Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
A box-out for an offensive rebound and put-back showed that Doreena Campbell's leg strength was just fine. A jump, catch and clean release on a three-pointer indicated that her mechanics and strength are also in solid form.
In Edison's 52-34 nondistict win at Robinson, Campbell showed the Eagles -- and the rest of the Northern Region -- that she is, in fact, back.
Her scoring line (28 points) offered plenty of evidence as well. Last season, Campbell suffered a deep thigh bruise that cost the Eagles their perfect season. It ended with a triple-overtime loss to Langley in the second round of the Northern Region tournament.
"I feel great," said Campbell, who was nowhere near full strength when things ended for the Eagles last season. "We've got goals of winning the district, region and state to shoot for again."
Leading just 24-23 with less than three minutes left in the half, the Eagles began to come at Robinson from all directions with trapping defense and scoring touch. But mainly it was the one-two punch of Campbell and sophomore Adria Crawford (16 points, seven rebounds) that took Robinson (1-1) out of the game.
Edison went on a 26-3 run that carried into the fourth quarter, giving it a 50-26 lead.
"Bringing our intensity up made the difference," Crawford said of her team's dominant surge.
Edison Coach Dianne Lewis said her team focused on taking the Rams out of their half-court offense. "They were very good, when they were able to run it," Lewis said.
Robinson led 10-5 early and held a 14-13 advantage after one quarter. Rams senior captain Katie Rechnitzer hit her first three shots and had nine points in the quarter, but did not score thereafter.
Robinson seemed to wear down and Edison's hustle helped it get most of the loose balls and dominate the rebounding.
The Eagles return four starters from a team that won its first 25 games a year ago. It graduated one of its top rebounders, Victoria Boze, but Crawford and Tamonica Brackins had strong rebounding efforts last night.