first_img Norco lived at the free-throw stripe the rest of the game, making six of 10 tries which was enough tio put the game out of reach. Ayala struggled from the field, going just 3-of-15 in the third and 3-of-14 in the fourth. Junior standout Rebekah Gardner, who has already verabally commited to UCLA, had 19 points, but 12 of those came in the first half. She had a rather quiet second half, plagued by foul trouble. She is a great player so every team comes in thinking the key is stopping her, Norco coach Rick Thompson said. Cierra (Windham) did a great job denying her the ball. She can matchup with her in size and she has long arms so that was big. Getting her in foul trouble was the key because she had to play a little more carefully. Only four players figured in the scoring for Mountain View champion Norco. Windham was followed by Brittani Philbrook with 16, Howard with 12 and Philyaw with eight. Jasmin Holliday contributed 14 and Ariel Marsh added nine for the Bulldogs, who were Sierra League champions and seeded second in the playoffs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But it was Norco that surged past the host Ayala Bulldogs, 58-51. The Cougars (29-3) used their 60-55 loss to Miller in the CIF championship game as incentive. CHINO HILLS Something had to give. The Ayala girls basketball team entered Saturday s CIF-State Division II second-round game riding a 19-game winning streak. Its opponent, Norco, had won an equally impressive 26 of its last 27. Photo Gallery: CIF Round 2, Ayala vs. Norco center_img Our goal was to win a CIF title and we didn t do that, said Norco s Cierra Windham, who led all scorers with 22 points. We looked at this as our second chance. We really wanted it. It was a pivotal third quarter making the difference. Ayala (30-4) led 18-11 after the first quarter and 29-21 at the half. But Norco opened the third quarter with a 15-4 run, highlighted by a Kasey Philyaw 3-pointer that gave Norco a 36-33 lead. It led 40-37 heading into the final quarter. Ayala s last lead came at 47-45 midway through the fourth but Norco drew even on a pair of free throws by Windham with 3:02 left. Then after a Bulldog turnover, Windham scored on a putback, making it 49-47. Perhaps the key shot came on Norco s next possession. Ayala defended well but Philyaw threw up a 3-pointer from the wing just before the shot clock sounded, giving the Cougars a 52-47 lead with 1:57 to play. last_img