The Glendora High girls basketball team continued its dream season Saturday, cruising past Segerstrom 76-37 in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs.
The undefeated Tartans (28-0) will meet Upland at home on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.
While Glendora is having a magical season, coach Adam Nunemaker stresses it’s one possession and one game at a time for his team.
“I know it sounds cliché, but we really try not to worry about (being undefeated),” he said. “We just worry about the next game and try to go 1-0 every game. That’s where we are right now.”
Glendora started the playoffs 1-0 by controlling the game from start to finish with solid play both on defense and offense. Glendora never trailed as it jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, forcing four turnovers in the first two minutes thanks to a suffocating press defense. That press defense flustered the Jaguars into committing 25 turnovers.
“We come out really aggressive defensively and try to get the other team to make plays and if they do we’ll start to figure things out,” Nunemaker said. “Segerstrom is a team further away, not around us, not in our league and doesn’t see the things that we do, so we were going to take a shot at them and see if we could get them early.”
Glendora led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter. Sharp-shooting McKayla Tilton got hot from behind the arc in the second quarter. She buried three consecutive 3-pointers to give Glendora a 25-15 lead and hit her fourth 3 later in the quarter. She finished with 18 points – on six 3s.
Tilton has now made 103 3-pointers this season, which is a new school record.
Glendora finished the second quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 36-18 lead into halftime. That run was sparked by a 3-pointer from Michelle Can and ended with a layup by Alexis Lowden. Can finished with 16 points, hitting three 3-pointers, and Lowden added 13 points.
The Tartans started the second half on an 11-2 run to take a 47-20 lead in the middle of the third quarter. Kyra Zovak scored six of her 18 points in the run. She finished with a double-double, also grabbing 11 rebounds.
Nunemaker said he was pleased four players scored in double figures. He also added that his team’s balanced scoring makes it tough for opponents.
“(Zovak) did great for us down low,” Nunemaker said. “(Lowden) runs the show for us. (Tilton) hit six 3-pointers. (Can) is steady for us. When we need a shot, it seems like she’s the one who does it or she makes a great defensive play. My other starter, Kayla (Sera), plays great defense. She does a lot of things that don’t get noticed all the time in the box score. When my first two off the bench (Piatris Guirguis) and (Jorday Holmes) comes in, the energy level goes up for us. Not a lot of teams have that, I think.”
Glendora is trying to advance to its second straight CIF-SS championship game. Many players on this year’s team played on the team last year that finished the season with a Division 3AA title game appearance and berth in the Division III state playoff. Unfortunately for Glendora, both games ended in competitive losses.
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