Thousand Oaks High had not played a game for more than a week and a half and starting forward Lina Mascarenas had been fighting the flu, but an hour before the game the Lancers were relaxed, playing pick-up games and joking around.
Overconfident? No, that's just the way Coach Chuck Brown likes his team to prepare for games, even in the postseason.
"We take a nice easy warmup and then try to come out strong and emotionally fired up when the game starts," Brown said. "I've preached that to them all year."
True to form, the Lancers kept their cool and put together a well-balanced team effort. Thousand Oaks bolted to an early 20-4 lead and coasted to a 61-29 win over Warren in a 4-A Division game Saturday at Thousand Oaks.
Thousand Oaks center Barbara Tanner led a balanced attack with 18 points. Forward Cindy Wiley added 14 points and guard Amy Chandler had 12.