First published in the December 2 print issue of Pasadena outlook.

The La Salle College Preparatory women’s basketball team won their season opener at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 45-19, on Monday, November 18.
De La Salle first-year goaltender Kaden Cortes scored 16 points, including two 3-pointers, and took five rebounds.
“It was my first game in high school, it was a pretty fun experience overall. [FSHA] was a great competition; my team… also played really well, ”Cortes said. “I can’t wait to go to the playoffs, I hope. I think it would be really nice if we at least got there – if we went to CIF for our seniors. “
Second-year guard Audrey Chen also had a great game, registering the Lancers’ first double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, the team-high. She also had five interceptions.
“Audrey is one of our leaders – an All-CIF kid last year, the whole league, really came out as a leader and kind of got us on a bad patch there in the third quarter. “said Scott Wiard, La Salle head coach.
The Lancers’ dominating performance began with an 8-0 first quarter score behind the baskets of Cortes, junior guard Reese Wong and second-year forward Ryann Riddle.
La Salle (record 2-0 overall) also played a difficult defensive role, allowing FSHA (1-1 overall) to score a basket during the quarter.
Wong had nine points on a three-to-three point record with six rebounds, six assists and five steals, while Riddle had eight points and five rebounds.
“Reese Wong had a three threes in the first quarter – that’s what you’d expect from a three-year-old. She’s played more games than all the rest of the team put together, ”said Wiard. “In [Riddle’s] first game at university level, she really showed some of her versatility. I’m really happy with what she did.
In the second quarter, the game was finally decided when Cortes’ second 3-point scorer gave the Lancers a 22-6 lead with 38 seconds left as the FSHA couldn’t recover from the large deficit. . Meanwhile, the Lancers kept the Tologs averaging less than five points per quarter and topped the FSHA in each quarter.
La Salle second-year forward Avery Ward scored a point with seven rebounds, second-year guard Aubrey Ramos had a rebound and an assist, junior forward Meghan Christensen had two rebounds and a steal, and junior guard Daniella Romero scored a rebound.
“Always good to win first,” said Wiard. “I thought we were good defensively tonight which is a good way to set the tone for the rest of the year.”
Tologs senior Faith Ellis recorded six points, a record for the team, while junior Meghan Garrity scored five points, including the only 3 points from FSHA.
“Faith Ellis will always be our leader on the court. She’s running the pitch, she’s a defensive brake, a big inside presence – we expect a double-double in every game, ”said Ty Buxman, FSHA head coach. “[Garrity] is perhaps our fastest player on the team and always brings energy. She can change the character of the game just with her presence on the pitch and that’s definitely something we want her to do. We know that whenever she’s on the pitch, she’ll bring it.
FSHA junior Celina Maduka scored four points while her senior teammates Isabella Cao and rookie Ava Nawrocki each scored two points.
The Tologs’ best quarterback came in the third as Garrity, Maduka and Cao all found their way to the net, scoring a total of eight points.
“It’s a whole new team,” Buxman said. “We have a lot of feedback, but we also have three or four key players who are new, so we’re just trying to figure out how to fit them in and get used to each other.”

La Salle 51, Rio Hondo Prep 30
The Lancers beat host Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep, passing their opponent in three of four quarters and forcing 18 turnovers in the non-league victory.
Wong and Chen scored 14 and 13 points respectively, including one with 3 points each. Wong was a perfect three-for-three from the foul line while adding three assists, and Chen registered six rebounds.
Ward recorded a team-high six points and 19 rebounds, while Riddle scored 12 points with nine rebounds.
Cortes had three points, three rebounds and three assists, Romero had two points and two rebounds and Christensen scored one point.