Girls' Basketball: CdM leaves NHHS behind

Sea Kings romp after halftime, winning Battle of the Bay game for third straight year.

January 07, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Natalia Bruening smiles after drawing a foul during a game against Newport Harbor on Tuesday.
Corona del Mar High's Natalia Bruening smiles after… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Corona del Mar High sophomores Natalia Bruening and Krista Anderson both already had two fouls early in the second quarter of Tuesday's night's Battle of the Bay girls' basketball game.

At 6-foot-3 and 6-2 respectively, Bruening and Anderson give the Sea Kings a huge size advantage. That's not true, though, if they're not on the court. The Sea Kings got a bit frustrated with some of the foul calls in the first half Tuesday, which ended with CdM up by just five points.

"We just came from the Inland Empire, where basically a tackle is not a foul," CdM Coach Mark Decker said. "We had to adjust. They called it a little bit tighter than normal [tonight], but we didn't adjust in the first half. We were reaching, and we weren't playing good, solid defense."

After halftime was a different story. The Sea Kings looked like a different team.

They quickly pulled away for a 44-23 victory at Newport Harbor High, CdM's third straight Battle of the Bay triumph.


The tone was set early in the second half, which opened with nine straight points by the Sea Kings (11-4). Bruening, who finished the game with 17 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, had five points in the run.

"We really came together and started fighting for each other," Bruening said. "That helped a lot. We knew that we were going to win it, we just had to carry it out."

Corona del Mar turned it into a blowout by outscoring the host Sailors, 18-3, in the third quarter. That output also included four points by junior forward Maria King, who had 10 points on the night and made all six of her free throws.

"I thought we were really tight in the first half," Decker said. "We missed a lot of easy shots that we normally make, and I think we over-thought it a little bit. At halftime, we relaxed a little bit and came back out with energy, and really got after it defensively."

Senior guard Chanel Wosoughkia added seven points and a game-high four steals for the winners, while Anderson chipped in four points, seven rebounds and three blocks. She and Bruening, the two post players who each were Newport-Mesa Dream Team selections last year as freshmen, were able to get going in the Sea Kings' high-low offense.

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