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Holiday Prep Classic victory a perfect tonic

12/26/2013, 7:21pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Madison Adams of Mission Hills did not feel all that well the day after Christmas.

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Madison Adams did not feel all that well the day after Christmas thanks to a bout with the flu.

But last year’s “sixth man” on the Mission Hills girls basketball team is now a starter, and, in her mind, that includes showing up for games no matter how bad you feel.

By the end of Thursday’s opening game of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic at Westview High, previously undefeated and No. 4-ranked Mt. Carmel felt worse than Adams.

The 5-foot-8 forward-guard scored 12 points in a 21-12 outburst in the third quarter to break open what had been a close game in the first half as the Grizzlies posted a 59-47 victory in pool play of the WNBA Division.

Mission Hills (5-2) held a slim 25-24 lead at halftime but trailed 28-27 on Casey McWilliam’s layup with 6:08 left in the third quarter.

The Sundevils (6-1) surrendered the next 17 points, including all 12 of Adams’ points in the quarter.

“We wanted to make them give up as early as possible,” said Adams, who finished with 22 points and six rebounds. “They gave up in the first quarter, but we let them off the hook.”

Adams’ last basket pushed the lead to 44-28.

“Both teams had a Christmas hangover at first,” Mission Hills coach Chris Kroesch said. “We had a pretty run in the third quarter, something that we’ve done a few times this year.

“Once Madison got going, we were all good. She’s a pure scorer who is also a pure shooter. That combination is rare.”

Freshman Khayla Rooks wound up with 18 points and five rebounds for Mission Hills in a game where the lead changed hands nine times.

McWilliam, a sophomore who tried to keep the Sundevils in the game with 19 points through three quarters, finished with 22. Senior Ali Engelhardt had 13 points and six rebounds.

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