East County Sports

Hernandez gets Eagles rolling early to crush Wildcats



By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (12-12-15) — MICAYELA HERNANDEZ poured in 19 points to help Granite Hills submarine El Camino 43-24 in Friday’s (Dec. 11) Matador Classic contest, which snapped a 4-game losing streak for the Eagles.

“Coming out on top is definitely a better feeling,” Eagles coach CURTIS NORWOOD said. “Hernandez hit a 3-pointer in the first minute and KANI KUBARI hit two shots. That got our confidence rolling.”

“We held El Camino to 2 points in the first quarter and led 10-2 after that,” Norwood added. “Even though we’ve struggled in the early part of the season, it’s going to be good to go into practice where you can create a game situation. I think the extra two weeks will pay off quite a bit. We’ve got time to prepare for January.”

“We’re going to go back into the laboratory and create a formula for success.”

Granite Hills:  Micayela Hernandez 19, Kani Kubari 7, Raelleah Moore 7, Chase Robles 4, Stanice Lacey 4, Miranda Brown 2.

GROSSMONT 65, OCEANSIDE 60 (OT) – The Foothillers spearheaded their way through their 4th straight win in Friday’s (Dec. 11) Mustang Tournament at Valley Center High.

Junior TAISHA SILAS scored a career high 25 points, hitting 5 of 9 three-pointers en route.

ATHENA SOTELO pitched in 14 points and grabbed 5 steals, shooting 5 of 7 from the field and 4 of 5 free throws.

EMILY BARNES poured in 11 points and snagged 10 rebounds in a double-double effort.

“It was a great game, my girls played together and fought hard till the end,” said Foothillers’ coach GRACE CAMPBELL. “I’m a very proud coach thus far! We take it one game at a time.”

“What hurt tonight is we missed 9 free throws and Oceanside shot 24 and made 14,” said Campbell.

It didn’t matter though as the Foothillers impaled the Pirates 11-6 in the extra session.

Grossmont:  Taisha Silas 25 (2 reb, 2 stl), Athena Sotelo 14 (3 reb, 5 stl), Emily Barnes 11 (10 reb, 2 stl), Lydia Halcott 5 (5 reb, 3 blk), Candace Henderson 4 (2 reb, 2 stl), Elina McDuffie 4 (1 reb, 2 stl), Jasmine Lee 2 (3 reb).

VALLEY CENTER 34, MONTE VISTA 24 – Visiting Monte Vista had difficulty finding its offense in Friday’s (Dec. 11) Mustang Tournament in North County.

CIERRA ROSS scored 6 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and dished one assist, while CASSIE CALDERON also had 6 points, a couple of rebounds and an assist.

KYRIA WHITTLEY scored 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Da’kendra Mack scored  points.

“We are a new team and it is really starting to come together,” said Monarchs’ coach MEGAN FORBELL. “We had a lot of shots – they just did not fall tonight.”

Monte Vista:  Cierra Ross 6 (3 reb, 1 ast), Cassie Calderon 6 (2 reb, 1 ast), Da’kendra Mack 5 (2 reb), Kyria Whittley 4 (7 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), Mariah Whitehead 3 (4 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Sewit Tesfamicael (5 reb), Bethany Mudge (2 reb, 1 ast).

EASTLAKE 69, HELIX 39 – Eastlake rolled over the Helix Highlanders across the board in Friday’s (Dec. 11) Matador Classic encounter in La Mesa.

“We’re young, we lost a lot of players,” said Helix coach PATRICK TABOR. “It’s a rebuilding time. We’ll be alright. This ain’t my first rodeo.”

DANIELLE SIMMONS poured in 14 points, including 6 of 10 free throws and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Helix:  Danielle Simmons 14 (9 reb), Camryn Owens 8 (2 reb, 3 ast), Kaliah King 7, Olivia Missouria 4, Mariah Howard 3, Janae White 2 (4 reb), Jazmyne Turner 1.

 – No report on this Matador Classic game.

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