FREMONT – Fremont Ross coach Juan Vela even acknowledged his team’s win over Toledo Woodward wasn’t the prettiest.
The Little Giants made just 16-of-70 (22.9 percent) but forced 40 turnovers in a 46-22 victory over Woodward on Tuesday.
“It was nice to come out and I think the girls played well,” Vela said. “I think we just made more plays than them.”
Ross (2-8 overall) led just 4-2 early on but strung together an 11-2 run through the rest of the first quarter and the first 15 seconds of the second. The shooting woes started early for the Little Giants, making just 4-of-19 shots in the first quarter.
Angela Johnson scored for the Lady Bears (3-9) to cut the lead to 17-8 with 5 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter but Ross scored the next eight points to open a double-digit lead. A series of turnovers late in the second quarter allowed Valarie Samson to nail one of her three 3-pointers. Matallyn Overmyer then scored and Ross took a 30-10 lead into halftime.
“We had lots of turnovers and that’s been our downfall all year,” Woodward coach Tom West said. “Our guards just aren’t as strong as I’d like them to be.”
Each team struggled in the third quarter. The teams combined to make just 4-of-19 shots and had 17 total turnovers. Each team scored just five points.
Ross was able to empty out its bench in the fourth quarter, getting some varsity time in a victory for girls that wouldn’t otherwise see time.
“Whenever you can get a win at the varsity level, it’s a good thing to see the girls laughing and having fun,” Vela said. “It’s nice to end the night on a positive note.”
Samson topped Ross with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds while Lexi Holmes scored seven points. Overmyer grabbed six rebounds for the Little Giants.
“Valarie was our most consistent scorer,” Vela said. “I think she’s starting to shoot like she can. We know what she’s capable of.”
Robin Dowdy topped the Lady Bears with seven points while Cierra Stamper had five points and nine rebounds.
“We don’t manage the press well and it’s common knowledge around town to press Woodward and we’ll make turnovers,” West said. “I told the girls that what doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger. Hopefully this will too.”