ROUNDUP : Thousand Oaks Uses Balance to Put Away Washington
The Thousand Oaks High girls’ basketball team showed it could win with depth as well as with individual talent Saturday night in the semifinals of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions.
With standouts Michelle Palmisano, Marion Jones and Sasha Scardino saddled with foul trouble, the Lancers relied on clutch shooting by Melissa Wood, Samantha Clarke and Lori Sherman to knock off Washington, 51-40, at Santa Barbara High.
Thousand Oaks (6-0) will face Peninsula for the title Monday at 8:45 p.m. at Santa Barbara High.
Palmisano was held to 12 points and Jones scored just 10, well below their averages of more than 20 points a game. But Wood came off the bench to score 10, and Sherman and Clarke each drilled two key fourth-quarter baskets.
Thousand Oaks avenged a seven-point loss to City Section power Washington in the first round of last year’s state Division I playoffs.
In other Santa Barbara tournament games:
Chico Pleasant Valley 40, Palmdale 33--Palmdale (5-5) dropped its third consecutive game in the tournament despite a 20-point performance by LaTisha Beam.
Oakland Fremont 57, Glendale 39--Fremont (4-8) rolled out to a 30-17 halftime advantage in consolation play. Jenny Dalton had 14 points Glendale (5-4).