East County Sports




By Dave Dickens


BONITA VISTA (12-8-2018) The Bonita Vista Barons girls basketball team came into the season with superior ranking.


Bonita Vista’s coaching staff would be a great way to start, especially
with the continued success and storied coaching achievements of head coach Tristan Lamb.

In the off-season adding even more depth to his staff with former Steele Canyon High coach Peter Ruiz as an assistant coach.

Ruiz coached the Lady Cougars last year into the playoffs after a phenomenal regular season success coupled with even a win in the SDS-CIF playoffs last season.

The Barons also have no lack of talent whether a starter or bench.

Coming into Friday night’s contest, the Barons (4-5) came into the contest opposite the Torreys (5-5) to show that they deserve the high ranking.

A team with heart and athleticism, to beat the Torreys, after a tough loss to the then-No. 7 ranked Mount Miguel Matadors, the Barons would have a bit of an uphill battle.

Bonita Vista will be competing in the league play with the likes of Otay Ranch (4-0), Olympian (6-2), and a surprising Mater Dei Catholic (3-2).

The Barons sit at No. 86 in Division 1 in the state, however, No. 25 locally, and LJCD was at No. 20, prior to this game’s completion.

Bonita Vista came out a bit lethargic offensively after one completed quarter, scoring only 13, however, the Torreys, also lacking in offensive production in the first quarter, were down 13-12 to the Barons.

Both squads were playing more of a defensive effort in the second quarter of play, as well.

The score was knotted up at 25-all at the half.

Bonita Vista would add another 29 points, and a heck of a battle, coming up a few points shy of this back-and-forth contest.

The Barons lost the nail-biter despite a valiant effort against an equally talented La Jolla Country Day team, 58-54.

Sophomore JULIA COSALAN was definitely the leader in offensive production with 17 points, and 3-of-6 from the free throw line, while senior ANNETH GRIJALBA added 12 points for BVHS.

“We have to learn how to play together down the stretch in close games against good teams. Our effort was there, but we fell apart when we needed to come together,” Lamb said. 

Up next for the Barons is not a walk in the park as they host La Costa Canyon (3-2) which is coming off a shellacking at the hands of the red hot Christian Patriots.

The contest at home on Monday, Dec. 10 is also part of the Matador Classic tournament.

CALVIN CHRISTIAN 41, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 38 – The Knights (7-1) fell to the Crusaders (4-0) in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

TRI-CITY CHRISTIAN 70, VALHALLA 40 – Valhalla fell to 0-3.

RAMONA 64, STEELE CANYON 19 – The Cougars fell to 1-5..

POINT LOMA 52, WEST HILLS 21 – The Wolf Pack fell to 1-7.

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