Eagle girls double up Hounds on the hardwood

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Thursday marked the beginning of the San Luis Obispo Holiday Classic Women’s basketball tournament that will run through this weekend. The opening round of the tournament began on Thursday as cross-town rivals Atascadero and Templeton squared off.

The Eagles and the Greyhounds enter this season as two vastly different teams. Templeton has a great core of older and younger classmen who contribute great minutes to go along with their two senior captains. The Greyhounds enter this season with a very young team and with young teams come growing pains. Atascadero will start four sophomores and one senior this season, but Head Coach James Stecher still has confidence they can make a splash if they play the right way.

“We are starting four sophomores and a senior,” Stecher said. “But if we cut down our turnovers we can play with anybody.”

Templeton entered the game undefeated thus far in the season with a record of 2-0. The Greyhounds come into the Holiday Classic winless after dropping their first three games in the tournament they hosted last weekend.  

Templeton jumped out to an early lead on the Greyhounds with their captains Haley Hurdle and Julie Aurginac leading the way. After one-quarter of play, Templeton led Atascadero 17-4.

“It went pretty well, we really moved the ball effectively,” Templeton Head Coach Shawn Koehler said.  “We really tried to stop their inside game because they are so big. We put some pressure on their guards and slowed down their inside game because they can really tear us up inside.”

The Eagles had wrapped up the game by halftime and ended up more than doubling the Greyhounds score, winning 66-29.

“I thought we played really strong as a team,” Hurdle said. “There is always things we can improve on but we played really well and everyone got a solid amount of playing time which is good especially for our younger players.”

The big win sends Templeton ahead in the tournament and the season full of confidence.

“We are here to win definitely,” Aurignac said. “I think it is a really good start to our season and definitely will keep us going because of momentum. That's how it starts and that's how games start going and if you start losing, in the beginning, it's all downhill from there so I think it's important we won this game.”

The Greyhounds were overmatched but didn't help themselves by committing 26 turnovers and missing too many free throws. After the loss Coach Stecher mentioned that team needs to work on their patience going forward and stressed the importance of making free throws.


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