Vista girls top El Camino to open league play, 59-46

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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It was a long and sometimes trying preseason for Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ basketball team.

A 59-46 win to start Capital Athletic League play Thursday against El Camino ended a lot of frustration for the Eagles, not to mention provided a big confidence boost.

The 59 points were tied for the second-most points the Eagles have scored this season. While Mia Perez scored 14 points and Lindsey Moody had 11, which were right around their season averages, Vista got big contributions from Ceonna Pipion, who scored 18 points, and Abbie Friessen, who finished with nine. The two players combine to average six points per game, but scored 27 in the league opener. Pipion was on fire from the perimeter, as she hit all five of her three-point attempts.

“We played very well, very consistently,” Vista coach Marty Benjamin said. “We got up 11-0 to start and scored between 14 and 16 points in every quarter. Having Ceonna and Abbie contribute offensively was the difference. We haven’t scored 59 points very often.”

The Eagles, 1-0 in league and 7-11 overall, benefited from three solid days of practice prior to the game.

“We’ve lost a lot of close game because of a poor performance in the first quarter,” Benjamin said. “Getting off to a good start was big.”

The Eagles, now face another big test this week. Vista plays host to Christian Brothers, (1-0, 10-6) on Tuesday before hosting Casa Roble (0-1, 3-13) on Thursday.

“Christian Brothers will be a tough game for us, and we’re going to have to play our best basketball to be competitive with them,” Benjamin said. “Whatever happens there, we have to rebound and take care of Casa Roble. El Camino and Rio Americano are the teams we’re competing against in league and for playoff positioning.”