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Sultans can’t stand Hornets’ swarm

Santana's JANICE DEGUERIO (left) and MANDI STABLEIN (5) defend against Lincoln on Friday. / photo by Ramon Scott





EastCountySports.com staff report


SAN DIEGO – The deep muster of the Lincoln Hornets was too much to withstand for the Santana Sultans, who fell to the top-seeded co-champs from the Eastern League, 59-25, in the San Diego CIF Division III championship game at Jenny Craig Pavilion Friday afternoon.

Santana senior TIKA TAYLOR is defended by two Lincoln players Friday at Jenny Craig Pavilion. / photo by Ramon Scott

The whirlwind of the Hornets started with an 8-0 run, as Lincoln solidly built a 34-15 halftime lead.

Senior JANICE DEGUERIO got Santana’s first basket with 3:40 left in the first quarter off an offensive rebound.

Junior KOBIE HOLLAND led the Sultans with 8 points, while fellow junior LESLIE BLACK had one of her finer games of the season, contributing six points.

Black hit a hard-thrown running shot off the backboard to make it 23-12, but Lincoln quickly answered with a three.

Holland scored a basket at 1:36 of the first which closed the lead to 13-6. She made an inside basket on an entry pass from Deguerio with just over 2 minutes remaining in the first half to make it 34-15.

Santana senior center SIERRA SIMANEK had five points.

Sultans’ junior MANDI STABLEIN hit a long field goal with 1:10 to go in the first which made it 15-8.

Lincoln limited Santana (18-12) to no made three-point field goals.

Santana senior SIERRA SIMANEK maneuvers against Lincoln in the San Diego CIF Division 3 finals Friday night. / photo by Ramon Scott

Lincoln (27-4) shared the basketball well to get the best look from a bevy of players, as eight Hornets registered points, led by 5-foot-7 senior guard Jeriah Drake, who had 15 points, most of the damage coming in the second half.

Senior Tarazjanae Cooksey had an early break away that made it 8-0 Lincoln.

Mariah Wonders opened the game with an inside hoop for the Hornets.

Lindsey Latson got a basket plus the foul at 5:10 of the first making it 6-0.

Keyona Leonard scored the second basket of the game and had 13 points for the Hornets.

Lincoln freshman guard Maria Flores made a three-pointer that made it 13-4 with 1:50 left in the first quarter, then added a field goal with :40 left that made it 17-8.

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