Ramona junior Katherine Mauldin had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs in Wednesday night's win over Oceanside.
RAMONA In a town like Ramona, where there is only one high school, everyone tends to know everyone.
And what they’re doing.
Right now, the girls basketball team at Ramona High is becoming the talk of the town. The defending Valley League champion Bulldogs, after a 4-6 start this season, have gotten on a roll that is still going.
After Wednesday’s 68-38 win over Oceanside, Ramona stretched its winning streak to 15 and remained in first place.
“This community is really involved with us now,” junior forward Katherine Mauldin said after her 18-point, 14-rebound performance for the Bulldogs (19-6, 7-0). “When you walk around school or even in a store, everyone knows what we’re doing.
“It makes it all kind of fun.”
Outscoring the Pirates (10-13, 4-3) by a 38-20 margin in the second half turned what was a relatively close game at halftime, when the Bulldogs led 30-18, into a game that was clearly in hand long before it ended.
Oceanside guard Chelsea Ayala tried to keep the Pirates going with 23 points, but it was clearly not enough to offset eight 3-pointers by Ramona as well as double-figure outings from Chiara Mattern (15 points) and Kailey Hill (14 points) in addition to Mauldin.
Mauldin triggered the second-half uprising with 12 third-quarter points.
“We got excited at halftime,” she said. “We realized what we needed to do and we found the intensity to get that done. We played all out instead of holding back. Every game from now on is important. It’s too late in the season to let down now.”
Mattern led the way from the perimeter with a trio of 3-pointers while Hill had a pair of 3’s.
“We don’t rely on 3’s,” Ramona coach Dan Marshall said. “In the flow of our offense, we rebound well so even if we miss shots — and we’re not a good shooting team — we hit the boards.
“Offensively, we wore Oceanside down a bit. We just had to get out of the first half without any foul trouble and we did that.”
And hit their shots, which the Bulldogs did at a 25-for-66 clip.
“Usually, someone is always on from the outside,” added Mauldin. “I wish we knew ahead of time who that would be. If only it was that easy.”
As easy, it seems, as running toward yet another league title.