NORWALK - When Mollie Williams fouled out of the game with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter, the outcome of the girls basketball game between Artesia and Glenn high schools was pretty much determined.
The Eagles would win their Suburban League opener going away, 70-51, in front of a large crowd of supporters.
Glenn's Brandi Hood and her twin sister Champign had spent the first 24-plus minutes trying to get Artesia's Williams into foul trouble. Without her in the middle to block shots, grab rebounds and score in the paint, the Pioneers would have trouble generating their offense and defending the post.
"Mollie is a good player. Her fouling out was huge," Glenn coach Linda Para said. "She is so athletic. The strategy on both ends was to attack the post players. The refs were calling every little (thing). So we went to the basket. Our guards played great tonight.
"They were getting the ball into the post. You could tell (we) wanted to win. We played smart. We were more composed. And we made our free throws."
As a result, Brandi Hood scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Champign contributed 18 points and 12 boards for Glenn (13-2), which snapped its two-game losing streak to Artesia dating back to last season.
The Pioneers held a 33-31 advantage at intermission. But Glenn entered the fourth quarter up 47-46, and scored on a 3-pointer by Christine Hera and a bucket by Brandi Hood on a 5-0 run to eventually take control of the game.
Artesia had been idle since its upset victory against Gahr in early December.
"This game was a learning experience," Artesia coach Carla Gutierrez said.
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