East County Sports


BONITA VISTA at the line on Saturday. / photo by Dave Dickens


By Dave Dickens


SPRING VALLEY (2-3-2019) It has been a ‘take no prisoners’ atmosphere in the South Bay, at least as far as the Bonita Vista Lady Barons are concerned.

As they returned home Wednesday evening for another league bout versus the Otay Ranch Mustangs, one of the only disadvantages as of late was the loss of ANNETH GRIJALBA versus Mater Dei as she dislocated her wrist.

The Lady Barons were up early, as they led 33-18 at the halfway point.

Leading the way for Bonita Vista early was ISABEL RECTOR, who was nailing some solid buckets.

“Isabel definitely began the game on the attack and LARYSSA KURE began to catch fire in the fourth quarter,” said Lady Barons head coach Tristan Lamb.

“The system was already in place and the girls are sticking to it. Being that our girls are believing in it makes things easier and the girls are starting to understand that.”

“I had a pretty solid game,” Kure said. “Mostly because I was able to get the ball in the middle and get those easy 10-footers and a couple of three-pointers. It was a good game for all of us. Everyone contributed equally and I was glad to be a part of that contribution. That was probably the best defensive quarter we have had all season.

“Before our games, we always talk in the team room of what our goals are for that particular game.

“Against Otay Ranch, it was to go man-to-man for the whole game. Coach says he always believes in us and has faith in us as a team. Playing basketball has a lot to do with heart, and we always show Coach Lamb that.”

The Barons finished off the Mustangs with ease, 63-40.

The game against Olympian started off similar to the Eastlake game as the Lady Barons were leading already 23-6 at the end of just one-quarter of play.

However, Olympian did go on an 11-point tear keeping the Barons scoreless as the half did wind down, 31-17, with the Lady Barons being held to only eight in the second quarter.

Bonita Vista dominated the second half as well, 41-29, with an 11-0 run at one point in the third quarter.

Bonita notched another win over Olympian, 72-46, and are sitting at 15-9, 7-1.

“We are looking good,” Lamb said “The girls are really coming together. They are working hard to achieve their goals.

“Laryssa Kure and Julia Cosalan stepped up today. These girls made some changing plays at key moments in the game.”

The latest stop for the Lady Barons was Spring Valley to play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase hosted by Mount Miguel High School, to also remember a great former Matador, Genevieve Costello.

Bonita Vista faced a somewhat patched together San Marcos Knights, meaning a lot of junior varsity players were brought up due to a rash of staters being injured.

The Knights were young and made several mistakes that a veteran team like the Lady Barons capitalized on.

The Lady Barons were on fire, stealing the ball, shooting threes, collecting rebounds, you name it.

Some of the young Knights were possibly only at 5-feet tall, however, they still had athletes on the floor.

After a quick and dominating performance, the Barons now sit at 16-9, 7-1, as the Lady Barons won their seventh straight victory, 68-43.

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