Lady Blue Devils rock Rosemont

By From page B1 | December 17, 2013


Lady Blue Devil players —from left, Emma Stenz, Sarah Bloise, Ariane Rusanganwa, Rachael Allison and Anna Belenis — walk back onto the court after a timeout in the second quarter of DHS’ 78-19 victory over Rosemont on Monday at The Cage. It was the Devils’ second consecutive win by more than 25 points and third in a week. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

The last time the Davis High girls basketball team was home at The Cage — last Tuesday — the locals quintupled visiting Armijo’s score and won by 44 points.

Back in The Cage on Monday, the Lady Blue Devils were even more dominating, nearly quadrupling Rosemont, 78-19.

DHS (5-3) also multiplied its efforts to control the ball, as was coach Karen Foster’s goal.

After the Devils went 1-2 at the Oak Ridge Tournament last weekend, the third-year mentor hoped her team would start-to-finish games with more turnovers than assists. The mission was a success on Monday as Davis totaled 23 dimes against just 15 miscues.

That was an endeavor spearheaded by Blue Devil point guard Anna Belenis, a sophomore who led the way with 11 assists. She was placing the ball in the competent hands of Emma Stenz early and often, and the junior responded with five baskets in the first quarter alone.

Stenz, who would end with a game-high 16 points, worked in concert with her teammates to exact a dominating 27-4 advantage by the conclusion of the initial quarter.

The slaughter continued in the second period, prompted by Ariane Rusanganwa’s expertise from beyond the arc. The senior surged into action off the bench, and would go on to nail 3-of-3 from long range and finish with 11 points.

Overall, DHS displayed pinpoint accuracy from the field, making 52 percent of its shots. When the bricks came, the combined 15 rebounds of sophomore Sophie Seng and senior La’Rell Cato helped give the Devils even more opportunities.

And the locals often took what wasn’t theirs to further keep possession in their favor. Junior Katie Grahn yanked away the ball from the Wolverines twice in the second quarter, and three times overall.

Grahn complemented the steals by scoring six of her 10 points in the opening half, helping Davis take a 43-11 lead at intermission.

“We had them down in those first two quarters so deep that they couldn’t get out,” Foster said. “We had good ball rotation. We were trapping everywhere. It was just steal to layup, steal to layup. I was very pleased.”

The action continued similarly through the third period as the Lady Blue Devils poured in another 20 points, while using their tough defense to allow just six.

While Rosemont was missing shots — it scored just two points in the final, quarter both on free throws — DHS was hitting from deep. Devil sophomore Rachael Allison drained a 3-pointer in the third period before junior Caitlin Mazzoleni nailed a pair of treys in the fourth to complete her 13-point outing.

Davis returns to The Cage for a matchup with Pioneer on Wednesday (7 p.m.), which opens a stretch of four games in four days as the Napa Tournament runs Thursday through Saturday. According to Foster, the Blue Devils have plenty left in the tank for the grueling stretch:

“The bench got to play a lot (Monday), so that’s good — to not have to tire out anyone. All 12 players got a lot of playing time (Monday). It will be the same thing on Wednesday, before our three tough tournament games.”

— Reach Brett Johnson at [email protected] or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett.

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