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  • ICS girls b-ball extends win streak to seven games

  • The Immanuel Christian girls basketball team has continued its winning ways in the new year. The Div. 5A, No. 16-ranked Crusaders beat Paraclete (Lancaster) junior varsity and Big Pine on consecutive nights this week to extend their winning streak to seven games.
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  • The Immanuel Christian girls basketball team has continued its winning ways in the new year. The Div. 5A, No. 16-ranked Crusaders beat Paraclete (Lancaster) junior varsity and Big Pine on consecutive nights this week to extend their winning streak to seven games.
    ICS (8-2) defeated Paraclete's junior varsity squad convincingly on Wednesday night. The Crusaders scored a season-high in points in a 61-26 victory over the Spirits.
    "It was our best game of the season," Crusaders head coach Josh Madison said. "These ladies were ready to play, they played hard and really had a lot of fun on the court."
    ICS scored the first 12 points of the game and led 14-2 after the first quarter; by halftime the Crusaders had a 42-20 advantage. Both teams combined for 25 points in a defensive-minded second half, and ICS rolled to a 35-point victory.
    Forward Jennifer Mondragon scored 36 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the win. Guard Viviana Munoz added 20 points with eight steals.
    "It was nice to see so many improvements from the night before," Madison said. "Everyone executed on both sides of the ball tonight, and we played excellent defense which turned into several easy baskets."
    On Tuesday night, ICS tipped off Hi-Lo League play with a home victory over Big Pine. The Crusaders beat the Warriors 49-26 at Kerr McGee Community Center in their first game back from the holiday break.
    "I reminded the ladies how important it was for them to start out strong and play our style," Madison said. "They listened, took it to heart and ran away early in the first quarter — we never looked back."
    ICS started fast against Big Pine, and had a 16-2 lead after the opening quarter. Both teams combined for eight points in the second quarter — the Crusaders led 22-4 at halftime.
    Big Pine made it a 15-point game after three quarters, but ICS played strong in the fourth quarter to pull away. In the 23-point win, Mondragon had 30 points and 27 rebounds with Munoz adding 11 points and nine steals.
    ICS resumes league play Friday night against Lee Vining. Tip off is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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