If the Union Mine High girls basketball team wanted to end its preseason schedule against Amador at the Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament victoriously, the Lady Diamondbacks needed to play aggressive defense.
They did and it was ‘Taylor-made.’
Union Mine’s defense, led by All-Tourney selection Yvonne Taylor, forced Amador’s offense into many early turnovers Monday, leading the D’backs to post a 50-12 victory to take home seventh place. The three-day tourney was played at El Dorado High.
Union Mine led from start to finish. The D’backs forced the Buffalos into 11 turnovers in the first quarter and a 12-0 run produced a 16-3 lead. Taylor and guards Kinsey Del Rio and Savannah Scott led the attack on defense.
“We pushed them to play a little harder tonight,” Union Mine head coach Chris Del Rio said. “We felt that the game we started with them the first time (nonleague game at the Snake Pit last month that was stopped in the second quarter because of smoke in the gym) was not the pace we wanted to set for that game. We wanted to make a statement. That was the goal — to come out and play like we were playing a team in our league.”
The D’backs continued to make their statement in the second quarter, harassing the Buffalos’ backcourt into six turnovers for a 22-8 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Union Mine’s defense forced Amador into seven miscues and hauled in nine offensive rebounds: Taylor pulled down three and Kinsey Del Rio and guard Courtney Bruno two each. The D’backs had 12 boards in the quarter, as they continued to increase their lead to 34-10.
Union Mine capped off the game in the fourth quarter by scoring 16 points with Bruno, Taylor, Del Rio, Kaitlin Lishman, Katie Vick and Katie Parker contributing.
Bruno was the D’backs’ leading scorer with 13 points and five of the squad’s 36 rebounds. Taylor scored eight points and also had five boards. Lishman and Scott had seven each, Del Rio and Vick five each, Jordyn Trulli and Parker two each and Stephanie Preacher, one.
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