East County Sports

Scotties fall to Falcons in tourney final

Helix and Scripps Ranch battle under the board Saturday night.



By Dave Dickens



SAN DIEGO (12-30-17) – The Helix Lady Scotties did make it to a tournament final, however, came up about 20 points shy of an Aztec Holiday Tournament championship.

Helix puts up a shot on Saturday night against Scripps Ranch.

Helix (9-4) came into this bout knowing that the Falcons of Scripps Ranch (7-3) would be a tall order.

With great effort, the Lady Scotties lost, 56-36, but should be mindful that they lost to a phenomenal D1 Scripps Ranch squad.

The Lady Scotties, up until this evening, have been playing fantastic on both sides of the ball, winning 8 out of their last 9 contests.

Towards the end of the second quarter, the Scotties were already in a deep hole down 30 points.

Helix just couldn’t keep up, not discounting the play of the Falcons because Scripps Ranch played great on both sides of the ball.

As the 3rd quarter came to a close, the Scotties were down 49-20 and appeared determined, yet fatigued.

However, the Helix girls continued to play with heart and determination as the 4th quarter began.

Helix senior MARINA SMITH was the leading scorer with 7 total points, including a 3-pointer to boot.

Helix senior CHARITY McWASHINGTON was the second leading scorer with 6 points and 7 steals, but unfortunately, sophomore HAILEY DICKMAN couldn’t play due to sickness, not to mention a player who was unable to play due to ineligibility.

What really added insult to injury was allowing the Falcons to score at will, allowing two Falcons players to put up 15 points, although, towards the end of the 4th, the Lady Scotties did grab quite a few rebounds and go on a 6-0 run.

“We take pride in our defense and unfortunately we just didn’t have it today, and also missed a few layups that should have been made,” said Helix ladies’ head coach FREDDIE GARRETT. “I also give credit where credit is due, Scripps Ranch is a very good D-1 team and in reality, if we would have beaten them, it definitely would have been an upset.

“Today we need to take the loss and learn from it. January 13th we start league versus Grossmont and the time off without tournaments will allow us time in the gym and in the lab to repair our miscues before that game.”

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