Ranger cagers dump Santa Clara
by Misty Volaski
Last Friday was a big game for Nordhoff's varsity girls' basketball
team. A win would mean the Rangers would qualify for playoffs,
while a loss would end the season.
The fact that it was Senior Night only made their 75-47 win against
Santa Clara sweeter. The young team honored its two departing
seniors, Lindsey Mezori and Shannon Popp, by thanking them in
a small pregame ceremony.
Mezori and Popp finished the last regular game of their high
school careers with 20 points each. Sophomore Alison Bennett
followed closely with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
The Rangers jumped to a huge lead in the first half, 39-12. Coach
Ted Cotti called it, "Very impressive, with good intensity."
The key to the win, Cotti said, was Bennett's and freshman starter
Sarah Nylander's defense. The two held Santa Clara's top two
scorers to a total of only four baskets. Nylander also had five
points, five steals, and three assists.
The boys' game, though equal in importance to the girls' game,
was a bit closer in terms of scoring. The Rangers beat the Saints
last Friday, 57-55.
"This is the first time we have beat them at Santa Clara
since 1986," boys' coach Jim Hall said. "It was a great
team effort. Our defense was awesome. "
Junior Garrett Stroup led the team with 18 points, six assists,
and seven rebounds. However it was his two free throws in the
last seconds of the game that brought Nordhoff to the win. Jordan
Swift and Scott Nash added 10 and 11 points, respectively, to
the Ranger score.
Though the boys' season is over, the girls will go to California
Interscholastic Federation playoffs next week.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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