Foothillers reach new heights with title game berth





By Bill Dickens
© East County

EL CAJON (3-2-16) — It’s been more than 10 years that the Grossmont High girls have captured a basketball championship. It’s been even longer since they have appeared in a San Diego CIF championship game – like never.

The Foothillers (24-5) will get their shot at a section crown when they face Crawford (17-9) in the Division IV final Friday (Mar. 4) at 11 a.m. at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Grossmont, in Tuesday’s (Mar. 1) semifinal bout against visiting Holtville, rolled to a 65-46 victory to eliminate the Vikings.

The Foothillers took a 20-13 first quarter lead and stretched their advantage to 35-23 by intermission.

The Hillers put the game away in the third quarter on an 18-10 scoring run.

Ten Grossmont players contributed to the scoring totals against Holtville.

TAISHA SILAS led the way with 16 points – more than half of them coming on 4 treys.

ATHENA SOTELO chipped in with 14 points, 2 triples, 4 assists and 5 steals.

Grossmont got a surprising lift from GRACE CERRADO, who pitched in 10 points and notched 2 steals.

Stalwart EMILY BARNES yanked down 10 rebounds and chipped in 8 points.

Holtville’s Kenya Serrano led the Vikings with 11 points, while Jasmine Ponce added 10.

Grossmont:  Taisha Silas 16 (4 reb, 2 ast), Athena Sotelo 14 (3 reb, 4 ast, 5 stl), Grace Cerrado 10 (2 stl), Emily Barnes 8 (10 reb, 2 ast), Candace Henderson 6 (5 reb, 2 stl), Salina Hernandez 3, Lydia Halcott 2 (4 reb), Lina McDuffie 2, Symone Griffith 2, Ragina Turner 2.

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