Etiwanda survives scare from Rancho Cucamonga

first_imgRancho Cucamonga then missed a layup, had a pair of 3-pointers blocked, and allowed a layup by Etiwanda’s Bree Bellamy (9 points). Upset averted. “We made a good effort,” Etiwanda coach Dawnesha Buckner said. “Again, everything was based off our own mistakes. “Etiwanda’s a good team, but it’s our mishandling balls, mishandling passes, missing free throws that cost us our chance of winning.” Indeed, the Cougars missed 10 of 27 free-throw attempts and committed five turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter. Fonua’s fouling out didn’t help, either. When Asia Auberry scored on a layup with 2:06 to play it brought the score to 42-40, brought the home crowd to its feet, and brought back memories of a 53-42 Etiwanda win on Jan. 12 that was a 5-point game late in the fourth quarter. But the Cougars, who at 12-7 overall and 4-4 in league sit in third place behind both Etiwanda and Los Osos, couldn’t score again. The Eagles (19-5, 8-0) came back on the other end with one of those frustratingly ambiguous block/charge calls. It went their way, Brianna Goss hit both of her free throws, and the Cougars’ top scorer, Ailine Fonua (12 points), fouled out on the next play. “She’s a big part of what we do,” said Buckner. “Her heart is in it.” The Eagles used an unusually balanced effort to win on a night when leading scorer Lyneeka Boyd contributed just six points. No player scored in double digits, but eight got on the scoreboard within an up-tempo offense. The 5-foot-9 Bellamy was particularly proficient on the offensive glass and teamed with 6-foot-2 center Brianna Goss to create second-chance opportunities. With two games to play, Etiwanda can finish its third consecutive season with a nifty 10-0 league record. The Eagles play host to Alta Loma on Tuesday and travel to Claremont on Thursday in a pair of 5 p.m. starts. Rancho Cucamonga gets a pair of home games to end its season, both at 5 p.m., against Claremont on Tuesday and Los Osos on Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img RANCHO CUCAMONGA – There’s something about Rancho Cucamonga that makes Etiwanda look utterly beatable. Forget that the Eagles’ girls basketball team is in the midst of a three-year winning streak in Baseline League play. Friday night’s 46-40 win over the Cougars was the second time this year Rancho Cucamonga nearly pulled a fourth-quarter upset. And this time, it was even closer. last_img read more