Brea Olinda pulls away from North girls basketball team with fourth-quarter run

  • Brea Olinda’s Casey Fust (13) battles with North’s Stacy Ajobiwe (11) in the second half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • North’s Rhe Nea Leach (15) drives to the basket against Brea Olinda’s Stephanie Lee (15) in the second half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • Brea Olinda’s Sydney Skipper (11) drives to the basket against North’s Stacy Ajobiwe (11), left, and Samantha Collins (23) in the first half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • North’s Tyzajanae Fuller-Calhoun (24) drives to the basket against Brea Olinda’s Casey Just (13) in the second half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Brea Olinda’s Stephanie Lee (15), center, battles against North’s Rhe Nea Leach (15), left, and Bailey Smith (22) in the second half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Brea Olinda’s Sydney Skipper (11) drives to the basket against North’s Kylee Smith (3) in the first half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Brea Olinda’s Stephanie Lee (15) battles with North’s Kylee Smith (3) in the first half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Brea Olinda’s Stephanie Lee (15) drives the ball against North’s Justine Soliva (21) in the first half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • North vs Brea Olinda in the second half of a non-league girls basketball game at North High School in Riverside on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Brea Olinda wins 55-48. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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RIVERSIDE >> The North girls basketball team was ready to pounce at the start of the fourth quarter. Brea Olinda had a perfect escape plan, however.

Brea Olinda was clinging to a four-point lead with 7 1/2 minutes on the clock. The Wildcats went on a 14-1 run over the next four minutes, all but sealing a 55-48 victory over North on Thursday in a nonleague game between CIF-SS Division 1-ranked teams.

“We weren’t making the right switching and our help-side defense was a little too late closing out on their shooters,” Huskies coach Leonard De Cound said.

The one who did the most damage was Brea Olinda senior guard Stephanie Lee, who knocked down five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points. The Wildcats’ ball movement provided Lee with open looks throughout the game, and Lee sank a pair of shots from long range to help Brea Olinda go up 53-36.

“We’ve been working really hard on our timing and our offensive efficiency,” Brea Olinda coach Stephanie Anderson said. “I think things went very well for about 3 1/2 quarters. … We did almost give the game away there near the end.”

North did answer with a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to five, but the Huskies simply did not have enough time to completely dig their way out of that hole.

Brea Olinda (7-2) came out firing, with Lee, Casey Fust and Ashley Gustafson each hitting a 3-pointer to help give the Wildcats an early 11-4 advantage.

North (7-1) stayed within striking distance, thanks in large part to efforts of Tyzajanae “Nae Nae” Fuller-Calhoun. The Hawaii-bound point guard used her quickness to create scoring opportunities, for herself or for her teammates. Fuller-Calhoun scored eight points during the second quarter for the Huskies.

North cut the deficit to four points on three occasions in the second half, the last coming when Rhe Nea Leach made two free-throws in the fourth period.

Brea Olinda scored on six of its next seven possessions to regain control of the game, six of the 14 points coming on slicing cuts and layups from Fust.

“It’s a learning experience, sure,” De Coud said of his team’s first setback. “It brings our heads down a little bit, but we definitely will bounce back.”

Calhoun-Fuller had seven points in the final run and finished with 18 overall. Leach had nine points and 11 rebounds, and Stacy Ajobiwe added 12 rebounds.

Fust finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Brea Olinda.

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