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Monarchs stop Bucs from stealing game

2018 EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

EastCountySports.com staff report

MISSION BAY – The Monte Vista Monarchs took command in the fourth quarter and defeating the host Mission Bay Bucs, 52-44, on Monday night in a non-league contest.

Monte Vista senior SARA TAHA hit a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 points.

Freshman  MEADOW DELINO hit a big three in the fourth, as well, for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs were sharp in the opening quarter behind six points from Taha and four points apiece from senior TORRI HONORE and junior JOURDAN BARBER.

However, the Buccaneers outscored the Monarchs, 17-11, in the second quarter to take the lead.

The Monarchs’ defense limited Mission Bay to just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

Monte Vista improved to 4-2.

“Fouled trouble plagued us again,” Monte Vista coach SABRINA JIMENEZ said. “We executed offensively, we were a little too high-speed the first half, but we were patient in the second half, found our shot, and closed the game.”

Defensively we struggled against #13, but the girls put gave a great team effort and shut her down 4th quarter. 

Monte Vista will host El Capitan on Tuesday.

“(It) will be a tough game,” Jimenez said. “They will be a much bigger team then us.

“We played them tough last year, and during the summer we fought hard against their club team.”

FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 63, SAN YSIDRO 40 – The Foothills Christian Knights won again Monday night, beating host San Ysidro, 63-40.

Foothills Christian improved to 8-1.

The Knights are currently rated No. 1 in the section’s Division IV power rankings, while the Cougars are ranked No. 2 in Division V.

And the game played like two of the best teams in their respective divisions early on, as Foothills Christian worked its way to a 31-23 halftime lead.

But it was a 19-10 run in the third quarter that helped Foothills Christian gain full control.

The Knights limited the Cougars to just seven points in the fourth quarter.

RANCHO BERNARDO 53, WEST HILLS 14 – The Wolf Pack had a strong defensive effort in the first quarter in a Tip-Off Classic contest.

“We started off playing with a lot of energy and actually played really good defense in the first quarter,” West Hills coach RYAN KINSER said. “We got good looks but struggled to score.”

In the second quarter, a series of West Hills turnovers resulted in easy layups as the Broncos assumed control.

LoLo Reynolds scored 20 points for RB.

West Hills is 1-8.

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