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Victory improves West Ranch’s league record to 4-1

Posted: January 27, 2009 9:15 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2009 4:58 a.m.
Who would have predicted it?

West Ranch girls basketball coach Randy Smith said his expectations were high, but he would even admit 4-1 in the Foothill League might have been a stretch.

But thanks to a forfeit and three hard-fought victories, including Tuesday’s 55-30 win against Golden Valley at Golden Valley High, the Wildcats are really 4-1 in the Foothill League.

“I’ve been telling the girls, we’re beyond the age of getting a win or two in the Foothill League,” said West ranch first-year head coach Randy Smith. “I think we can compete.”

The Wildcats (11-9, 4-1) were in control early, holding the Grizzlies (5-9, 1-4) to four points in each of the first two quarters, but the deciding frame was the third.

West Ranch outscored Golden Valley 21-6 in the quarter to extend a 25-8 halftime lead to a 46-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Erin Ruiz scored 11 of her game-high 15 points in the frame.

“I think we made a big push at the beginning of the third quarter,” Smith said. “The press was really effective. There were four or five possessions where they couldn’t get the ball past half court.”

Michele Arima added 11 points for the Wildcats and was 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Jasmine Jefferson led Golden Valley with 12 points.


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