La Cañada High girls' basketball wins city showdown versus Flintridge Sacred Heart

Basketball: Spartans outscore visiting Tologs, 14-4, in second quarter en route to 61-44 victory in Holiday Classic.

December 26, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,
  • La Cañada High's Courtney Chen gets around the defense of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Kelly Fradet in the pool play action of the La Cañada New Year's Ball Varsity Tournament on Thursday afternoon. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
La Cañada High's Courtney Chen gets around…

LA CAÑADA — Behind a strong second-quarter effort, the La Cañada High girls’ basketball team not only opened their own holiday classic tournament with a victory, but it did so at the expense of a crosstown rival.

By holding visiting Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy to one field goal in the second quarter, the Spartans established a sizable halftime lead and never looked back in a 61-44 victory in pool play action on Thursday afternoon.

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With the win, La Cañada (8-2) will face Hart (5-5) at 7 p.m. on Friday in pool play activity, while the Tologs (5-5) are in the preceding game at 5:30 versus Moorpark (9-2).

“We looked like we were passing well, moving well and finishing well at times,” Spartans Coach Tamar Hill said. “But then there were other times where it looked like the day after Christmas, where you have four days off and are rusty. But [there is] nothing like these tournament to shake off the rust.”


The Spartans led, 16-12, after one quarter, but both squads appeared to be in a holiday funk as they combined to start zero for 13 on field goal tries.

The first actual points scored in the second came off two free throws from Flintridge Sacred Heart’s Jenna Tran, who led all scorers with 21 points and eight rebounds, with 4:09 remaining in the quarter.

Unfortunately for Flintridge Sacred Heart, the two points would stand as the team’s only offense in the quarter until the final second of the first half.

In the meanwhile, the Spartans answered back with a slashing layup from sophomore guard Sarah Kurdoghlian (nine points and seven rebounds) at the 3:58 mark to extend La Cañada’s lead to 18-14.

The bucket keyed a 14-0 run capped by a free throw from Kurdoghlian with 1:04 remaining, which gave La Cañada a commanding 30-14 advantage.

“I think we just did a lot of helping the helper defense, which we’ve been working on a lot,” said Spartans junior guard Keilee Bessho, who led her squad with 12 points and two steals. “We’ve been working on our man defense. Coach Hill stresses that a lot. We just came together and helped each other a lot.”

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