EL DORADO HILLS — Led by Sarah Mackey’s game-high eight blocks, sound team defense and a 10-0 run to open the second half, El Dorado pulled away from Nevada Union Friday to crush the Miners 63-34 in second round action at the Trojan Shoot-Out Tournament at Oak Ridge High.
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The Lady Cougars, who didn’t shoot particularly well from the field and weathered a 7-of-19 outing from the free throw line, utilized a zone defense to harass the Grass Valley team into a miserable shooting night. From the charity stripe, Nevada Union made a woeful 10-of-32.
El Dorado held a 15-14 lead after the opening quarter, led 24-17 at the half and blitzed the Miners in the third to lead by 25 going to the fourth. The Cougars finish up with a 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon consolation championship game with Rocklin.
“We’ve been waiting for that team to show up,” said El Dorado coach Pat Winter about the second half play. “Our philosophy has been to start the first and third quarters well but so far we haven’t been able to do that. I thought we played really well last night against Turlock and though we lost it carried over.”
Nevada Union opened the second half with the ball but the Cougars forced a shot clock violation to set the tone. Mackey then found Samantha Reeder for a wing three-pointer, Courtney Macklin scored off the glass after a turnover and after El Dorado stole the ball again, Reeder came back with a 3-point play. A rebound, push and driving layup by Mackey capped the 10-point run as the Cougars held a 34-17 advantage. El Dorado outscored the Miners 24-6 in the third quarter to double its first-half offensive output.
“We came out in the third with defensive intensity and a lot of energy. We didn’t rush our shots and played well as a team,” said Mackey who grabbed 13 rebounds. “After last night we had a lot of incentive to win this one tonight.”
Offensively, Reeder led the Cougars with 15 points; Macklin put in 13; Justine Pereira sank three treys and added a bucket for 11; Jenny McCaughhey scored all eight of her total in the fourth; Emily Boyd had six points and nine boards; Mackey bucketed five; Savannah Barnhill and Leah Headd each had two; and Maddie Zuber had one point but hustled after 10 rebounds.