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Eagles shut down Lewis, Saddleback

January 14, 2004

"Imelda did a great job defensively," Rappa said. "I really

thought she took Tanisha out of the game early on."

But Saddleback still held the lead throughout much of the game.

After tying the score several times in the second half, the Eagles

took their first lead since the first quarter when Olivia Maldonado

hit a three-pointer from the left corner with 2:30 to play, giving

Estancia a 43-42 advantage.

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One minute later, Wase banked in a three-pointer, pushing the lead

to four points with 1:29 left.

A steal by Pena led to a Castro bucket with 43 seconds left,

giving Estancia a 48-42 advantage, all but sealing the outcome.

Castro played a huge role in the second half, scoring 16 of her

game-high 24 points. She also added a team-high eight rebounds for

the Eagles.

Maldonado scored five key fourth-quarter points and added five

rebounds in the game. Estancia also got a key contribution of the

bench from Jazmin Flores in the first half when Wase and Mino were in

foul trouble. Flores chipped in with two points and four rebounds.

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Golden West League

Estancia 50, Saddleback 44

Score by Quarters

S'back 14 10 14 6 -- 44

Estancia 14 5 16 15 -- 50

Saddleback -- Lewis 12, Lomeli 0, Lete 8,

McElroy 16, Williams 4, Escobar 0, Lozano 0,

Perry 0, Ayala 4. 3-pt. goals -- Lete 1,

McElroy 2. Fouled out -- Williams Technicals

-- None. Estancia -- Wase 9, Mino 0, Pena 10,

Maldonado 5, Castro 24, Neal 0, Flores 2.

3-pt. goals -- Wase 1, Pena 2, Maldonado 1.

Fouled out -- Mino, Wase. Technicals -- None.

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