Lights out in opening game


Sophomore forward Michelle Garrison shoots a jumper and scores two points for El Camino. The Warriors won 75-45 over the Fullerton Hornets on Friday in their season opener.Photo credit: Charles Ryder.

Between hot shooting and even more hot shooting, the Warriors looked the part of a team on a mission for a successful season on Friday in their opener as they defeated Fullerton, 75-45.

Sophomore Faith Matsuda scored 12 points to lead two players in double figures.

“You never know with first games, it’s just such a mystery,” coach Steve Shaw said. “I was happy with the result and happy with a lot of things during the game, but of course we have a long ways to go. However, this was a good start.”

After jumping out to a 16-point lead in the first half, the Warriors never looked back as they rained down an onslaught of three pointers in the second half.

The 30-point margin of victory was a testament to their display of dominant shooting.

Clarizzah Macatugal shot 5 for 9 with 12 points, Sydney Chase and Matsuda both had 12 points all coming from the 3-point line for the Warriors, who as a team shot 50 percent from long distance. The diversity of their offensive execution was facilitated by 20 assists.

“The game went pretty well, we shot ball really well,” Matsuda said. “We moved the ball around and that allowed for us to get open shots.

Chase came off the bench immediately helping in the dominate victory with a barrage of 3 pointers.

“I feel good about being the spark off the bench,” Chase said. “I get to watch and see what the offense may need.”

The Warriors can also attribute this win to the 28 turnovers they forced and by out-rebounding Fullerton by 17, however, they turned the ball over 29 times themselves.

Shontalene Trudeau grabbed down 13 rebounds and Michelle Garrison chimed in grabbing 12 of her own.

“We had too many turnovers, we have to take care of the basketball,” Shaw said. “There was a lack of patience in our offensive execution which caused us to turn the ball over. We can shoot the ball pretty well so that causes some of the times to be impatient, but we can also dominate around the basket.”

Now that the season is underway and the Warriors have a recorded a ‘W’ in the win column, they can now put the anxiety away.

“I’ve been anxious, but very excited for the season to start,” Macatugal said.