By the time the Rebels got settled, it was too late in a 57-42 loss to the Hawks. “We’ve never played in a place so big with so many people,” said guard Courtney Robinson, who led the Rebels with 17 points. “After the first quarter, we got in the flow of things and started playing together.” LONG BEACH – In the biggest game in the program’s history, the Flintridge Prep girls basketball team found itself busy making adjustments during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A contest against No. 1-ranked Laguna Hills. The Rebels first needed to adjust to the shooting background at Long Beach State’s spacious Pyramid. They also had to fight off the nerves of playing on a big stage in a large venue. Rebels coach Kenny Fisher’s initial plan to get his second-ranked team into the flow – pound the ball inside – seemed simple. Easier said than done. Laguna Hills (25-4) used its size advantage and a 2-3 zone defense to force Flintridge Prep (24-4) to the outside, where the Rebels struggled for most of the quarter. The Hawks shut down Flintridge Prep’s post tandem of forwards Laurel Myers and Christina Watson en route to their third title and first since 2000. Myers managed just six points and Watson had 12. “Laurel Myers and Christina are a big part of our team, and when we couldn’t get them the ball, we knew that us guards needed to do it all and play our best,” Robinson said. Added Myers, “Christina and I didn’t necessarily show our best in the post today, but we tried hard. Their posts were definitely strong.” The Rebels failed to contain the Laguna Hills duo of freshman Lauren Engeln and Nicki Nakhaie. Engeln scored 17 points and Nakhaie had 16. Flintridge Prep scored nine consecutive points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Jordan Toyama, who scored 13 points, and a putback by Myers to pull within three points at 32-29 with 1:15 to go in the third quarter. The Rebels got no closer as Laguna Hills countered with a 12-0 run. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!