TEMPLETON -- The Templeton Eagles girls basketball team has been on fire as of late. After defeating Santa Maria at home on Wednesday, the girls have now won four straight games and nine of their past 10.
Overall, the Eagles are 16-4 on the season and 10-1 in league. Offensively, the Eagles swing the ball around the court beautifully and their shooters have started to get hot. In Monday night’s game against rival Morro Bay, Junior Camryn Roth exploded for 37 points in what turned into a 20-point blowout victory.
Roth stayed hot on Wednesday night draining four three-pointers in the first half and finishing the game (4-6) from deep. Roth also pulled out a James Harden-esque Euro step in the beginning of the second quarter.
“Well last game I really got into my groove and so this game I guess it carried over,” Roth said after the win.
Templeton’s game against the Saints started as a track meet for the Eagles. They quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead after forcing a few turnovers and pushing the ball down the court with pace. Santa Maria tried to press the Eagles full court, but the passing and ball handling of Roth, Julia Aurignac, and Haley Hurdle easily broke free for easy buckets.
“We moved the ball really well tonight,” Head Coach Shawn Koehler said. “We were unselfish with it and, you know, when we move it we usually get open looks, and we did a really good job of that. Defensively, they rebounded better, closed out a little bit better and boxed out a little bit better.”
Already up 30-9, the Eagles went on a 14-0 run with Roth’s fourth three making the score 44-9 just a few minutes before halftime.
Aurignac finished with a double-double, scoring 16 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and also dished out five assists. Roth also finished with 16 points while Hurdle, who is dealing with a hurt shoulder, scored nine.
Not only did every girl on the bench play on Wednesday night, but eight of the nine also scored. The Eagles ran away with the victory 63-23 and sat their starters for most of the fourth quarter.
“Vanessa [Urciuoli] actually has an amazing shot but she doesn't really get to show it in the games, so we tried to get her open,” Roth said of Templeton’s strategy in the second half. “Hope [Erwin] is young, but she is going to get there so we were trying to get her the ball too.”