East County Sports

WOMEN: Knights edge Griffins in 4th


East County Sports staff report

DOWNTOWN (2-9-2019) – A rough season for San Diego City College has resulted in a lack of finishing off ballgames. But that finally changed on Friday (Feb. 8).

In a contest tied at 45-all through three periods, the Knights opened the decisive final quarter on a 14-4 run, enough to skate past visiting Grossmont, 64-60, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference contest held at Harry West Gym.

Elliott Nixon nailed three outside jump shots, including a pair of triple, to score 8 points during the scoring run. Nixon shared club scoring laurels with Mariah Wonders (9-for-14 at the foul line) with 15 points each.

Grossmont received a game-high 20 points from Drew Mendoza, but massive foul trouble doomed the Griffins, as three players fouled out.

Later down 62-51, the G-House made a late 9-2 run, all scored by Mendoza before time expired, leaving both clubs tied for third place at 2-3 in the PCAC South.

City (10-14 overall) saw forward Satori Roberson grab 14 rebounds and block 4 shots despite registering just 2 points.

Grossmont (4-17) mounted a 13-point cushion in the second quarter before foul trouble erupted. Chiara Mattern added 16 points and 5 boards.

Imperial Valley 61, San Diego Mesa 52: At Kearny Mesa, the host Olympians were understandably rusty after their game against San Bernardino Valley on Wednesday was cancelled. However, they roared back from a double-digit deficit to make a game of it before the Ladt Arabs regained control over the final minutes.

Imperial Valley mounted a 41-27 halftime lead before Mesa utilized an 18-6 advantage in the third period to get close. However, the defense of the Lady Arabs regained control to allow IVC to earn its third victory over Mesa in less than a month and gain undisputed possession of second place in the PCAC South Division.

For Mesa (5-16 overall, 1-4 PCAC), Yusra Gharram posted a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Lavinia Moa added 14 points before fouling out.

Imperial Valley (12-12, 3-2 PCAC) was traveling so the statistics were unavailable at deadline.

PCAC North

No. 10 Mt. San Jacinto 100, MiraCosta 75: At San Jacinto, the No. 10-ranked Eagles subdued the visiting Spartans, doing everything right except posting the game summary on the CCCAA state website.

Mt. San Jacinto is now 21-6 overall (5-0 PCAC); MiraCosta slipped to 15-7 (2-3 PCAC).

Courtesy, COD Media Relations

No. 13 Palomar 83, Desert 49:  At Palm Desert, College of the Desert (1-21 overall, 1-4 PCAC) honored 7 of their 8 players on Sophomore Night as the team hosted the No. 13 Palomar Comets (20-6; 4-1 PCAC), falling to the Comets after getting out-scored 23-4 in the first period.

While Desert tried to keep close with the Comets, they proved to be too much to catch, as Palomar’s 8-player bench scored 54 points, and the Roadrunners 3-person bench managed just 11 points.

Three-point shooting percentages were nearly identical, but Palomar hit 11 of 37 (29.7 percent) and the Roadrunners hit 4 of 14 (28.6 percent).

For Palomar, Julie Saelee led the way with 16 points as all of the starters played approximately 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, it was a career night for many reserves, as Sara Ahmadpour poured in 15 points, followed by Imari Cooley (13) and Mackenna Gentry (11).

FOr Desert, sophomore starting guard Zuri Outlaw led the way for the Roadrunners, with 14 points, hitting both of her shots from beyond the arc, plus a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

Sophomore starting guard Alissa Munayco added 10 points, while sophomore starting center Destiny Frazier had a good night with 9 points on 3 of 5 shooting and 9 rebounds.

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