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Saugus girls struggle with Royal

The Centurions girls basketball team falls to 0-2 on the season

Posted: December 3, 2009 10:37 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2009 4:30 a.m.

The Saugus girls basketball team is off to a rocky start after a 72-37 blowout loss to Royal on Thursday in the Valencia High-Five Classic at Valencia High.

The loss was the second straight for the Centurions (0-2), who are still trying to find their identity on offense after losing six seniors from a team that won the last two Foothill League titles.

Saugus head coach Kent Eaton said he hopes his squad can learn from its mistakes and better itself each game.

“They’re an excellent program with some six-footers who know how to play the game,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton of Royal. “We’re young, and they’re learning by fire. And it’s frustrating for them sometimes, but they want to learn and have a great attitude.”

The Centurions’ offensive rhythm was disrupted early and often by Royal wing Chelsea Jacoby, who scored 10 points, grabbed six steals and five rebounds.

The Highlanders’ 6-foot-1-inch center, Destinee LaFountain, provided the perfect counter-punch, giving the Centurions’ post play all kinds of trouble. LaFountain ended up with 18 points and nine rebounds for Royal.

The efforts of Centurions guard Kaylynn Martin and forward Megan Dawes helped Saugus stay in it for the first half. Dawes finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, which were both team-highs.

A seven-point burst from Dawes to start the second quarter helped cut a 20-5 Royal lead down to 24-12 with two minutes into the second frame. But it was as close as the Centurions could get.

A strong third-quarter push helped put the game away for the Highlanders.

In the fourth quarter, Royal was able to start pulling up from the 3-point line and make shots, at one point building a 40-point lead.

“It’s always beneficial to play a quality team like this early,” Eaton said. “We’re learning as we go and it’s going to take some time.”    



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