Faith Wilson pumped in 15 points to lead 11 Cougars that scored as host El Dorado pulled away in the second half of its 53-23 victory over visiting Galt Tuesday.
The win was the Cougars’ (1-2) first in Sierra Valley Conference play. El Dorado led by 10 at the half but tripled that margin for the final score.
The Cougars’ trap near midcourt, led by the chasing Karla Reyes, Kayla Patten, Marissa Garcia, Rebecca McCaughey, Hannah Dixon and Katryna Holifield flustered Warrior guards — leading to steals and uncontested layups.
The pressure peaked in the fourth, a quarter that saw El Dorado outscored Galt 20-5. Wilson’s two thefts led to layins and the sophomore also went the length of the court after a defensive rebound.
The win wasn’t pretty as the Cougars shot just 11-of-22 from the foul line and allowed the Warriors numerous offensive rebounds despite good rebounding from Jessica Jemmott and Samantha Klinkenborg.
El Dorado led 9-6 after one quarter, 22-12 at the break and 33-17 after three.
After Wilson, Dixon and McCaughey both scored six points; Kylie Haverson, Jemmott, Patten, Klinkenborg and Holifield all had four; Gia Somara added three, Carley Fowler, two; and Reyes, one point.