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Arroyo Grande girls shut down Rio Mesa

ANAHEIM -- You can't win a championship without scoring for an entire quarter. And so it was that Rio Mesa went into the Anaheim Convention Center Arena -- in its first championship appearance -- and laid a goose egg in the second period.

Outscoring its opponent by 12 points in a crucial eight-minute span, third-seeded Arroyo Grande built the cushion it needed to win the Southern Section Division 3AAA championship, 45-32.

Lindsey Wolf, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, led Arroyo Grande with 17 points, and Heather Madrigal scored 12 with a team-high 10 rebounds. Alexa Wetmore had eight points and five assists.

Ashley Ontiveros led fourth-seeded Rio Mesa with 11 points, and Ashley Rodriguez had nine. Riley Abraham delivered four points and 17 rebounds.

It was also the first title game for Arroyo Grande, the champion of the PAC 7 League.

The Eagles had a 13-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Rio Mesa seemed to get a momentum bump on Brenna Abraham's 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Spartans wouldn't make another field goal for another 9 minutes 53 seconds -- another 3-pointer by Abraham, who finished with six points.

During the second quarter, Rio Mesa took nine field goal attempts and three free-throw attempts, and none of them went in.

Even with Abraham's third-quarter drought-buster, Rio Mesa didn't score again until 2:27 remained in the third and by then it was facing a 31-14 deficit.

At that point, there was no coming back.