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Lady Eagles fall to Placer, 62-31

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Vista del Lago’s girls’ basketball team has seen better nights than the one that they had on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles will be looking forward to putting the 62-31 beating at the hands of Placer High in their rearview mirror. 
 
Turnovers killed Vista, especially in the second half. Placer forced 16 takeaways—10 in the third quarter alone—and it haunted the Lady Eagles. Placer’s defense held Vista to 12 second-half points (just three in the fourth on three free throws) in dealing the Lady Eagles their second consecutive loss in as many nights.
 
“(Placer) ran their stuff crisp. They have a good coach and a good program. They looked like a good, tight team,” said first year Vista head coach Marty Benjamin.
 
Senior center Becca Stephens led the Lady Eagles with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. 
 
The Lady Hillmen took a firm command early in the first quarter, hitting seven of their initial eight field goal tries, en route to a 13-2 run over the game’s first four minutes. Placer’s Elena Daniel was 4-for-4, scoring eight of her team-high 12 in the opening period.
 
Placer’s deep rotation shot 45 percent from the field, including connecting on half of its 3-point attempts. Vista was only able to manage 25 percent shooting.
 
“We’re a work in progress,” said Benjamin. “Tonight was an aberration. We have some talent on this team. It’s a brand new offense that we’ve implemented this year so some of the girls are still learning it. Tonight was the first night that we’ve seen man-to-man. I think we’ve had some more success against the zone in our first five games.”
 
After beginning the season 4-0, this week saw two losses before the Lady Eagles will play in the Oak Ridge Tournament over the next few days.