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January 29, 2014

Girls: Windward Tops Sierra Canyon in Alpha Showdown





Windward Wildcats 61, Sierra Canyon Trailblazers 46

By Dave Rogahn

UCLA-bound Jordin Canada scored 25 points and USC-bound Kristen Simon had a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead Windward to a wire-to-wire win over host Sierra Canyon Tuesday night, lifting the Wildcats into first place in the Alpha League.

Windward (18-2, 4-0) led wire-to-wire, but Sierra Canyon kept the deficit to single digits most of the time until the final four-plus minutes when Windward finally pulled away. Simon scored on a putback to make it 55-44 midway through the final quarter, and added a free throw a bit later to push the lead to a dozen, and Canada scored on a pair of lay-ups in the final two minutes to secure the win for Windward.

After Windward began the game by scoring the evening's first four points, Sierra Canyon (19-2, 4-1) answered by scoring the next four points. But then Windward went on a 12-0 run, taking a 16-4 lead after Simon scored on a putback. Sierra Canyon got a lay-up from Zoe Goss in the final minute of the first quarter to cut the margin to single digits at 18-9.

Windward pushed the lead to 13 points at 22-9 after a driving lay-up by Canada and a short jumper by Emily Surloff to start the second quarter. But Sierra Canyon battled back, cutting the deficit to just five points on a 3-pointer by Cheyanne Wallace with 2:50 left in the half that made it 26-21, and got within four points a little later when Burke scored to make it 27-23 with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

Windward pushed the margin back to nine points on a 3-pointer by Canada and a short jumper by Alyssa Ramlochan to end the first half.

Sierra Canyon got a 3-pointer from Gabi Nevill in the opening seconds of the third quarter to again cut the deficit to six points at 32-26, but then Windward threatened to pull away. A 3-pointer by Chelsey Gipson and a driving lay-up by Canada pushed the lead to 11 points at 39-28. Then Canada split two free throws to make it 40-28. Canada made one of two free throws with 0.9 seconds left in the third quarter to push the lead to 13 points at 48-35.

Windward maintained a fairly comfortable lead throughout the fourth quarter. Sierra Canyon got within 8 points when Nevill made two free throws following a technical foul on Simon, making it 50-42 with 5:50 left. But that was as close as the Trailblazers would get. Simon's putback with just over four minutes left pushed the Windward lead back to double digits, and it stayed there the rest of the way.

Canada led all scorers with her 25 points, and she added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Simon had 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Surloff had 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Ramlochan also had 9 points and also grabbed 3 steals.

For Sierra Canyon, Wallace had a double-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Burke had 10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocked shots. Goss had 9 points, and Nevill had 8 points and a game-high 5 assists.

Box score

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 5:30 pm
At Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth
Alpha League - Girls

Windward 61:

3-Chelsey Gipson, SG - 2/13 fg, 4 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl, 5 pts
12-Jordin Canada, PG - 10/17 fg, 3/6 ft, 4 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 1 pf, 25 pts
21-Alyssa Ramlochan, SF - 4/5 fg, 1/3 ft, 2 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl, 9 pts
31-Kristen Simon, C - 6/17 fg, 1/2 ft, 17 reb, 2 blk, 3 pf, 13 pts
32-Emily Surloff, PF - 4/9 fg, 12 reb, 4 ast, 1 pf, 9 pts
2-Danielle Samuel, G - 0 pts
22-Tyler Collins, F - 0/2 fg, 1 reb, 0 pts
13-Jasmine Blevins, F - 0 pts
14-Linnea Rachlin, G - 0 pts
team rebounds: 4
Totals: 26/63 fg (.414), 5/11 ft (.455), 44 reb, 10 ast, 2 blk, 8 stl, 5 pf, 61 pts

3-pt fg (4): Canada 2, Gipson, Surloff
Technical Foul: Simon
Turnovers (13): Canada 4, Ramlochan 3, Gipson 2, Simon 2, team 2

Sierra Canyon 46:

1-Gabi Nevill, PG - 2/10 fg, 2/2 ft, 3 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 1 pf, 8 pts
4-Cheyanne Wallace, C - 6/15 fg, 13 reb, 2 ast, 3 blk, 4 pf, 13 pts
22-Kennedy Burke, PF - 4/14 fg, 1/2 ft, 10 reb, 3 ast, 4 blk, 3 pf, 10 pts
23-Zoe Goss, SF - 4/5 fg, 1/1 ft, 2 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl, 1 pf, 9 pts
35-Alexis Griggsby, SG - 2/10 fg, 2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 pf, 4 pts
11-Tori Nevill, G - 0/1 fg, 1 stl, 1 pf, 0 pts
3-Spencer Vinson, C - 0 pts
5-Mallory McElvain, G - 1 ast, 0 pts
21-Shivon Ganther, G - 1/2 fg, 2 pts
24-Emma Martin, F - 0 pts
team rebounds: 2
Totals: 19/57 fg (.333), 4/5 ft (.800), 32 reb, 13 ast, 8 blk, 4 stl, 11 pf, 46 pts

3-pt fg (4): G.Nevill 2, Wallace, Burke
Turnovers (14): Burke 6, Wallace 3, G.Nevill 2, T. Nevill 2, team

Score by Quarters:

Windward--------18-14-16-13 = 61
Sierra Canyon---09-14-12-11 = 46

Updated Records: Windward 18-2, 4-0 in league (ranked #5 in USA per MaxPreps)
Sierra Canyon 19-2, 4-1 in league (ranked #8 in USA per MaxPreps)

Windward went on a 12-0 run to lead 16-4 and led wire-to-wire.
Sierra Canyon was still within 9 at 53-44 midway through the fourth quarter.





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