• Girls Basketball: Pacific Grove handles Soledad for their 8th Straight Win

    – Jon Charron –

    “No magic formula,” Pacific Grove head coach Ken Ottmar said after his team won their eighth straight game Tuesday night. “Defense,” is what Ottmar said has improved, and the reason they continue to win. [02-10-15]

    To start the game, the Breakers couldn’t buy a basket. On the opening tip, Jessica Matthews got the ball and had a lay-up that she missed, then Natali Baratashvili stole the ball and missed another open lay-up. After missing their first five field goal attempts, Allie Patton put back her own miss, to give the Breakers their first field goal of the game.

    While the Breakers shots were not falling in the first quarter, their defense was superb. They held Soledad to only 3 first quarter points, and took a 12-3 lead into the second quarter.

    The Breakers continued their strong defensive play, as they only gave up 4 second quarter points. The defense also racked up 5 steals in the quarter. Allie Patton finished the first half with 6 points and 6 rebounds for the Breakers.

    Down 17-7 to start the third quarter, the Aztecs needed to come up big. They scored a 2-point basket to start the quarter, but that would be the only points they would see the rest of the quarter. The Breakers scored the next 13 straight points, including an Allie Patton buzzer beater to extend their lead by 21.

    The Breakers had another balanced game, with eight players scoring. Allie Patton finished with a team high 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Mackenzie Bell added 9 points and 5 rebounds for the Breakers 38-21 victory over Soledad.

    Allie Patton takes a shot in the third quarter against Soledad

    Allie Patton takes a shot in the third quarter against Soledad

    With three games remaining, Pacific Grove must win out and get help from a Carmel loss, if they want to repeat as MTAL champions. “We’ve built on our 13-1 season from last year,” Ottmar said. “I talked a lot about steps, can’t leap frog.” The Breakers can’t worry about what Carmel is doing, even if they lose. The way Ottmar described it was profound. “It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t take care of what you need to.”

    The Breakers (15-6, 9-2) next play at Stevenson (6-11, 4-7) on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

    The last time these two teams met, Pacific Grove won 59-51. Jessica Matthews had 35 points and 17 rebounds in that game for the Breakers

    Box Score

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Soledad 3 4 2 12 21
    Pacific Grove 12 5 13 8 38

    Stats –

    Pacific Grove

    FGM

    3PM

    FTM-A

    REB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    Joslyn Morgan

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    Abby Burnell

    0

    0

    1-4

    1

    1

    4

    0

    1

    Christina Lucido

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    1

    0

    0

    Lela Hautau

    2

    0

    0-1

    7

    0

    0

    0

    4

    Mackenzie Bell

    3

    1

    0

    5

    0

    3

    0

    9

    Allie Patton

    3

    0

    4-6

    10

    1

    2

    0

    10

    Jessica Matthews

    3

    0

    0-1

    3

    1

    0

    0

    6

    Sophie Lowell

    1

    0

    2

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2

    Natali Baratashvili

    0

    0

    0

    2

    0

    2

    0

    0

    Elena Doss

    2

    0

    2-4

    0

    0

    0

    0

    4

    Jade Greathouse

    0

    0

    2-4

    1

    0

    0

    0

    2

     

    MTAL Standings League Overall
    Carmel 10-1 15-3
    Pacific Grove 9-2 15-6
    Santa Catalina 9-2 13-4
    Greenfield 6-5 9-11
    King City 4-7 7-13
    Stevenson 4-7 6-11
    Gonzales 1-10 4-13
    Soledad 1-10 1-18

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 11, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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