Girls basketball: Bruins hold off Cougars

By From page A9 | December 13, 2013

Ponderosa picked up a much-needed victory Tuesday, defeating host El Dorado 42-32 in an intra-county girls basketball matchup at L.A. Brown Gym.

Danielle Craft scored 15 points and Madison Clayton 12 as the Bruins bounced back from Monday’s loss to Granite Bay. Both Craft and Clayton tallied eight second-half points.

“The team did a lot better than yesterday,” Clayton said. “We’re a team where if one player is off it drags the team down but if one is going well so is the team.”

Clayton was all over the court Tuesday — rebounding (13), diving for loose balls and blocking shots (3) — to energize Ponderosa, which led by 16 at one point of the fourth quarter.

“We had a little more effort tonight,” said Bruin coach Noel O’Donnell, still reeling in the aftermath of Monday’s home loss to an eight-player Granite Bay squad. “This win was good for our morale.”

Action was slow to get underway. Danielle Becker’s three-pointer allowed the visitors to break from a 4-3 lead. Though Ponderosa maintained some distance with its lead, El Dorado was never out of it.

“We’re better this year and next year we should be back to where we normally are,” Cougar coach Pat Winter said. “We’re learning to play with one another. We came out a little gun-shy tonight but once the blood was pumping we were right there.”

The Bruins led 9-4 after one quarter and 20-12 at the half thanks to Craft’s seven points. Clayton bucketed six points in the third as Ponderosa extended to a 31-18 advantage. Kayla Cotton, along with fellow freshman Samantha Klinkenborg, led a spirited fourth-quarter comeback as the Cougars cut their deficit to eight in the fourth.

After Craft and Clayton, Alex Boyle had six points; Becker, three; and Sophia George, Delaney Jacobs and Savannah Valdez each had two.

For El Dorado, Cotton led with eight points; Sabrina Tate scored five points; Kylie Haverson, four; Faith Wilson and Klinkenborg added three apiece; Marissa Garcia, Kylie Hammond and Rebecca McCaughey had two each; and Hannah Dixon, Jessica Jemmott and Carley Fowler had a point each.

Jerry Heinzer

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