The Loma Linda Academy girls’ varsity basketball team remained undefeated in the Ambassador League season by defeating Arrowhead Christian Academy 60-31 on Tuesday evening. The Roadrunners were coming off a 54-28 home victory over Woodcrest Christian one week ago and an impressive 60-32 defeat of previously undefeated Aquinas High School last Thursday. The team seemed unaffected by any emotional letdown, anxiety over final exams this week or even Coach Brianne Carroll’s illness as they demonstrated why they deserve to be leading in the standings.
The starting five came roaring out of the opening tip led by Caitlin Terukina’s 8 points, Corrinn Clevenger’s 6 points, Erika Dalida’s 3 steals, 2 assists and a block. Only Lauren Arceo’s two three pointers and a field goal kept the ACA Eagles close.
The Roadrunners held the Eagles to only 7 points during the second quarter while Terukina scored 5 points and Alexandra Stream scored 4 points to go with 5 rebounds. LLA opened a comfortable 34-19 lead.
Jacqui Jones led LLA in the third period with 5 points and 4 boards while Dalida had 4 points. The team defense again stymied the Eagles to only 4 points.
Consistency remained even though Coach Edwin Jones substituted liberally in the final period. While LLA had scored 18, 16 and 14 points in the first three quarters, the bench provided 12 points in the final period. Adelynn Yen entered the game and immediately sank a three pointer to close scoring.
Terikuna finished with 13 points while Jones and Stream each had 10. Terikuna added 8 assists and Stream had 10 boards for a double double. Jones and Dalida both played furious defense with numerous steals, deflections and blocks. Lauren Arceo and Abby Lentz each scored 8 for ACA.
LLA, now 17-2 and 7-0 in league, has emerged from the first half of the league schedule in first place by one game over Aquinas. Their next game will be Thursday night, January 17 at Woodcrest Christian. ACA (2-10, 1-6) travels to Ontario Christian for their next game also on the 17th.