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Eagles fall to Titans at home

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News & Paso Robles Press Templeton High School senior Shelby Sudbrink is honored on THS varsity girls soccer’s senior night at the THS gym before Tuesday’s game against Nipomo.

Templeton struggles through senior night

TEMPLETON —Tuesday’s game was no less than a disaster for the Eagles in the first half. The Templeton High School varsity girls basketball team watched Nipomo run away with the Los Padres League game. It seemed like the Titans could not miss, with 3-pointers and layups all finding the bottom of the net, and the Eagles could not buy a bucket.

On senior night of a tragic season, the game played out with a frenetic energy for the Eagles who just could not gather themselves fully as shots rattled in and out repeatedly, and Nipomo swarmed all over the ball.

Although THS junior Vanessa Urciuoli scored the first basket of the game, heading toward halftime, the Eagles struggled to pull within 10 points of the Titans. They lost the second half as well to fall, 52-36, in the final home game of the season.

The Eagles persevered despite looking up at an 14-2 deficit after 3:00. In the next minute, THS junior Julia Aurignac scored a three-point play with a bucket and a foul in the key to end the Titans’ 14-0 run.

The Eagles’ next shot came at the 1:37 mark of the first quarter, when THS senior Annie Elterman knocked down a 3-pointer to pull within 19-8.

When Templeton did score inside, it was hard-won against a vicious Titans’ defense.

Battles for loose balls on the floor and jump balls were regular occurrences throughout as there was no room for error, or even much room to breathe.

With 3:45 left in the first half, the Titans had mounted a 28-10 lead, but the Eagles were battling to hang in the game against a relentless full-court press.

Scrapping for points, Aurignac earned a foul and scored a pair of free throws.

Another two free throws by Aurignac pulled Templeton within 30-16, and THS freshman Ashley Hurdle converted two free throws to close out the half with the Eagles trailing, 31-18.

Through the second half, Templeton kept up with the Titans, but could not overcome the first-half deficit.

The final game of the season for the Eagles begins today at 6:30 p.m. in Lompoc against Cabrillo High School (13-0 LPL, 23-2 overall), with the Eagles sitting a game behind Nipomo and Santa Ynez, just out of fourth place in the LPL.

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