Samantha gets 14 . . .
Jaguars finish undefeated, 24-18
Kaitlyn Abarientos and Samantha Martinez combined for ten points in six minutes to propel the Jaguars to a 10 point first quarter lead, a 24-18 win over the Leopards, and an undefeated regular season.
But, it wasn’t as easy as it might at first seem because as hot as the Jags were in those six minutes, the next 15 were scoreless while the Leopards changed their attack to get the ball to sharpshooter Olivia Zoll on the wing and, with Caroline Connoly’s free throws, stormed back to trail by just three at the half.
Abarientos and Martinez started the second half the way they had started the first as Abarientos found Martinez open in transition for several assist passes which led Martinez to a free throw followed by a layup in transition followed by two more free throws, all in a space of three-and-a-half minutes. The Jaguars were up by six and the Leopards were in timeout.
When the Leopards call timeout, they mean it. They have a reason and a purpose. Against the Jaguars, they found a weakness and with Connoly and Julia Schermer getting into the key, the Leopards got back to within just two possessions with two minutes remaining. The teams traded scores the rest of the way.
Martinez had 14 points and Abarientos seven to lead the Jaguars.
Zoll scored six while Connoly and Marissa Ybarra had five for the Leopards.
O Zoll 6
C Connoly 5
Marissa Ybarra 5
J Schermer 2
Shooting: . . . . . 7/47 . . . . . . 15%
Free throws: . . . 4/14 . . . . . . 29%
S Martinez 13
K Abarientos 7
R Cafarelli 4
Shooting: . . . . . 8/58 . . . . . . . 14%
Free throws: . . . 8/17 . . . . . . 47%
Plascenia races to 14 points . . .
Panthers break away, 30-18
Ayako Plascenia scored twelve points in the first half, and six of those in the final 52 seconds, to help the Panthers take a halftime lead enroute to their second win, a 30-18 final over the Bearcats.
After a quick Panther start, Sophia Parmisano gave the Bearcats momentum with a calm three-pointer from the right wing to tie the score. Moments later, Faith Stockton gave the ‘Cats their only lead when she connected from the left lane.
The Panthers posted nearly identical third and fourth quarters as they held the short-rostered Bearcats scoreless for six minutes in the first five minutes of each quarter and Natalie Bautista scored all eight of her points and the Panthers moved to a comfortable lead.
Despite the loss, the Bearcats finished in second place in the 2015 Wildcat League.
Tatiana Morales posted eight points and Parmisano five for the Bearcats.
Bautista entered the game tied for the league scoring lead but opted to throw baseball assist passes to Plascencia breaking in transition in the first half before shooting behind a flare screen for eight points in the second. She finished the game with eight points while Plascencia led all scorers with 14.
T Morales 8
S Parmisano 5
F Stockton 3
V Tovar 2
Shooting . . . . . . . . 7/61 . . . . 12%
Free throws: . . . . . 3/8 . . . . . 38%
A Plascencia 14
N Bautista 8
J Lopez 4
N Paler 2
J Magana 2
Shooting: . . . . . 15/48 . . . . . . . 31%
Free throws: . . . . 0/3 . . . . . . . . 0%