Eagles get big win to open league: Aurginac and Hurdle lead team late

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles Women’s basketball team is off to a hot start this season, entering league with a 6-3 record and have been beating teams that have traditionally given them trouble in recent years.

In a tournament, earlier this season in San Luis Obispo the Eagles blew out the Greyhounds and on Tuesday night they played a tight game with Lompoc that came down the to last minute.

The Eagles were led on the court by their senior captains Julia Aurginac and Hayley Hurdle, but  Head Coach Shawn Koehler coached an incredible game calling the right plays and defense’s late to get the Eagles the four-point victory 50-46.

The girls trailed Lompoc 20-26 at halftime but came out in the second half running a full court press. The added pressure made the Braves ball handlers make bad decisions, passing under pressure and Templeton forced three turnovers early in the third quarter.

“Our offense really wasn’t working,” Koehler said. “So we tried to create some turnovers and get some easy transition points and once we did that the tide seemed to turn a little bit and we were able to win.”

Templeton entered the third quarter down two points but held the Braves to only eight points in the fourth outscoring them 12-8.

With a few minutes left in the game Hurdle was sent to the foul line after drawing a whistle driving the lane. She hit both free throws to tie the game and after a Lompoc lay-up, Camryn Roth hit a three-pointer that gave the Eagles their first lead of the night.

Coming out of a timeout with less than 30 seconds on the clock, the Eagles had the ball at their own endline with a two-point lead and the game hanging in the balance. Templeton ran a series of screens and suddenly Aurginac was running toward the basket all alone like a receiver on a blown coverage in football. She caught the pass, took two steps and laid it into the hoop to seal the victory.

When asked if they were nervous or excited when coach Koehler called the play in the timeout Aurignac replied, “No excited, definitely excited! That is like our favorite play because it is a trick play and no one ever expects it to come.”

Both of the captains also mentioned that as seniors they have only ran that play three times but have won two games with it. This was the first time the Eagles have beaten the Braves in the past two years and sets up a big game on Thursday against Morro Bay.

“It’s huge,” Hurdle said. “To start off the season with a strong win, especially Lompoc. They are always a good team and we knew it coming in. So for us to come out and win and start league 1-0 going in to play Morro Bay, which is our rival, it’s something that we are really proud of.”

Aurignac finished as the leading scorer for the Eagles with 17 points and Hurdle and Roth both finished with 15.


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