Posted Online: Jan. 09, 2013, 11:15 pm

Third time still a charm for Orion in WCC win over Rockridge

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By Anthony Sandoval, asando@qconline.com

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Rockridge's Beth Meier (32) drives past Orion's Ashlie McCunn (5) during the first quarter Wednesday Jan 9, 2013 at Rockridge High School.
EDGINGTON -- The Orion girls' basketball team had a solid shooting night on Wednesday. On the other end, Rockridge did not.

That resulted in the Chargers' completing a regular-season sweep.

Thanks to a 45 percent shooting clip, Orion earned a 44-34 West Central Conference North Division win over Rockridge. The Chargers have won all three regular-season meetings between the two.

"We knew coming into the game they were going to be very aggressive," said Orion senior forward Cassidy Clark, who had 23 points and 12 rebounds.. "We knew we were going to have to take care of the ball and be strong with it. I just wanted to step up and be a team leader."

Orion (12-7, 3-3 WCC) put some separation between the two teams late in the third quarter as it went on a 15-2 run that carried into the fourth quarter.

"Our defense has been either really good or not so good," Orion coach Scott McBride said. "The last two games, our defense has been really good. We didn't care of the ball on offense tonight. We were throwing the ball all over the gym."

Orion's shooting was offset by 29 turnovers, but it did force 19. Rockridge (9-11, 2-3) had 15 second-half points.

"We missed a couple easy shots, and several really easy shots from down low," Rockridge coach Shawn Strachan said. "It kind of snowballed from there. Defensively, I thought we did a pretty good job and we had a good gameplan. You won't win many basketball games shooting the way we did."

The Rockets shot 21 percent (12-for-57) from the floor in the loss. Beth Meier led Rockridge with 13 points off of the bench, including a 3-pointer that brought an end to the late Orion run. Destiny Grawe was the highest-scoring Rockets starter with nine points, and Michaela Stoneking had seven.

"All of the conference games are tough," McBride said. "It's not easy to beat a team three times. Shawn (Strachan) has been coaching since I have, and have been battling each other for five years. It's not like we have any secrets. He knows what I'm doing, and that's why these games are always so close."