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Le Grand in search of competition

LE GRAND -- Danny Crosby is looking for an opponent.

Three games remain on the Le Grand girls basketball team's regular season schedule, but Crosby has one contact left.

It presents him an opportunity to schedule one more quality opponent before Le Grand begins its bid for a section crown.

"Win or lose, we just want someone who is going to push us and help get us playoff ready," Crosby said. "We still have Mariposa left on the schedule -- and that should be a tough game -- but the rest of the league games aren't really going to help us."

Monday night's 79-38 victory over Denair was no exception.

Even with a slow start, Crosby's starters only played about half the game.

It's become a necessity for Crosby in order to avoid a controversy similar to the 100-0 thrashing that took place in Texas.

"We didn't really want to throw up 79, but it's tough to balance," Crosby said. "You don't want to show up another team, but you also want your starters out there staying sharp."

Remaining sharp heading into the playoffs is Crosby's biggest challenge.

His squad showed why on Monday.

Le Grand (12-0 SL, 22-2) stumbled out of the gate and sort of went through the motions in the first half.

A couple 3s by Miranda Flores helped Le Grand get going toward the end of the first quarter.

Jennifer Hansen took the torch from there, scoring 14 of her game-high 25 points in the first half.

"It's tough knowing that our league isn't as strong as we'd like it to be," said Flores, who finished with 13 points and five assists.

"But as long as we keep working hard in practice and pushing each other, I think we'll be ready for the playoffs."

After a quick chewing out by its coach, Le Grand turned up the intensity in the second half, blowing the game open with a 21-7 run in the third quarter.

Veronica Moreno led the charge scoring all 10 of her points in the second half.

Southern League

LE GRAND 70, DENAIR 38

At Le Grand

Denair 7 14 7 10 -- 38

Le Grand 18 21 18 21 -- 79

DENAIR -- Brittany Pinney 1, Mallorie Gallardo 11, Monica Jamero 7, Annie Anderson 5, Madison Norquist 3, Leana Werner 4, Shelby Tchantz 7. Totals 14 7-14 0.

LE GRAND -- Sonya Monzo 6, Miranada Flores 13, Jennifer Hansen 25, Cindy Wilson 4, Veronica Moreno 10, Monica Monzo 1, Presley Ringiesen 3, Bertha Granados 7, Britney Granados 7, Britney Sepian 4, Lena Mentzorf 7. Totals 32 7-11 79.

3-pointers: Denair 3 (Jamero, Norquist Anderson), Le Grand 9 (Flores 2, Hansen 3, Moreno, Granados, Mentzorf); Total Fouls: Denair 11, Le Grand 13; Fouls Outs: None.

Records: Denair 3-9 SL, 9-15; Le Grand 12-0 SL, 22-2.

JV -- Denair 42-34.

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