Lady Panthers Knock out Nogales

By Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson
February 20, 2013 • 730 views

Rosemead ran off the first 13 points of the game to deliver an early knockout punch and cruise to an easy 51-26 rout of Nogales Thursday night to advance to the second round of the CIF playoffs.

Nogales didn’t score a point until there was 1:37 left in the first quarter and trailed 15-2 after one. It didn’t get much better in the second as the Lady Panther defense limited Nogales to six in the quarter for a 25-8 halftime advantage. Rosemead came out in a trap defense that confused the Lady Nobles and resulted in the big early advantage for the Lady Panthers.

“We wanted to do that right off the bat – keep them in front of us and basically limit their shots,” said Rosemead Coach Jay Gauthier. “If they do get past it it gives them less time to set something up.”

Sarah Regan scored the first seven points of the game for Rosemead and had 10 in the first half.

Nogales finally managed a double digit quarter in the third with 12 but the Lady Nobles were still down by 16 after three.

Sydney Hua got it going for the Lady Panthers in the third quarter with nine points and added another six in the fourth including four for four from the line. Hua led all scorers with 19. She carried the Rosemead offense in the second half with Melody Gauthier injuring her finger.

“Melody got hurt in the first half. We’re hoping it’s just dislocated but we’re not sure,” Gauthier said. “She was out there mainly as a decoy so that kind of slowed it down a little bit. But Syd took over and made some great plays like she is capable of doing.”

Hua and the Lady Panthers outscored Nogales 15-6 in the final frame to put it away.

Gauther scored nine and Regan finished with 10, all in the first half.

For Nogales, Ashley Redmon led the way with 15.

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