Santa Ana High School's girls' basketball team, trailing after the first quarter, switched defenses and its fortunes and went on to a 53-37 victory at Laguna Hills Thurday in a nonleague game.
Laguna Hills took a 17-12 first-quarter lead against the Saints' man-to-man defense.
But Santa Ana switched to a zone in the second quarter and outscored Laguna Hills, 16-5, to take the lead for good, 28-22, at halftime.
"The zone seemed to open up a lot of things for us," said Coach Jeff Watts of his team's first victory. "A lot of those points came off turnovers and steals."
Trina Bruce and Gracie Lopez each scored six points in the quarter. Bruce finished with 15 points, Lopez with 12. Mona Martinez scored 10 for Santa Ana (1-2).
In nonleague games:
Fullerton 65, Kennedy 53--Sharon Spadt scored 21 points and Jennifer Comstock and Sabryna Welch had 19 points each for the Indians (4-4) at Kennedy. Welch, a senior, also had 16 rebounds before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Michelle Harris scored 17 points for Kennedy.
Magnolia 73, Sonora 27--Rena Rossoll scored 30 points and had 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, and teammate Dawne Borum scored 28 points and had 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots for the host Sentinels. Lisa Williams had 6 steals, 9 rebounds and 3 points for Magnolia (6-2).
In the Savanna Tournament:
Marina 61, Mater Dei 47--Dawn Charroin had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Marina in one semifinal game. Allison Krause added 11 assists.
Marina (8-1) plays El Toro in the championship Saturday at 7 p.m. El Toro defeated Redlands, 73-47, in the other semifinal.
In the Garden Grove Tournament:
Capistrano Valley 61, Costa Mesa 31--Holly Anderson had 16 points and 19 rebounds for Capistrano Valley in the semifinal game. Shelly Zierhut added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Heather Shoeny 10 points for Capistrano Valley (5-4).
In the El Dorado Tournament:
Downey 62, Canyon 45--Despite Lisa Ino's game-high 17 points, the Comanchees lost to Downey in one semifinal. Shannon Hawkins scored 16 points, Pam Crampton had 14 and Heidi Crammer 12 for Downey, which will meet the winner of tonight's Pomona-Palm Desert game in Saturday's championship game at 6:30. Canyon will play tonight's loser in the third-place game Saturday at 3:30.
Whittier Christian 44, Notre Dame 35--Suzanne Colt scored 14 points and Angela Garza added 10 as Whittier Christian advanced to the consolation final. The Heralds will play the winner of today's Elsinore-El Dorado game. Notre Dame was led by Meika Wagner's 14 points.
In the Orange Lutheran Tournament:
Orange Lutheran 2, LaVerne Lutheran 0--LaVerne Lutheran couldn't field a team because all of its members were required to attend a mandatory military dance.