Camille Flores couldnt miss during Mondays practice.
The Golden Valley guard was shooting so well, coach Matt Thissen told her she might want to save some for Tuesday nights game with Pitman.
No worries, Coach, Flores had more than a few left in the tank.
The junior knocked down the first three 3-pointers she attempted, finishing with five on the night and a game-high 23 points as the Cougars cruised to a 49-28 victory over the Pride at Cougar Arena.
Coach was joking that I needed to save some, but I noticed during warm ups that I kept making them, Flores said. Hitting those first three shots was pretty awesome.
Coach told us we needed a good start, and I think we worked well together both defensively and offensively.
Coming off of back-to-back losses to Atwater and Buhach Colony, Golden Valley (11-10, 2-2 Central California Conference) got exactly the start Thissen had envisioned.
With eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, Flores did a little of everything, including her 3s in the games first three minutes as the Cougars opened with an 11-1 run. GV just kept shooting, knocking down 8 of 12 attempts in the opening quarter.
The Golden Valley defense didnt make things easy for Pitman (9-12, 0-4 CCC). The Pride turned the ball over five times in the first quarter and made just 1 of 15 shots as the Cougars built a 19-4 lead.
Flores all but put the game away by intermission.
She struck for 10 more points in the second quarter as GV pushed its lead to 22 at halftime. Pitman never got back within 18 points the rest of the way. Gurneet Sangha and Cady Riley paced the Pride with six points each.
The Pride switched to a box-and-one defense in the second half to try and negate Flores. That opened up the floor for other Cougars. Naomi Peterson had five of her seven points in the second half and Marissa Servantes finished with seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Camille definitely had the hot hand tonight, Thissen said. When shes shooting like that, we cant be afraid to ride her, and thats what we did in the first half.
This was a win we had to have. We challenged the kids on Monday and you could see the response in the first quarter.
I thought we pressed well, we played well in our half-court defense and we rebounded well. Those are the things this team need to do to be successful.
Sun-Star staff writer Sean Lynch can be reached at (209) 385-2476 or email@example.com.