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Defense dominates as Eureka girls win their season opener

The Eureka girls dominated defensively on the way to a comprehensive 61-18 win over John Swett in their season opener in basketball on Friday night.

The Loggers came out strong and never looked back, opening up a 27-0 advantage in the opening quarter and leading 42-6 at halftime.

“It was a suffocating defense that contested every shot and caused multiple steals for easy transition layups,” Eureka head coach Cliff Napoleon said.

The defense was led by guards Kira Morris and Moriah Bowles at the top of the zone, with both players “forcing multiple turnovers and tipping pass after pass,” according to the coach.

Claire Maples, Kaitlin Giacone, Aniah Gaither and Mariah Napoleon each also played well defensively and the coach believes that with the size and length this team possesses, the zone is going to be fun to watch.

The Loggers continued to dominate in the second half, with Marin Matteoli and Amaya Gee coming off the bench and turning in strong performances.

“They came in and performed great,” the head coach said.

Giacone led the way offensively with 16 points, while Gaither added 14 points and both Morris and Napoleon chipped in 9.

It was also a physical game at times.

“Swett was very aggressive and there were multiple — and I mean multiple — fouls that were not called,” Cliff Napoleon said. “The girls have multiple scratches, some blood, and one of the players even took a karate chop to the throat, no call.

“Through it all they held their composure and stayed the course, you have to tip you hat to this group.”

The Loggers play Alhambra on Saturday.

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  1. Disagree with the assessment… more like someone scheduled an uncompetitive match-up…

    >“It was a suffocating defense that contested every shot and caused multiple steals for easy transition layups,” Eureka head coach Cliff Napoleon said.

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