Third quarter's a charm for YC girls in rout of Antelope
Coach Bill Wirtzberger said his Yuma Catholic girls basketball didn't start clicking until the third quarter against Antelope at the YC Gym on Friday.
And that was despite the Shamrocks scoring more than twice as many as the Rams.
But YC exploded in the third quarter, with 14 of their 22 points coming from Ashley Wirtzberger in a 70-36 win.
"During the third quarter, we just started getting aggressive," said Wirtzberger, who finished with a game-high 23 to go with 11 steals and five assists. "I don't want to say we would have won anyway, because we were all really out of it. We just needed something to wake us up."
Up only 14-11 in the second quarter, the Shamrocks (10-0 overall, 7-0 Class 2A West Region) closed the half on a 16-3 run, including 11 straight to start the spurt.
But coach Wirtzberger said he wasn't relaxed until the third quarter - in which YC outscored Antelope (7-5, 3-4) 22-9.
"We started a little slow," coach Wirtzberger said. "They played hard, you can't take that away from them. We weren't being aggressive enough, either.
"The second quarter, we still had the lead, but I wasn't comfortable," he said. "In the third quarter, I thought we played well."
Yuma Catholic had a discernible height advantage, a fact that showed up in the final rebounding stats. The Shamrocks had a 45-22 rebounding edge, including 24-5 in offensive rebounds. They outscored the Rams 20-0 on second-chance points.
Antelope coach Anna Delgado said the Shamrocks "are ranked No. 2 for a reason.
"From the second quarter on," Delgado said, "they were just getting it inside, getting it inside."
Maria Macias also had a double double for Yuma Catholic, scoring 14 and grabbing 11 boards of the bench. Lindsay Gregston was a rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points also, and Luisa Villalobos (11 points) missed one by two boards.
Antelope's Dayssy Maldanado scored 16 and grabbed six rebounds, both team highs.
Notes: YC took 63 shots compared to 34 for Antelope. The Rams did shoot 44 percent, compared to just 40 for the Shamrocks. . . . Wirtzberger shot 5-for-16 from long range for the Shamrocks, who shot 5-for-19 as a team. Antelope was 4-for-11. . . . The Rams committed 30 turnover, leading to 20 Shamrock points. Seventeen YC turnovers led to just six Antelope points. . . . . The Yuma Catholic lead peaked at 60-25. . . . The Shamrocks had four runs of seven or more straight points.