The Turlock Christian Lady Eagles dominated the court from the tip-off Monday night, defeated a hosting Delhi team, 69-27, in Southern League play.
“I was happy about how our girls came out to play; I think they played as a team,” Turlock Christian head coach Edwin Santiago said. “They worked hard from the first half and they didn’t play at any other level than what they are capable of. They set the rhythm for themselves and set the tempo, and played their game so I was proud of them for that.”
All but one player scored at least a point for the Eagles in a day that was filled with outstanding play from both sides of the court and all but two players tallied at least a steal against the struggling Hawks—totaling 34 for the game.
Cassie Balswick of TC led all scorers with 12 points and added on five rebounds, six assists and seven steals. Aimee Jones finished with 11 points, five boards, four assists and three steals.
While things weren’t necessarily perfect for the Eagles, the Hawks managed to come away with 28 steals of their own, but their inability to knock down easy lay-ups after turnovers became a storyline for the team that also lacks experience.
Delhi didn’t let up, but the quick first half surge for the Eagles became too big of a deficit for the Hawks, as they went into the locker room with a 27-point deficit at the half.
Leading the way offensively for the Hawks was Yanelli Reyes and Cynthia Aguilera, who scored 11 and 12 points, respectively.
As a team, Turlock Christian came away with 57 rebounds for the game, which proved their paint dominance. With a large lead in play midway through the third, coach Santiago subbed in a complete new five as he managed to play his entire squad.
“Some of our players that haven’t played got to play today. They’re a little rusty. Some injuries are tentative so I got to see how they are going and developing, but we still got a ways to go,” Santiago added.
Freshman Lauryn McIntire played in her first game at the varsity level, and managed to accumulate six points, seven boards, three assists and a pair of steals.
“She proved herself beyond our expectations and she is now officially on the varsity team," Santiago said about McIntire.
The Hawks of Delhi will travel to Waterford to square off against the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Next for the Eagles of Turlock Christian will be a home game against Ripon Christian at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.