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DONS CLAIM EARLY SEASON CLASH OVER MATADORS

2018 GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

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CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 74, MOUNT MIGUEL 50

An early clash of top teams in the county between the top-ranked Cathedral Catholic Dons who were able to use their size to come away with the big victory over the fifth-ranked Mount Miguel Matadors on Saturday night out in Spring Valley.

In front of a good-sized crowd, the Dons came out with force and used their size to force the Matadors (4-1) into a bad shooting night. Usually a good three-point shooting squad the Matadors sharpshooters couldn’t buy much. Sure shooting Citlalli Gurrola only made a couple three-pointers while Syleena Peterson who is usually good for a couple of three-pointers was held in check as she had none despite scoring 12 points.

The Dons (3-3) were able to use their size to take control in the middle as they constantly harassed Matadors Tiaja Bennett the entire night.

Cathedral Catholic was able to build a 32-29 lead at intermission as Mount Miguel couldn’t stop Ice Brady who went for 16 points in the first half.

Things looked to get out of hand in the third quarter as the Dons were able to use a 12-0 run to extend their lead 40-24 but the Matadors were able to storm back using a run of their own led by Nyssa Maga and their ferocious defense. Mount Miguel was able to pull within 40-36 when Dons coach Jackie Turpin called a timeout.

After the timeout by the Dons, they came out with renewed energy and used that to make another run of 11-3 to pull away from the Matadors.

Leading the Matadors on the night in scoring was Michelle Corley with her 16 points and Sylena Peterson paced with 11 points.

On the other side for the Dons, Ice Brady led the night with her 24 points and Izzy Navarro had 18 points including a couple of three-pointers.

“Tonight was a big game and a lot of fun. Mount Miguel was the Open Division Champions last season for a reason as they are really good.” Said Dons veteran head coach Jackie Turpin. “This was a big early test and I was excited how my kids handled it, I expected Mount Miguel to have a plan and we responded to it.” 

Both teams are expected to vie again this season for spots in the Open Division Playoff so a rematch isn’t out of the question.

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