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Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

1/10/2011

1. The Rancho Cucamonga girls’ basketball team ended Etiwanda’s 66-game Baseline League winning streak Friday night, scoring a 48-39 victory at Rancho Cucamonga. The Eagles were playing without leading scorer Jada Blackwell, who reportedly had pneumonia, and guard Tatiana Parish, who had strep throat. Briana Baker scored 17 points to lead the Cougars and center Kourtney Ainsworth had 10. The streak dated back seven years.

2. Another girls’ team to watch is Rialto. The Knights improved to 15-2 on the season and 3-0 in the San Andreas League with 93-21 victory Friday night against Rialto Carter (5-10, 3-1). Janae Sharpe finished with 44 points, 13 assists and 15 steals, and Danae Williams, who came in second in the state in rebounding at 18.3 a game, had 22 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks for Rialto.

3. Add another name to the lost of top boys’ basketball players in the Baseline League. Royal Mathews, a 6-2 senior guard, scored 34 points Friday night in a 77-64 loss to Etiwanda in the league opener. Mathews scored 43 points earlier this season in a 95-91 victory against Vista Murrieta. The league already includes last season's co-players of the year, Byron Wesley of Etiwanda and John Gilliam of Upland.

4. The Palm Springs boys’ basketball team limited Palm Desert to 18% shooting from the floor Friday night in a 49-27 victory in a meeting of the Desert Valley League’s top teams. Nick King scored 16 points to lead the Indians (13-1, 3-0), who are making a strong case to be included in this week’s Inland Empire top 10. Dillon Floyd, a 6-9 senior center, contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds for Palm Springs.

5. Talk about consistency. Kendall Smith of the Riverside Woodcrest Christian boys’ basketball team hasn’t scored less than 23 points in a game this season. Smith, a 6-3 junior guard, is averaging 28.1 points, third best in the Southern Section for players with 10 or more games played. He had 26 on Thursday in a 70-65 loss to Upland Western Christian in an Ambassador League game.