert’s bucket ignited a 12-4 run.
Amador clawed its way to within 15-11 in the second before El Dorado extended from the free throw line. The Buffaloes did the opposite — blowing an opportunity prior to the halftime break by missing four consecutive from the charity stripe.
The Cougars opened the third on a 10-o run and never looked back.
“We came out yesterday against some teams similar to us and pounded them,” El Dorado coach Pat Winter said after Saturday’s championship game. “Center (earlier) ran it up and down against us but we did a good job adjusting. Knowing we had Ponderosa (later) I pulled the starters so the (final) score was not indicative of how we played.”
Dixon, Ganzert and Gina Somara each finished with five points; Jessica Jemmott had four and Fowler, one point.