• Girls Basketball: Strong Second Half Propels Pacific Grove to Second Round of CCS Division IV Playoffs

    – Jon Charron –

    “Our coach believes in defense,” is what sophomore Allie Patton said after Pacific Grove knocked off Oceana 52-39, in the opening round of the CCS division IV playoffs Tuesday night [02-24-15].

    Breakers getting amped up before their 1st round CCS division IV game against Oceana

    Breakers getting amped up before their 1st round CCS division IV game against Oceana

    After the way the Breakers played in the second half, it looks like more than just head coach Ken Ottmar believes in defense. With the game tied at 22-22 early in the third quarter, the Breakers shut down Oceana. They held the Sharks to zero points and created five steals during the last six minutes of the quarter. Offensively, Jessica Matthews kick started the 11 straight Breakers points, by making a reverse layup. Mackenzie Bell then followed Matthews up, with 7 straight points of her own, including a 3-pointer. Bell had a great last three minutes in the third quarter. She scored 7 points, grabbed a rebound, had a steal, and capped it all off with an assist to Christina Lucido, who hit the shot, before the buzzer ended the quarter.

    In the first half, it was the Jessica Matthews and Allie Patton show for the Breakers. At least on the offensive side. Matthews and Patton combined for 16 of the Breakers 18 first half points. “Offensively, it looked like me and Jessica were the only ones scoring, but I definitely believed that our other 3 on the court were definitely contributing on defense,” Patton said. “That was a big deal for us on defense.”

    While the Breakers only put up 18 first half points, it was that strong defense that allowed them to take an 18-17 lead into the half. Christina Lucido was one of the players who made major contributions on the defensive side, when she stepped in front of a charging Oceana player, to draw the foul. It was a big play for the Breakers, and it helped keep the momentum on their side, as they went into halftime.

    Taking a 33-22 lead into the fourth quarter, the Breakers looked to close out the Sharks. MTAL all first team selection, and senior Jessica Matthews, helped with cause. Matthews scored 13 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter alone, including three 3-pointers.

    Jessica Matthews led the Breakers with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Allie Patton had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mackenzie Bell chipped in 9 points.

    The Breakers (19-6, 12-2) next play at Half Moon Bay (19-7, 9-3) on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

    Box Score

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Oceana 9 8 5 17 39
    Pacific Grove 10 8 15 19 52

    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

    0

    3

    0

    1

    0

    0

    Christina Lucido

    2

    0

    0

    0

    1

    0

    0

    4

    Lela Hautau

    0

    0

    0

    2

    0

    1

    0

    0

    Mackenzie Bell

    3

    1

    0

    4

    1

    1

    0

    9

    Allie Patton

    7

    0

    0

    10

    4

    4

    1

    14

    Jessica Matthews

    7

    3

    0

    12

    2

    1

    0

    23

    Sophie Lowell

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    Natali Baratashvili

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2

    0

    2

    Elena Doss

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    Jade Greathouse

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    0

    0

    2

    Follow on Twitter: @jonwaynecharron

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 25, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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