El Camino Real point guard Kianna Hamilton-Fisher missed her first four shots of the game in her team’s West Valley League opener against crosstown rival Taft.
Hamilton-Fisher kept her composure in the second half and the Conquistadors overcame a slow start to defeat Taft at home 51-28. It was the second consecutive win for ECR earning a win over Harvard-Westlake who was ranked No. 2 in the state according to Max Preps.
Hamilton-Fisher who signed with Long Beach State in November during the early signing period finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
ECR (12-7, 1-0) finished the game with a 10-0 run after struggling eight of its first 10 shots in the first quarter.
“Once we started missing shots in the beginning our energy got a little down,” Hamilton-Fisher said. “Once we got our defense going, everyone got hyped up and then our offense started to work.”
ECR sophomore Rebecca Saidoff scored 10 points in the second half and seven different players scored for the Conquistadors. It was Saidoff’s first came back after suffering a concussion earlier in the season.
Despite the win, Hamilton-Fisher said her team needed to work on playing with a consistent intensity despite a slow start.
“We just need to do a better job of maintaining our energy especially early in the game,” Hamilton-Fisher said.
Taft (6-6, 0-1) was led by Ariana Quintana who scored eight points. Quintana also maintained tight pressure on Fisher-Hamilton in the first quarter.
Despite the loss Taft coach Mark Drucker said his team played “its best game of the season.”
“I was extremely pleased with my team’s performance,” Drucker said. “They played a tough game against a high quality Open Division team. We are going to be a team to be reckoned with in Division 1. If we come out and play the way we did, we are going to be a tough team to beat in playoffs.”
Written by Ethan Hanson