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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL / COSTA MESA TOURNAMENT : Woodbridge Stays on the Defensive, Wins Another Title

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Woodbridge captured its third tournament championship this season by defeating Costa Mesa, 61-32, Thursday night at the Costa Mesa Winter Classic.

The Warriors (11-0), who have held their last three opponents to fewer than 40 points, again won with defense.

“We have been stressing defense all week,” Coach Eric Bangs said. “We’ve had a lot of girls sick, so we had to step it up.”

Tournament most valuable player Angela Burgess clogged up the middle, blocking three shots and grabbing five offensive rebounds. She had 18 points and eight rebounds.

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“We had to control the boards tonight,” Bangs said. “We know Angela will get hers and the other kids really stepped it up and helped her out.”

Costa Mesa (6-6) never led. The Mustangs tied the score, 8-8, with 4 minutes 21 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but Woodbridge went on a 10-0 run.

Melanie Pearson scored 12 for Woodbridge and Tami Weaver had seven points and four steals. Erin Stovall and Weaver were named to the all-tournament team for Woodbridge, along with Costa Mesa’s Doan Do and Sarah Spencer.

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In other tournament games:

San Clemente 55, Tustin 51--Michelle Macintyre had 17 points and Sara Waldner added 14 to lead San Clemente (10-3) to a third-place finish. Macintyre and Waldner were named to the all-tournament team, as was Sara Davis of Tustin.

Dana Hills 47, North Torrance 33--Karun Grossman scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds for the Dolphins. Nicolle Zuniga, who had 15 points and seven steals, was named to the all-tournament team.


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