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Troy Pushes Tempo, Tops Perris, 82-45

March 09, 2003|Martin Henderson

Amanda Livingston played in her fourth consecutive Southern Section girls' basketball championship Saturday at the Pyramid, and the UCLA-bound senior went out in style.

Alongside a junior, sophomore and two freshmen in the starting lineup, the 6-foot-1 Livingston scored 24 points to lead top-seeded Fullerton Troy to an 82-45 Division II-AA victory over third-seeded Perris.

It's the second title for Livingston, who had plenty of help as Troy (27-2) beat the Panthers (25-6) at their own up-tempo game.

Perris had scored 72 points or more 19 times this season, but Troy matched the second-highest championship-game total in history. Santa Maria St. Joseph scored 86 points in a Division IV-A final in 1991.

Freshman Sara Yee had 10 points and 12 assists, junior Meghan McGuire had 20 points and sophomore Nicole Hayman added 12.

Livingston, who had 18 points at halftime, finished 10 of 14 from the field and five of six from the free-throw line.

"This is the first game all five starters played well together, and when we do that, the outcome is obvious," Livingston said.

Tay Hester led Perris with 20 points.

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