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Searching for points in girls basketball: Merced, Golden Valley struggle from field in losses

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES
Lauren Lilly, #11, of Merced scores in their game against Enochs on Thursday.
December 17th, 2009
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES Lauren Lilly, #11, of Merced scores in their game against Enochs on Thursday. December 17th, 2009 Merced Sun-Star

Points have been tough to come by for the Merced girls basketball team.

Brad Reed's girls came into Thursday night averaging less than 30 points a game.

It didn't get much better against Enochs.

Merced's poor shooting and costly turnovers helped Enochs pick up a 50-35 win.

"We had some inside looks, we just didn't put them down," said Reed, whose team dropped its sixth straight game to fall to 1-8.

"When you get those kind of shots you have to make them. That's been the story of our year so far."

Despite the lack of scoring, Merced found itself in the game at the half.

Lauren Kelsy managed to sink two first-half 3-pointers to help keep Merced within 21-17 at intermission.

However, Enochs center Clairesse Dehart took control in the second half.

Dehart dominated the boards, picking up 11 of her 16 rebounds in the second half.

Dehart created second-chance opportunities and helped set up some easy shots for Enochs (7-3).

"We just let them get position inside," said Merced forward Lauren Lilly, who led her team with 14 points and nine rebounds.

"We came off a good first half and then we slowed down in the second half."

Merced's poor shooting was evident at the free-throw line where it made just 13 of 28 shots.

Add on the turnovers that led to some easy baskets and Enochs built a 34-24 lead by the end of the third quarter.

"It's not a lack of effort," Reed said. "I keep telling the girls we just need to find a way to put the ball in the basket and, of course, we have to take better care of the ball.

"We're not a scoring machine at this point, and when you're turning the ball over that many times you're taking away good looks at the basket."

Merced never put a solid run together in the second half to put a scare into Enochs.

Dehart made all six of her free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 points to go along with her big rebounding totals.

MCNAIR 71,

GOLDEN VALLEY 36

The night didn't go much better for Golden Valley.

McNair's press was too much to handle as Golden Valley found itself trailing 50-18 at the half.

Briana Vaden nailed five 3-pointers on her way to a 23-point performance for McNair (6-0). Teammate Anna Nguyen added 21 points.

Vanessa Aleman led Golden Valley (4-7) with 10 points.

Nonconference

ENOCHS 50, MERCED 35

At Merced

Enochs 10 11 11 18 -- 50

Merced 8 9 7 11 -- 35

ENOCHS -- Brittany Arnold 8, Caitlyn Cook 1, Brya Sablan 8, Emily Krebs 1, Shanika Blunt 7, Janeya Satkamp 6, Taylor McCain 4, Clairesse Dehart 15. Totals: 15 19-26 50.

MERCED -- Brittany Lee 1, Amanda Campos 2, Lauren Lilly 14, Becca Schonauer 1, Misha Strong 5, Jealinda Mills 5, Lauren Kelsey 6, Brittany Huddleston 1. Totals: 10 13-28 35.

3-pointers: Enochs 1 (Satkamp 1), Merced 2 (Kelsy 2); Total Fouls: Enochs 20, Merced 17; Fouled Out -- None.

Records: Enochs 8-3; Merced 1-8.

MCNAIR 71, GOLDEN VALLEY 36

At Merced

McNair 19 31 19 2 -- 71

Golden Valley 8 10 7 11 -- 36

MCNAIR -- Briana Vaden 23, Aaliyan Monroe 2, Juanay Barnes 8, Anna Nguyen 21, Camille Thornton 2, Awanda Thornton 2, Awanda Quarles 5, Kiara Williams 2, Asheligh Headstrom 2, Shanequa McQueen 4, Asiana Scott 2. Totals: 27 7-11 71.

GOLDEN VALLEY -- Britney Plummer 3, Allyssa Jabson 6, Tori Johnson 6, Sam Martinez 1, Alanna Barazz 2, Kat Blake 4, Toni Moore 4, Vanessa Aleman 10. Totals: 11 13-22 36.

3-pointers: McNair 10 (Vaden 5, Nguyen 3, Barnes 2), Golden Valley 1(Johnson 1); Total Fouls: McNair 21, Golden Valley 9; Fouled Out -- None.

Records: McNair 6-0; Golden Valley 4-7.

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