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GIRLS: Highlanders defeat Foothillers



EastCountySports.com staff report


HELIX 56, GROSSMONT 50 – The Helix Highlanders defeated the Grossmont Foothillers in a tournament game on Saturday.

Sophomore Ariy’Ana Duke and junior Selena Soloman both scored 17 points for the Highlanders.

Sarah Henry of Grossmont made the All-Tournament Team.

Duke was dominating on the boards with 18 total caroms. She also had four assists, four blocked shots, and four steals.

Soloman had four three-pointers on eight attempts from beyond the arc. She also had three assists, three steals, and three rebounds.

Senior Jada Patterson contributed seven points for Helix.

Junior Samonah Betts finished with six points, three blocked shots, and nine rebounds for the Lady Highlanders.

Sarah Henry was named to the All-Tournament Team for Grossmont, as she had 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists against the Highlanders.

Helix improved to 7-2 overall and will face San Ysidro on Thursday in the Bonita Vista Gold Crown Holiday Tip-Off at Mount Miguel High at 10:30 a.m.

On Sunday, the Foothillers team took some deserving youngsters shopping for the holidays.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 74, ST. JOSEPH ACADEMY 40 –¬†Ellie Turk surpassed a career milestone and was named to the All-Tournament Team after her 22-point, 11-assist, six-rebound and four-steal performance against St. Joseph Academy.

Turk just passed 1,750 career points, 500 assists, and 500 steals for her career.

Arantxa Fonseca added 16 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for Foothills Christian, while sophomore Nataly Bravo had 15 points and six assists for the Knights.

“Every game we do the best we can and play as a team,” Fonseca said. “No matter who we are playing, we always have to play like the best team in San Diego. I feel way more confident this year just practicing constantly, which gets me better and better and always working on what I need to do better. No matter which team we play, we have to keep the same energy and play how we play.”

Carolyn Burke finished with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, and five steals for the Knights.

Christie Sarkis ended with eight points and four rebounds for the Knights.

Faith Wilson had six points, nine rebounds, and three steals for FCHS.

“We finished the tournament coasting to the win,” Foothills Christian head coach Joey Turk said.We learned from the losses that we had earlier in the week and will be working on being more disciplined on the defensive end of the court. We had good contributions from everyone on the team and look forward to our next set of games after the New Year in the Grossmont Tournament.


EL CAJON VALLEY 58, CENTRAL 32 – The Braves blitzed the Spartans at the Valley Brave Classic by jumping out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter.

El Cajon Valley increased the lead to 30-12 at halftime.

Senior Vean Gorgees had 16 points for the Braves, including a trio of three-pointers. She also had five steals.

The Braves outrebounded Central, 53-26.

Fineita Taulanga had 14 points, a pair of blocks, and 12 rebounds for the Lady Braves.

Tarry Flournoy had 10 points and 10 rebounds for ECV.

El Cajon freshman Ruth Taulanga added six boards.

El Cajon’s Silvia Aboud also had 10 rebounds and five assists.


LINCOLN 61, SANTANA 33 – The Hornets took advantage of a depleted Sultan lineup to win at the Valley Brave Winter Classic.

Briana Jerig had 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals for the Sultans.

Jordyn Beatty, a sophomore, had six points, two rebounds and a steal for Santana.

Belly Terry had six points, six assists and a pair of blocks for Santana.

“My kids played hard and I’m very pleased with their resilience,” Santana head coach Jordan Franey said. “We went into this game without our floor general Lakaila (Aquingnoc-David) and started a freshman and two sophomores and learned some valuable lessons that will only help us get better.”

The Sultans fell to 3-7 overall.

“We are continuing to make adjustments and changes to our lineups and strategies to put us in the best position for success and these early losses are tough but overall will make us a better team.”


MISSION BAY 55, VALHALLA 36 – The winless Lady Norsemen fell behind 12-6 after one quarter, then trailed 26-11 at halftime at the Crawford Tournament.



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