Santa Clarita Christian School’s Kelly Lotz was sporting a slight black eye heading into the game against de Toledo on Monday at SCCS. “Second one of the season,” the freshman said with a smile. “I love being aggressive,” Lotz continued. “I always like just want to play my defense and yeah, it happens a lot but it’s okay.” The Cardinals’ defense was a bruising one against the Jaguars, paving the way for a 60-8 win. Aaronya Crosswhite won the opening tip-off, which led to a Cardinals layup. Crosswhite then reached up for a steal and handed it off to Lotz, who took it into the paint for a layup that pulled SCCS ahead 4-0. Crosswhite finished the game with 14 points and Lotz added 10. “It’s just great to have someone who can come up and help feed the ball to each other,” Crosswhite said. “It’s really great to have another teammate who understands, who knows the game really well so we can help each other out on the court.” De Toledo was able to get on the board with four minutes left in the first quarter on a layup and was able to score three more points in the second quarter on a layup and a free throw. SCCS was able to extend its lead to 40-5 by halftime and was able to use their advantage to experiment with different lineups on defense in preparation for the upcoming Heritage League season. “(We’re) trying to rotate our sets, keep them off balance, a little bit of pressure,” said coach Dennis Schwesinger, “and still work on the defense we’ve been installing the last couple weeks and some extra reps on that. Mixing it up for what we’re going to see in league.” While the Cards’ defense was clogging up lanes against the Jaguars, the offense was creating new scoring avenues in the paint with major contributions from post players like Ella Banke, who ended the night with eight points. When she wasn’t scoring, she was boxing out de Toledo players with ease.