Peterson, Matadors too much for Pats

Mount Miguel's Cam Douglas drives against Christian on Saturday.

2018 EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

 

By Dave Dickens

EastCountySports.com

 

SPRING VALLEY (01-20-2018) – Opponents that face the Robbie Sandoval-coached Mount Miguel Lady Matadors at
the Matadome come in with high hopes and a strategic game plan, especially the Christian High Lady Patriots under newly acquired former Horizon coach VICKIE CARRINGTON.

Coach Carrington definitely believes even the top teams with top talent are all beatable, and all season she has been trying to sell this along with her work ethic.

By next year, the Christian High Lady Patriots will be a force to be reckoned with. They are almost there now.

Mount Miguel and Christian in action on Saturday.

However, the Matadors are definitely not the Mission Bay Lady Bucs the Patriots beat on Friday.

“(Mount Miguel) is a talented team but they like to create confusion and chaos,” said Carrington.

And chaos and confusion the Lady Matadors created. Mission accomplished, once again.

After a quarter of play, the Lady Matadors were up by 7, leading 13-6, but it was still a competitive contest.

However, the wheels were coming loose as the Mount Miguel defense held the Lady Patriots to just 10 points in the second quarter of play, and the Matadors, led by junior TIAJA BENNETT, scored 9 points out of 20 scored by the Lady Matadors in the second quarter, and Mount Miguel was leading Christian 33-16 at the half.

The 12 team fouls didn’t help the cause when the Lady Matadors are making free throws seven of eight free throws.

The visiting Lady Patriots were looking for new strategy to deal with this pesky Matador team.

Once again the Lady Patriots played a lot more physical and stayed focused on the task at hand.

The Matadors continued to be tough to defend as they were quick to get rid of the ball and have a plethora of shooters.

The Lady Matadors won the third quarter, 28-15, and now led 61-31, moving on to the final quarter.

The Lady Matadors’ SYLENA PETERSON was the leading joust with 14 of her 25 total points coming in the most dominant Matador third quarter.

However, there was a bright light in freshman KRISTIN WILLIAMS, who was on fire for the Lady Patriots, scoring 12 of the 15 total points in the third quarter, including three successful 3-pointers for 9 points.

In the final quarter of play, the Lady Patriots put up their best effort as a team, holding the Lady Matadors to 15, as they only had 14.

A very physical second half for both squads, however, Mount Miguel (18-0) remained undefeated as they knocked off the Lady Patriots (12-7, 4-0), 76-45.

The player of the game was Peterson, who had 25 total points, while CAMARA DOUGLAS, of the Matadors, had 19 points, including 5-for-5 from the free throw  line, and the Lady Matadors as a team were 9-of-16 from 3-point territory, and committed only 2 turnovers for the whole team.

For Christian, as she has dazzled us so many times this year, Williams had 14 total points, 1 rebound, and 2 steals, while teammate SIMONE JAMES had 13 total points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 blocked shots, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers.

Mount Miguel (2-0 Grossmont Hills League) has another league game at the Grossmont Lady Hillers (7- 8, 0-2 GHL), on Tuesday January 23 at 6pm.

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