“We’re so used to controlling the pace of the game. That’s what we do,” said Talia Taufaasau. “And for a little while, we kind of let them control it and so that took us out of our offense.” With the offense on edge, it was the defense that kept the Cowboys (26-4) grounded and got the tempo back into the home team’s hands. As the third frame came to a close, Taufaasau made a basket to tie the game at 35-35, then Rachel Bowers followed with two points of her own to fully regain the lead. Gabby Sanchez stepped up in the fourth quarter to rattle off six points. “I think Gabby getting aggressive inside really changed the game,” said Haayer. “And I think that was the change in the game was gabby getting aggressive inside. They couldn’t guard her.”
FINAL. Canyon 53, King 44 pic.twitter.com/VAIl95L2mC— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) February 18, 2018
Saugus 58, Whittier 32The Centurions (21-7) are advancing to the CIF-SS Division 3A quarterfinals with the win over the Cardinals (18-11). “They worked hard and they know that they have a goal in mind to get to the finals in our division and they’re doing everything they can to get there,” said coach Jason Conn. Libbie McMahan led the team with 18 points. Monique Febles scored 12 and Eden MacKenzie chipped in eight. Maliah Sourgoose also added seven points. “(She) hit some big shots late in the game,” Conn said of Sourgoose. “She brings a nice 3-point shot. She’s got a very quick release.” Saugus will next play at Claremont on Wednesday at 7 p.m.