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Flintridge Prep outlasts Westridge

February 04, 2004

Erik Boal

Kenny Fisher approached Tuesday night's battle for Prep League

girls' basketball supremacy as if it were a prize fight.

The Flintridge Prep coach was hoping his squad could stay within

striking distance long enough against Pasadena Westridge to wear the

Tigers down in the game's final minutes.

So, Fisher relied on the experience of four of his seniors to hold

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Westridge in check through regulation, before two of his freshmen

stepped up to deliver the knockout punch in a 48-44 overtime victory

on the road.

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BOX SCORE

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Flint. Prep 9 6 11 10 12 -- 48

Westridge 7 10 7 12 8 -- 44

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FLINTRIDGE PREP

Toyama 16 and 6 steals, Watson 15 and 10 rebounds, Costner 8, Kimble 6, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks, Quan 2 and 6 steals, Wayne 1. * Three-pointers: none.

PASADENA WESTRIDGE

Weissman 18, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks, White 8 and 7 assists, Chang 7, Clark 5, Barnardo 4, Bridges 2. * Three-pointers: Chang 2, Weissman 2.

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Ninth-graders Jordan Toyama and Christina Watson combined for 31

points, including 10 of the Rebels' 12 in the extra period.

"It's big to win at their house," said Toyama, who tallied a

team-high 16 points -- including a 14-of-18 effort from the

free-throw line -- to lead the Rebels (16-4, 8-1 in league) to their

11th straight win.

"We realized that this could be our year, and that we need to do

this for the seniors. We've grown a lot as a team [since losing to

Westridge, 42-35, on Dec. 15] and we really mesh together."

And it was that type of chemistry and maturity that enabled

Flintridge Prep to rally from a three-point deficit with 2:07 left in

regulation to force overtime.

"The girls have been anxious to get it done and they were ready

for this one," said Fisher, whose squad ended Westridge's (12-2, 8-1)

11-game win streak.

"[Westridge] has a fine team, and we knew we had to play an almost

flawless game to get it done. But we've come a long ways, and this is

a good group."

A group that was sparked by the defensive efforts of seniors Lily

Costner and Jami Quan, who took turns guarding Tigers' leading scorer

Maddie Weissman.

"I started getting a little bit more confidence as the game went

on. And just the calmness of Jami and the other guards helped me a

lot," said Costner, who held Weissman (18 points) without a shot in

the fourth.

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