East County Sports

Monarchs, Vaqueros, Lady Norsemen win

El Cajon Valley's Fineita Taulanga and Monte Vista's Mariah Moore battle for position on Friday.

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

EastCountySports.com staff report

SPRING VALLEY – The Monte Vista High girls varsity basketball team was none too pleased following their Grossmont Valley League-opening loss to visiting Valhalla on Tuesday.

The Monarchs knew that in a league battle that may be too-close-to-call, any home loss puts any contending team in catch-up mode.

Monte Vista righted its title ship on Friday night with a 44-33 win over visiting fellow contender El Cajon Valley.

Now, the focus is on Tuesday’s game at Santana.

The Monarchs are likely going to need one or more road wins against their league foes in order to claim a chance to win a league championship.

On Friday against the Braves, the Monarchs needed another wake-up call in the fourth quarter, as the visitors battled back after trailing early.

Senior SARA TAHA scored 15 of her 24 points in the second half for Monte Vista, which outscored the Braves, 15-8, over the final eight minutes to seal the win.

Monte Vista its way to a 14-3 lead after one quarter behind a three-pointer from senior ALYSSA MEDRANO. Medrano also had a three-pointer in the key fourth period.

Junior MAYA GARCIA had six points in the second half for the Monarchs.

El Cajon Valley was led by junior AMIYA JAMESON, who scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half.

EL CAPITAN 59, WEST HILLS 22 – The Vaqueros played a game of steal in beating the Wolf Pack in a Grossmont Hills League contest in Lakeside.

El Capitan kept stealing West Hills’ passes and turning them into fast break points.

The Lady Vaqueros got off to a strong start, thanks to an early 21-5 run.

SHIANA PERES and MACKENZIE CURTIS made three-pointers to get things going for the home squad.

But it was Peres that was doing the taking, and turning the steals into layups at the other end.

JORDAN GRANDY also had her three-point shot going.

VALHALLA 26, GRANITE HILLS 23 – The Lady Norsemen improved to 2-0 in the Grossmont Valley League by defeating the Eagles, who turned in one of their best performance of the season despite the defeat.

The score was tied 13-all at halftime, but the third quarter was the deciding stanza, as Valhalla outscored Granite Hills, 5-2.

Senior center HUNTER FORD led Valhalla with six points.

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