ERIE — Amanda Ochoa felt she had been letting her team down a bit lately.
On Tuesday, the Erie senior did all she could to make up for it. Ochoa scored a career-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and six steals in the Tigers’ 47-29 win over visiting Skyline in a Class 4A Tri-Valley League girls basketball contest.
“I just saw that I had to come out for my team and show them because I’ve been a little lax, I think, in practice and on the court and I’ve been a little sick,” said Ochoa, whose previous career-high was 20 points. “Tonight I just wanted to come out and put out the effort and show my team that even when we’re down we can put ourselves up.”
Erie (8-5, 4-2 league) snapped a two-game skid with the victory, while Skyline (7-7, 1-5) continued to sputter in league play.
Ochoa certainly knew the importance of the game to her team, which had lost its previous two games, including a close one to league rival Mead on Friday. Ochoa had nine points and four steals in the first quarter alone, helping the Tigers to pull away early.
“We just really needed to set the pace and we really needed this one for a little energy boost and an emotional boost, because coming off the loss at Mead, that hurt us pretty bad,” Ochoa said.
Erie took control of the game during the final five minutes of the first quarter. Skyline led 4-3 before the Tigers closed the quarter with a 14-0 run. Ochoa had six points during that run, which took the air out of the Falcons.
“I think we took ourselves out of it mentally,” Falcons coach Tina Skidmore said. “We weren’t in it. They weren’t doing what we asked.”
Skyline had 10 turnovers in the first quarter, but began the second quarter with a 6-0 run to cut the Erie lead to seven. The Tigers responded, though, by outscoring the Falcons 11-4 during the final six minutes of the half.
Skyline never could put any kind of run together to seriously challenge the Tigers in the second half.
“We made some corrections at halftime and they did come out second half and make that attempt to do what we needed, but we were already in too big of a hole to get ourselves out of it,” Skidmore said. “We were just outplayed. We were clearly outplayed. We were out-hustled and we didn’t follow the game plan that we had set, so that killed us.”
Naomi Barron had six points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Falcons. Serena Gudino (10 points, seven rebounds) and Piper Zeier (nine points, 10 rebounds) also had solid games for the Tigers.
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Erie 47, Skyline 29
At Erie HS
SKYLINE (7-7, 1-5 4A Tri-Valley)
Kaylee Spencer 0 3-4 3, Allison Curtis 2 0-3 4, Kylie Emanuel 2 2-2 6, Courtney David 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Steed 1 0-0 2, Deandra Elcock 0 0-0 0, Naomi Barron 3 0-0 6, Briana Robison 1 0-0 2, Carissa Curtis 3 0-1 6. Totals 12 5-10 29.
ERIE (8-5, 4-2 4A Tri-Valley)
Lauren Bauchert 0 0-2 0, Haley Gallagher 0 2-2 2, Amanda Ochoa 8 3-5 21, Amberlyn Purcell 0 0-0 0, Kenzie Kudrna 0 1-3 1, Serena Gudino 4 2-7 10, Chelsea Martus 2 0-0 4, Piper Zeier 3 3-6 9. Totals 17 11-25 47.
Score by quarters:
Skyline 4 10 8 7 — 29
Erie 17 11 11 8 — 47
3-point field goals — Erie (2): Ochoa 2. Total fouls — Skyline 18, Erie 16. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.