It was straightforward to identify Serra Excessive’s starters.
After four gamers have been suspended for an incident at college earlier in the day, the Conquistadors have been down to only five players in uniform Tuesday for their San Diego Section Division I women basketball playoff opener towards visiting Santa Fe Christian.
What they wanted was a clear recreation from the remaining players.
Not that the Eagles have been a lot better off as they have been right down to seven as a consequence of accidents to 3 common players.
Speak about a numbers recreation.
Getting scorching from the surface after a dismal first quarter once they related on just one in every of seven attempts past the arc, the Q’s steadily pulled away for a 72-38 victory with each player logging 32 minutes.
Main the best way for Serra (13-9) have been Angelica McBride and Salma Youngblood, who scored 20 points every and Lailani Phillips, who collected 15 points — all on 3s. Nia Glenn had 12.
“We came upon in the afternoon (that the 4 gamers can be unavailable for one recreation) and the remainder of us texted one another about it,” stated McBride, who added nine rebounds. “We used positivity and inspired each other.
“Before the game, coach (Corey Wright) advised us to loosen up, play our recreation and have enjoyable.”
In the long run, Serra related on eleven lengthy-range photographs, together with 4 straight within the fourth quarter, and no one dedicated more than two fouls because the No. 5 seeded Q’s advance to the quarterfinals Friday.
No. 12 SFC (7-19) misplaced its sixth straight recreation.
Freshman Ruby Valasek led the Eagles with 11 points and senior Natalia Navarro added 10.
Brand is a freelance author.