Father Lopez defeated the Mainland Lady Buccaneers 56-40 in a tough, physical game Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Lopez Catholic High School.
The Green Wave began the game hot from three-point range, knocking down five in the opening quarter. They led 19-10 after the first quarter.
The second quarter was where the physical play picked up, when both teams had players consistently go to the floor hard, attempting to rip the ball from the other team.
The game was delayed for 35 minutes, due Madison Patrick falling and hitting her head, as she and a Mainland player fought for the ball.
The Lady Bucs tried to make a run in the fourth quarter, pulling within seven points, but technical and hard fouls kept them away from threatening the Green Wave’s lead.
“That was a rough one,” coach Brad Ridenour said. “Both teams are physically tough, but the game changed when Madison went out the game. She’s our best rebounder, but our girls handled adversity and made all their free throws when it counted.”
Selena Perez led the Green Wave with 14. Madison Camporese had 13 and Elle Cloer 11.
Nakia Carlson led the Buccaneers with 12 points. Michella Green had nine, and Elaianna Jones 8.