The L.A. Uprising stormed out of the gates in its first home game of the season and beat the La Costa Canyon Kings, 65-49, in the Elite 80 Showcase on Friday night at Birmingham High.
The Uprising was fueled by 18 points from Rayburn Lawrence. They showed improvement as the game went on and forced 17 turnovers. They're a hard-working team, led by Brekele Aybar and Stanford-bound Kylor Kelley. Lawrence and Aybar each had six rebounds.
The La Costa Canyon was led by Anthony Amos with 17 points.
In the WNBA Developmental League, the Long Beach Comets beat the Riverside Skyhawks, 98-84. Mo Bolden had 34 points, five steals and four assists. She also had four steals.
Capistrano Valley beat the Norco Silverados, 88-57. Dominique Utley had a career-high 25 points. It was the fifth win in a row for the Cougars.
Sydney Haydel had 15 points and six assists in Lake Forest Nadadores' loss to the Bakersfield Jam. The Jam started fast and shot 63% in the first half.
In the USA Basketball High School National Championships, Theresa Tschetter led the Chester High Huskies (Pa.) to a third-place game. The Huskies were behind by three points at halftime but outscored the Fusion, 29-20, in the second half to win, 60-50. Tschetter had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Seahawks won the tournament.
In the New Mexico Shootout, Destiny Jackson had a two-point, two-rebound performance in the top-seeded Ventura College Lady Tigers' 62-56 victory over Cerritos College. Jackson shot two of 12 from the field.
In Alaska, Vanessa Banderas had 12 points in the Centennial (Cal) Cougars' 67-54 victory over Sidney.
In the Jeff and William Wrigley Challenge, Esperanza's Laura Matthews scored 19 points in a 73-44 victory over Monterey Peninsula. Esperanza had a 78-50 victory over Mesa.
No. 1 seed Valencia (11-0) is undefeated and beat Mesa, 75-28.
Coaching Vs. Cancer, which supports the American Cancer Society and Walk MS, is accepting registrations for its 5K race on April 28. For more information, visit coachingvscancer.org.
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