East County Sports



By Dave Dickens


CHULA VISTA (1-19-2019) – The Bonita Vista Lady Barons are on a mission this season, as with most, to prove they are among the elite in the South Bay.

Friday night would not return the results head coach Tristan Lamb and the Barons would have preferred, especially at home, battling a familiar foe in Mater Dei Catholic (14-5, 4-0 in league play), who led the Barons by one game in league after handing the Barons their first league loss of the season on Friday evening.

Bonita Vista (10-9, 3-1) hit a spectacular three-pointer at the buzzer on Friday to even the score at 17-17 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Barons were holding down the fort.

Bonita Vista continued where they left off, nailing a two-point field goal. Lady Barons up 19-17.

However, the visiting Crusaders went on a seven-point tear, including two successful free throws and a three pointer.

“We started fast, traded a couple of buckets,” said Lamb. “Our goal was to jump on them early. The girls executed well.

The score at the half was 34-28, Mater Dei Catholic with a slight advantage.

Bonita quickly hit the three-point shot to begin the third quarter to cut the Crusader lead to only three.

The Crusaders started to run away with the game after hitting seven three-point shots successfully and a took commanding 54-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Immediately the Lady Barons hit a five-point play with a three-pointer and a pair of successful free throws, and a three-point swish, 54-49 Mater Dei.

Following the Crusader lead, the Lady Barons fought hard only adding four more points in the fourth as the visiting Mater Dei Catholic squad took over for the remainder to take the league contest, 71-58, to stay undefeated now at 4-0 in league play as the Lady Barons fell to 3-1.

JULIA COSALAN had a game-high of 19 total points and four successful three-pointers.

With less than 24 hours to recuperate, the Lady Barons had another tough squad to face.

This would mark the first game for the kickoff of the Martin Luther King Tournament hosted by Christian High School.

The first game on the docket for the Lady Barons would be Scripps Ranch (9-6, 3-2).

Bonita Vista got busy right away after a heartbreaking loss just less than 24 hours prior.

After one quarter of play, the Lady Barons led by a slim but convincing manner, 15-12, as JULIA COSALAN and ISABEL RECTOR led the scoring attack.

Bonita continued to dominate going into the half at 33-19.

51-39 would end up being the final with a complete turn around from the Bonita Vista team that had only played hours earlier in a hard-fought loss.

“We played well tonight, our defense was solid,” Lamb said. “Everyone contributed. “

Rector had a career-high 21 points.

The Lady Barons will ride high on the split as they prepare to play the Montgomery Aztecs on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Bonita Vista High School at 6 p.m.

The Barons are 10-9, 3-1, and the Aztecs are 7-12, 1-3.

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