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CYPRESS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT : Woodbridge Rolls Past Cypress in Final, 65-50

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Cypress’ Jessica Eggleston entered Friday night’s Cypress Tournament championship game averaging 32 points per game, so Woodbridge concentrated on stopping . . . Susan Flaming?

The Warriors limited Flaming to four points in the second half and made a strong second-quarter burst hold up in a 65-50 victory to win their second consecutive tournament.

Both schools are off to their best starts: Woodbridge is 7-0 and Cypress is 9-2.

Flaming finished with 16 points, but she had nine in the first quarter, including two three-point baskets, as Cypress trailed only 19-15. After Amber Butcher’s basket made it a two-point game in the second quarter, Woodbridge went on an 11-0 run over the next 4 minutes 7 seconds. Flaming’s third three-pointer made the score 30-20.

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“We did a box-in-one on Flaming and assigned two players each to Julie Adams and Eggleston,” Warrior Coach Eric Bangs said.

Besides Eggleston (24 points) and Flaming, only Adams (four points, 11 rebounds) scored more than two points. It was the first time Eggleston has been held under 25 points this season.

In the final 13 seconds of the half, Woodbridge’s Jamie Oenning, the tournament most valuable player, made a three-point basket with one second on the shot clock, and Melanie Pearson’s steal and layup made it a 15-point game.

“We got a little bit of confidence and that allowed us to relax some,” Oenning said of the additional cushion. “We play better when we’re relaxed, and we were able to concentrate on getting the job done.”

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The closest Cypress got after that was 10 points with 2:31 left, but Oenning made nine of 10 free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes to put the game away.

Oenning finished with 23 points. Angela Burgess (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Erin Stovall (13 points) also made the all-tournament team.

The Centurions shot only 34%, including two of 13 in the second quarter. Eggleston attempted only one shot in each of the second and third quarters.

In addition to Flaming, Adams and Eggleston, the all-tournament selections included Marina’s Martita Emde and Shandy Robbins, Edison’s Marie Philman, Fountain Valley’s Nicole Strange and Newport Harbor’s Genevieve Evarts.

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In other tournament games:

Fountain Valley 70, Edison 50--Erin Avila scored 23 points and Nicole Strange added 20 for Fountain Valley (4-3) in the third-place game. Marie Philman led Edison (5-2) with 28 points.

Marina 57, Lakewood 54--Shandy Robbins’ 24 points and 10 rebounds led Marina (5-2) to fifth place.


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