losing to defending state champion Fullerton Troy 56-29 in the title game of the
recent Ocean View tournament, Santa Margarita will get a rare chance of fast
redemption when the teams meet again on Jan 5 at
no one in pre-Freeway League play,
There are enough championship crowns between the three schools to outfit a small army. Just two years ago Santa Margarita (8-1) won a Southern Section title.
However, in the Ocean view title game, the Eagles were no match for the mighty girls of Troy, whose coach Kevin Kiernan utilized a substitution pattern stressing full-court pressure, causing Rancho Santa Margarita junior point guard Gillian Gipe, a three-year starter, to pick up three early fouls.
Out of Kiernan's four-guard lineup, the Warriors created 24 turnovers and committed just six against the Eagles.
Gipe couldn't break
Trisha Goddard, Amanda Sims, Melanie Ysaguirre, and Rene Wood, are veterans of
championship games at the Pyramid in
and Sims were both starters as sophomores last season for
In the Ocean View title game, Goddard scored 21 points with 5, three-pointers, and Sims totaled 20 with four coming beyond the arc.
Goddard and Sims have accounted for most of the Warriors scoring. Goddard is averaging 13 points, 6 assists and has lofted in 20 three-pointers. Sims is averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sarah Olivas and Alex Sanchez (8 ppg) can also hit ouside shots. Ysaguirre averages 5 points.
Wood has scored 12 points twice this season and is a good rebounder. Ashley Johnson has gotten lots of minutes off the bench.
The upcoming game at Brea Olinda will answer many questions for both teams.