The California Pintos girls team (9-2) trailed the Rock Bridge JV Bruins, 4-3 early in the first quarter of their first-round game Jan. 7 at the California Girls Basketball Tournament.
But after the Pintos took a 8-4 lead, they pulled away and never looked back.
The Pintos led by as much as 47 points in the 77-33 win. The team hit 10 3-pointers in the win and Tristan Porter had 14 of the team's first 16 points.
The Pintos led 26-11 after the first quarter and 46-15 at half time. The Pintos had seven fouls in the first half, but all seven of those fouls happened in the first quarter, as the Pintos played strong, clean defense in the second quarter, as they only gave up four points.
It was the seventh win in a row for the Pintos and head coach Bobby Sangster said that the defense has been a key to their success.
"We are winning on the defensive end," Sangster said. "The girls are digging in and playing good defense and that is important to them."
Sangster said that the most important thing is that the team is playing unselfishly right now.
"We are talking to one another; we are helping each other on offense and defense and the girls are playing together," Sangster said.
By the end of the third quarter, California led 71-24 and finished with a 77-33 win.
Tristan Porter led the team with 22 points and made four 3-pointers in the first quarter. Gracie George had 16 points. And Quinn Albertson scored 10 points.
"Tristan came out and she had a little bit of a 'hot hand,' so we tried to run some things for her and the girls know to look for each other, when we have that," Sangster said.