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Prep boys basketball: Cold Cards lose it late

Sub-par shooting, foul trouble ends SCCS’s playoff run

Posted: February 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball team came into Friday night's game as one of the highest ranked teams in its division.

It was also a young team coming in, and that's what cost the third-seeded Cardinals the most in a 53-48 loss to Wildwood School in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VIAA playoffs at Willows Community School in Los Angeles.

Wildwood came into the game as a No. 14 seed after finishing second in the Coastal League, but it took advantage of SCCS's lack of depth and poor shooting in Friday's matchup.

"They knew what we were trying to do," said SCCS head coach James Mosley. "We were scoring inside and they packed it in. It was the lesser of two evils I guess."

Most of those inside points were scored by Cardinals junior Tikko Moore, who led all players with 19 points.

The problem was, SCCS (17-8) didn't get much help from anyone else.

Normally among the team's top contributors, seniors Bret Ranhofer and Luke Asher, had five and six points, respectively, for SCCS.

Both struggled to hit shots from long range, and it didn't help that both players also got into foul trouble.

It was a tight game all the way through, with neither team opening up more than a single-digit lead the entire night.

The Cardinals went in front 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Ranhofer had to sit out most of the second quarter after picking up two quick fouls.

The Wolves (10-10) seized the opportunity and took a 22-19 lead by halftime.

"We tried to guard against them and tried to play some zone, but they still got us into foul trouble," Mosley said.

By the midway point of the third quarter, both Ranhofer and Asher had three fouls, but SCCS remained in the game, forcing a 35-35 tie headed into the final frame.

Wildwood continued its aggressiveness on offense, though, responding to pressure, zone and anything else the Cardinals tried to throw its way.

"They just scrapped it out, and I think they just made some big shots and we didn't shoot well," Mosley said.

Junior Chris Fechelkotter added 11 points for the Cardinals, who exited the playoffs much sooner than Mosley expected.

"I thought we had as good a chance as anybody of moving on," he said. "We played some teams in higher divisions than us, and based on those scores, I thought we'd be in pretty good shape."



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