STOCKTON — Edison ended the first quarter on a 9-0 run Monday night over visiting Weston Ranch and carried the momentum into the second, extending that run to 16-2 on the way to a 50-40 non-league for the Vikings at Taggart Gym.
The Cougars (4-2) had no problems drawing fouls – they were 9 of 14 from the free-throw line in the first half, but then things went cold. Very cold.
Weston Ranch managed to convert only three of 15 free throws in the second half and was having problems from the field as well, sinking just two field goals field in the fourth quarter.
“We missed free throws and we missed jump shots,” Cougars coach Chris Bauer said. “And that hurt us.
“Then, we would get a rebound at either end of the floor and they would take it away from us. That caused us to get rattled in our head a little bit and we couldn’t recover.”
Even with the powerful first-half run Edison (5-2) led only 29-25 at halftime and Weston Ranch came within 32-35 before the Vikings went on another big run, extending their lead to 44-35 midway through the fourth period.
“We cut the lead to three points twice and we couldn’t get over the hump,” Bauer said.
The Vikings had their control problems as well.
“We had two teams that like to pressure and run up and down the court,” Edison coach Damion McMiller said. “But then we just got sloppy.
“We were playing in front of the home crowd and wanted bragging rights for the city, but we had problems taking care of the ball.”
Elisabeth Alexander scored 11 points for the Cougars with teammates Kelli Laughlin scoring eight points and Victoria Gulley seven. Alexander, Laughlin, Gulley and A.J. Brown all had five rebounds apiece.
Weston Ranch 45, Edison 37
After holding the Vikings to just two first-quarter points the Cougars were forced to battle from behind in the fourth quarter to pick up the win.
Elysia Hernandez led Weston Ranch with 14 points followed by Jennifer De La Cruz and Sianne Singharath with 11 points each. Hernandez notched an unconventional double-double with 11 steals and Jyriaynna King led the Cougars with five rebounds.