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TC’s team effort is too much for Denair

TC’s team effort is too much for Denair

Turlock Christian’s Marly Burton lays the ball over Denair’s Chelsea Wooten during Monday’s win over the Coyotes.

POSTED January 10, 2012 11:21 p.m.

Turlock Christian High hosted Denair High’s girls basketball team Monday night in another dominant performance. The Eagles (14-2 overall, 3-0 Southern League), who were without their star player Halie Bergman, won their fourth straight game, defeating the Coyotes (3-9 overall, 1-2 SL) 47-22.

“We all stepped up today,” TC’s head coach Edwin Santiago said. “As a team, they’re really gelling together; the chemistry is really good right now.”

From the onset it was clear the Eagles defense was going to give Denair trouble. TC consistently intercepted passes, blocked shots and stole the ball from the hands of Denair’s girls. The Eagles shut down the Coyotes’ offense for the majority of the first half, spurring a TC run of 18 unanswered points. By halftime the Eagles led 24-8.

After the half TC’s offense, led by Senior Natalie Snyder, continued to score, as Denair struggled to find the basket. Snyder finished the night with 16 points.

“I definitely felt a little bit of pressure, but I think we all stepped up,” Snyder said. “We had a really good team effort.”

TC’s next stop will be Le Grand High on Thursday where the Eagles aim to remain undefeated in league.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to continue to grow,” Santiago said. “I’m hoping for the same performance, as far as energy level and effort.”

As for Denair, they will face another tough team in Ripon Christian High on Thursday where they will attempt to keep their playoff dreams alive.

To contact Frankie Tovar, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.

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