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Eagles soar over Lady Blue Devils


DHS junior Emma Stenz, right — who scored 16 points on the night — defends against El Camino sharpshooter Madalyn Bates on Thursday in the Blue Devils' 66-55 loss at The Cage. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

From page B1 | January 10, 2014 |

In the midst of this drought in Northern California, believe it or not, it was actually raining in Davis on Thursday night. Raining threes inside The Cage, that is.

The Davis High girls basketball team couldn’t cool down hot-shooting El Camino and fell 66-55.

The Lady Blue Devils (10-5) immediately found themselves in trouble after the Eagles’ first four possessions all resulted in long-distance connections. Madalyn Bates hit a 3-pointer, and then another. Alexis Price nailed a trey before Bates drained her third 3-pointer of the night.

Price would go on to make three from downtown and Bates would cash in for 21 points — on seven 3-point shots.

“If someone has hit two (threes) on you, you gotta get up on her,” said DHS head coach Karen Foster. “We gotta get up in her face and not let her get that three off. We didn’t do well on that adjustment at all. When someone is that hot, you have to get up on her.”

The Devils and El Camino (6-7) were dead even in rebounding with 44 apiece, but the locals’ timing was bad as Foster said Davis gave up far too many second-chance points.

Destinee Bowie, the Eagle center, was the main benefactor of the Blue Devils’ miscues on the boards. Bowie posted a double-double, with 16 points and 21 rebounds, while also recording five blocks.

Juniors Emma Stenz and Caitlin Mazzoleni each scored 16 to pace DHS, but overall the Lady Devils’ shooting was off as they hit less than 50 percent of their shots.

“It was very uncharacteristic of us,” Foster said. “We normally box out and rebound well. It was really a bad game for us: We did not box out well, we did not pass well, we did not shoot the ball well. Everybody just has to dig deep so that we can dig ourselves out of holes.”

And the locals nearly did just that at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Finding themselves down 48-36 after the third quarter, the Blue Devils showed what they are capable of when they’re running on all cylinders.

Mazzoleni made a jumper and a 3-pointer, which was followed by two consecutive Rachael Allison treys. Then, Stenz fought through contact in the paint and earned herself a one-and-one opportunity.

The 14-3 spurt lasted the first 2:30 of the fourth period and cut the El Camino advantage down to one at 51-50. But the Eagles came right back after a timeout and regained the lead, cruising to victory from there.

“That unit that I put in the fourth quarter, they did well, but it was too little, too late,” Foster said. “They got right up to within one, and they didn’t have anything left.”

And with a 14-4 Brookside Christian team looming, DHS is going to have to be ready to adjust and improve quickly.

“We gotta control the boards,” Foster added. “They have to be one and done; no second-chance points. (Brookside Christian) has four 6-footers, so we have to box out and secure the rebound.”

Notes: Foster said she expects injured sophomore guard Kelly Goedde-Matthews to be back for Wednesday’s road showdown. “We really needed her (Thursday),” Foster said. “We really needed another point guard. Anna (Belenis) can’t run around all 32 minutes.” … After Brookside Christian, the Lady Blue Devils open Delta Valley Conference play.

— Reach Thomas Oide at Sam Eaton and Isaiah West contributed statistics for this article.



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