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The struggles in league games are long gone for the Dana Hills girls basketball team.
After snapping a 25-game league losing streak against El Toro on Jan. 10, the Dolphins posted a 23-point win at home over Mission Viejo on Jan. 12 and followed that with a dominant showing on the road at Capistrano Valley, 59-8, on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Dana Hills’ 51-point margin of victory over Capistrano Valley is its largest this season. It was the third-highest margin of defeat for Capistrano Valley (0-10, 0-3) this season, and the Cougars’ sixth loss by 48 points or more. Capistrano Valley has been held under 10 points four times this season, including two shutouts.
The Dolphins’ 23-point margin over Mission Viejo is their third highest of the season, with a 49-point win over Laguna Hills back in November coming in second.
Dana Hills (11-6, 3-0) is undefeated through the first round of the Sea View League and opened the second run through the league on Thursday, Jan. 19, at El Toro. Results were unavailable at press time. Teams play each other three times in the Sea View League.
This is Dana Hills’ first 3-0 league start since its last season in the Sea View League in 2018. Dana Hills went unbeaten for the Sea View League title that season. The Dolphins went 4-28 in their previous four seasons in the South Coast League between that league title season and this season.
Dana Hills also moved up one spot in the latest CIF-SS Division 4A rankings to No. 10. El Toro is tied for No. 8 in CIF-SS Division 4AA, one division higher than the Dolphins.
Dana Hills is next at Mission Viejo on Saturday, Jan. 21, and hosts Capistrano Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Dolphins start the final round of league play at home against El Toro on Thursday, Jan. 26.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports and Instagram @South_OC_Sports, and follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav. Email at email@example.com.
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