East County Sports

Sultans show they belong, beat Hillers

Santana's KOBI HOLLAND (12) and TY REDDAN react to a basket by Grossmont on Wednesday night.

2016-17 EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

SANTEE – The Santana Sultans knocked off the Grossmont Foothillers, 52-49, at Grossmont High Thursday night for a promising send-off into the league season, which starts Friday.

The Foothillers have battled through a depleted lineup this season due to injuries to some key players, but still have the best overall record in the Grossmont Valley League heading into the opener. the Sultans upped their record to 11-4 with the road win.

Meanwhile, the Sultans, who possess the best record in the Grossmont Hills League upped their record to 11-4 with the road win.Following last season, the Sultans were shifted from the Valley to the Hills League for the upcoming campaign.

Following last season, the Sultans were shifted from the Valley to the Hills League for the upcoming campaign, and it appears, after knocking off the defending San Diego CIF Division 4 champions, that Santana can be considered a serious contender.

ZOE SHIBLEY led the Sultans with 19 points, while CANDACE HENDERSON led Grossmont with 20 points.

Shibley hit a three-pointer with :45 left in the first half on an assist from guard JANICE DEGUERIO to give Santana a 20-19 lead.

Santana opens with a big home game against Helix, another surging surprise team from the preseason, in the opener on Friday night at 5:30.

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