It was a feast-or-famine first half Friday night at Sammy Duane Gymnasium.
Corona del Sol enjoyed a little more of the former, enough for the fifth-ranked Aztecs to lead at halftime and go on to post a comfortable 65-51 victory over No. 4 Mesquite in a 5A non-region girls basketball game.
Corona’s scoring triumvirate of juniors Amy Rosenkrantz, Sy Janousek and sophomore Lisa Helmers were at it again, combining for 58 of the Aztecs’ points. Rosenkrantz netted a game-high 28 to lead the way. The trio tallied all 31 of Corona’s first-half points.
‘‘We kept telling the girls if we kept pressuring them with our transition game, we could outrun them,’’ Corona coach Pat Reed said. ‘‘We got behind by a lot a couple times early, but I’m not a big one to take timeouts. I thought we’d get some good runs of our own at some point. . . . This was a big booster for us heading into region play next week.’’
Corona (13-5) trailed 10-2 early in the first quarter before rallying for a 14-12 lead late in the period. Early in the second quarter, Mesquite pulled away again to a 25-16 advantage. That was the last of the good times for the Wildcats as Corona used a 16-0 run the final four minutes of the half to grab the lead for keeps.
Mesquite coach Candice Gonzales lamented a rash of turnovers late in the first half and the Aztecs’ overall game demeanor for her team’s downfall.
‘‘They did a great job of pulling us out of our game,’’ Gonzales said. ‘‘We had too many turnovers, especially at the end of the first half. We are a better club than we presented tonight.’’
Janousek scored nine of her 18 points in the second quarter to highlight the 16-0 run. She added nine rebounds and six assists. Forward Rachel Stroop led Corona with 12 rebounds. Rosenkrantz poured in 16 of her 28 in the second half as the Aztecs were more efficient in their half-court offense, particularly in the final period. Helmers had 12 points, five assists and four steals.
Mesquite (13-4) was not at full strength, missing sophomore forward Brittany Foster and her eight points and seven rebounds a game. Point guard Andrea Videbeck keyed the Wildcats’ first-half runs with solid playmaking and scoring.
Videbeck, however, picked up her third foul with one second left in the first half. She got her fourth with 4:29 left in the third period and Mesquite still within six points of the lead. By the time she returned two minutes later, the lead had grown to double figures. The margin reached 20 with three minutes left.
Videbeck finished with a team-high 20 points, nine in the fourth period when the game was out of reach. Andie Mason added 12 points for the Wildcats.