East County Sports

Knights edge Harbor; Jaguars crush COD

2019 COMMUNITY COLLEGE BASKETBALL

East County Sports staff report

SAN DIEGO (1-12-2019) – It would be the way San Diego City College would want to enter conference play.

Fortunately, the Knights avoided an unseemly setback by dominating the final two minutes to stave visiting L.A. Harbor College, 81-79, in Friday’s (Jan. 11) non-conference contest at Harry West Gym.

City held the lead throughout the first three periods, but when the Seahawks went on a late 11-4 scoring run, the Knights were suddenly facing a 74-71 deficit with 2:16 remaining.

However, SDCC responded with a 10-3 run to regain control; LAHC added a cosmetic layin at the buzzer.

The late answer by the Knights started on a pair of Mariah Wonders foul shots with 2:08 left to trim the deficit to one. Then on the next possession, Elliott Nixon was also fouled and sank both free thrws for a 75-74 lead with 1:41 to go.

City then brought in three players better equipped for defense but found light on both ends of the court by one of them.

Alissa Wolfblack helped gain a defensive stop, but on the transition after a City miss, she grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback at the 1-minute mark for a 77-74 advantage.

For Wolfblack, the basket produced her lone yet important points She also had 9 rebounds and 5 assists, as City held a 60-52 rebounding advantage.
Wonders then closed out the victory with two additional free throws and a layin, as Wonders scored 21 points, establishing a career-high for the second straight ballgame. She completed her double-double with 15 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Nixon also finished with a season0best with a game-high 27 points. She also posted 9 boards for SDCC (8-8).

For L.A. Harbor (8-10), their Big 3 again shined. Katelyn Martin led with 23 points, followed by Brion Turner (20) and Shanara Goldsmith (180. However, the remainder of the Seahawks mustered just 18 composite points.

Southwestern 78, Desert 51: At Chula Vista, the host Jaguars kept the Roadrunners winless in a comfortable victory after racing to a 22-4 first-quarter lead on Friday (Jan. 11) night.

Danielle Simmons and Kaleese Petties paced the Jaguars with 15 points each. Maya Robinson added 12, as Southwestern (8-7) climbed over the .500 plateau entering conference lay next week.

The Jags also held a 61-41 rebound advantage. including 14 boards by Robinson and 12 by Simmons in both registering double-doubles.
For College of the Desert (9-13), Kiera Duran scoerd 15 points and Zuri Outlaw added 13, going 2-for-2 from the arc.

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