East County Sports

Sixth-ranked Barons bury LCC


By Dave Dickens


CHULA VISTA (12-10-2018) – What appeared to be a pretty evenly matched contest across the board, at least on paper, began as forecasted.

The host Bonita Vista Barons, coming in with a 4-4 mark against the La Costa Canyon Mavericks, which came in 3-2.

Bonita Vista really needed to grab a victory this evening, as their schedule doesn’t get any easier opposite the Cathedral Catholic Dons 48 hours later.

But the Barons were up to the task.

The first quarter of play was a back and forth affair exchanging a 1-to-3 point lead.

Concluding the first quarter of play, the visitors were up a convincing 20-12, and showing no signs of slowing down.

However, the Barons would up the second quarter with an all net three-point shot, making it 20-15, LCC.

LCC hit a two of their own to answer.

Back came the hosts, scoring 14 unanswered points to lead, 29-22, as the fans screamed their vote of approval.

The ball definitely was in the Barons’ court at intermission, leading 34-24.

It would continue in the third quarter of play more like the first, back and forth score for scores, but ultimately the Barons were in clear control, 45-35.

Three-quarters of the way through the fourth quarter, 57-39 was the Barons’ lead,and was going to pretty much, pending an off the wall miracle, solidify the win for Bonita Vista, putting them back over .500, and a halt to the two-game losing streak.

The Barons outplayed the Mavericks, especially in the final quarter, defeating La Costa Canyon, 60-46.

“It was a good win for the girls today,” said Barons head coach Tristan Lamb. “We were down early and the girls fought hard to come back and
win. We kept them for most of the second quarter and that helped us secure the win.”

Sophomore JULIA COSALAN stepped it up, with 4-of-9 three-pointers made, leading her team in points scored with 21.

“I would like to give a special thanks to my teammates Anneth Grijslba, and Keyanna McCoy, who are very crucial and strong players underneath the basket and who also have range.

“Also, Sterling Edwards and Aubrey Valdez for their defensive energy on the court. Not only the players on the court but the bench for giving us energy and hyping us up to keep going.

“Even though we may have our bumpy roads throughout our journey, in the end, we are all on one team, with one goal, and that goal feeds our hunger to work together and push through pain to get that second ring together,” said Cosalan.

“I think that tonight’s game started a new era for our team since I felt that we played as a team as everyone contributed offensively and defensively.

“I think that my game has improved a lot during this season and that I am ready to compete against all players in San Diego. However, I think the best
improvement has been as a team as we can compete against any team, not just in San Diego, but in California and other areas close to us. “ said  Grijalba.

Bonita Vista (5-4) will be facing a tough opponent coming to their house on Wednesday the 12th at 6 p.m., as the Dons (5-3) will be a challenge, but it sounds like that is what this squad is all about.

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