COSTA MESA — The leading scorers for the Estancia and Laguna Beach high school girls' basketball teams collided near the middle of the court.
Seniors Kassie Stratton and Emily Writer clunked heads Tuesday night at Estancia, both falling and laying on their backs.
Stratton got up first. It took longer for Writer to recover from the meeting of the minds, spending the rest of the game on the bench with an ice pack on the right side of her face.
The Eagles put their foot on the gas pedal with Writer out, dominating the second half to earn a 55-40 win in the Orange Coast League opener for both teams.
Senior Yesenia Maldonado and freshman Celia Duran each scored 15 for the Eagles (11-6, 1-0 in league). They also combined for eight steals as Estancia picked up its press defense in the second half.
"We kind of realized in the second quarter that we should have just pressed the whole game," Maldonado said. "In the second quarter, Coach [Xavier Castellano] was just like, 'Press them like crazy. Keep pressing, keep pressing.' And it worked."