SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Senior Leigha Bednar (Keller, Texas) scored a game-best and career-high 30 points on Tuesday night as No. 1 Vanguard (18-0, 7-0 GSAC) bested No. 9 The Master's College (17-5, 5-2 GSAC) 99-89 in a highly anticipated Golden State Athletic Conference women's basketball duel.
Bednar went 13-for-17 from the field and grabbed 7 rebounds for The Pride in 27 minutes of floor time.
"I really can't believe that I scored 30 in this game," Bednar said, humbly. "I knew that we need to have a presence inside and I just put my mind to finishing everything tonight. Our guards were giving me great passes and that is what put me in a place to succeed. This was an exciting and important win for us!"
Vanguard got double-figures from its usual suspects in the game as well, as senior Nicole Ballestero (Orange, Calif.), senior Taylor Belmont (Oregon City, Ore.) and sophomore Samantha Doucette (Irvine, Calif.) posted 26, 15 and 10, respectively, on the evening.
Belmont added another double-double (15 points, 11 assists), bringing her total to five (plus a triple-double).
Sophomore reserve Jordie Smith (Wilton, Calif.) went 5-for-6 in the game and managed 12 points in just 17 minutes of action.
The Lions did a superb job on the glass, out-boarding the Mustangs 44-32 in the win. Junior Ashleigh Anderson (Oregon City, Ore.) was Vanguard's leader in the category as she amassed 8 rebounds in the contest.
The Master's was led by Jacquelyn Marshall's 21-point, 12-rebound performance. Zoe Scott also notched 21 for the Mustangs.
On Saturday, Vanguard heads to Biola for a 5:30 pm match-up with the Eagles.