Rebels’ run comes to end

first_imgLONG BEACH – The Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge girls’ basketball team fell one victory shy of its first sectional title in program history Saturday, losing 57-42 to Laguna Hills in the Southern Section Div. IV-A final at the Walter Pyramid. The No. 2-seed Rebels (24-4) entered with a 16-game winning streak, but they trailed the entire game against top-seed Laguna Hills. Freshman Lauren Engeln finished with 17 points and seven rebounds and Nicki Nakhaie added 16 for the Hawks (25-4), who extended their winning streak to 13games. Flintridge Prep cut an 11-point second-half deficit to 32-27 with 3:28 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Jordan Toyama. The Rebels remained within single digits until the final seconds of the third quarter, when Cori Williams converted a four-point play to put Laguna Hills ahead 41-29. The play sparked an 8-0 run for the Hawks, who won their first Southern Section title since 2000. “That four-point play deflated us a bit,” Flintridge Prep coach Kenny Fisher said. “We were doing a good job of keeping ourselves in the game at that point, and it put us right back in the hole. Laguna Hills put us away after that.” Courtney Robinson had a team-high 17 points for the Rebels, while Toyama added 13. The Flintridge Prep guards combined to make seven 3-pointers, but they also accounted for 12 of the team’s 17 turnovers. Laguna Hills committed just 11 turnovers, while shooting 37 percent from the field. Flintridge Prep made 27 percent of its field goal attempts. center_img “It hurts to see this season end this way,” Fisher said. “We thought we were good enough to win this one. It’s been a great run, though. There’s no reason for us to hang our heads.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more