Matadors, Patriots, Hillers, Knights win
- Updated: February 23, 2020
2020 EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
EastCountySports.com staff report
SPRING VALLEY – The Mount Miguel Matadors held their own personal shooting clinic in the San Diego CIF Division I playoffs on Saturday night.
The Mount Miguel Matadors advanced to the San Diego Section CIF Division I semifinals by defeating Del Norte, 63-48.
Mount Miguel got off to a slow start and trailed the Nighthawks, 17-8, after one quarter.
However, the Matadors turned it around completely in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 31-29 lead.
Jennifer Moreno connected on a trio of three-pointers in the third period en route to 26 points in the important game. The freshman made 12-of-13 free throws in a brilliant performance from the foul line. She also had a team-high six rebounds and four assists.
Freshman Ixchel Rojo, already a strong player, had a tremendous playoff performance with 21 points. She had three three-pointers in the game as Mount Miguel was on target from the outside. She also was near perfect from the foul line, going 9-for-10, and had five steals.
Zanna Hurst, another Mount Miguel freshman, had a pair of threes in the game, while teammate Jacquee Brown also connected once from downtown.
The Lady Matadors really turned up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Nighthawks to just two points in the period.
Mount Miguel improved to 21-7 on the year.
The Matadors will face Mission Hills, the top seed in Division I, in a semifinal on Tuesday at 7.
CHRISTIAN 76, WESTVIEW 51 – The Patriots left no doubt against the Wolverines in the Open Division quarterfinals at Westview High.
Christian High earned one of its most impressive victories this season to advance to the semifinals, as Allie Carreon scored 26 points to lead the Patriots.
The seventh-ranked Patriots improved to 19-10 on the season.
Christian may have earned its signature win of the season thus far, giving Westview just its third loss of the season.
The Patriots scored 25 points in the second quarter to lead 43-31 at halftime.
Kristin Williams had a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter for Christian High.
Christian High limited the Wolverines to just 20 second-half points.
Simone James finished with 12 points for the Patriots.
Sarah Moyer had six free throws in the second half for Christian.
The Patriots will face Cathedral Catholic in the semifinals on Wednesday at 7.
Christian is 0-2 against the Lady Dons this season.
GROSSMONT 56, SAN DIEGUITO ACADEMY 42 – The Foothillers advanced to the San Diego CIF Division II semifinals by winning convincingly on the road.
The sixth-seeded Foothillers improved to 16-13 on the season.
Grossmont methodically defeated the Mustangs, taking a 22-16 lead after the first half.
Sarah Henry came up with a three-pointer to open the second half
Shyann VanKirk and Daneca Perez each had a basket to help the Hillers take a 29-18 lead.
Dominece Silvels had a field goal in the third that put Grossmont up 38-23.
Henry added another pair of buckets in the fourth quarter to keep the margin in double-digits.
Anyssa Chargualaf, Perez and VanKirk also had fourth-quarter buckets and Grossmont did a nice job at the free-throw line down the stretch.
Grossmont (16-13) moves on to take on the second-seeded Lincoln Hornets on Tuesday at 7.
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 61, CORONADO 34 – The Knights moved into the San Diego CIF Division III semifinals by defeating the Islanders.
Foothills Christian improved to 26-4 and will now face Madison, which defeated Helix on Saturday night.
The Knights led 26-18 at halftime but really pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Coronado, 19-5.
Senior Ellie Turk scored 31 points for Foothills Christian, including knocking down five three-pointers. She made eight steals in the contest and also handed out five assists.
Junior Arantxa Fonseca added 11 points for the Knights. She also had a team-high eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Junior Christie Sarkis came up with a great performance, scoring nine points on three three-pointers.
Nataly Bravo added a pair of treys for the Knights, who are the third seed in the Division III playoffs.
MADISON 45, HELIX 44 – The Warhawks won the Division III playoff game in a thriller at the Highlanders’ gym.
Ariy’Ana Duke led Helix with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Selena Soloman added 12 points for Helix.
The Highlanders had a terrific season, finishing with a 15-12 record, which included a 62-15 playoff win over Mar Vista.
BRAWLEY 40, GRANITE HILLS 24 – The Eagles fell short at Brawley in a Division IV quarterfinal but earned respect in the postseason following their first-round win over the Southwest Eagles in the first round.
The Eagles trailed just 29-22 entering the fourth quarter in a competitive contest.
Granite Hills finished with nine wins this season.
HOOVER 52, VALHALLA 45 – The Lady Norsemen had a strong showing against the Cardinals.
For Valhalla, it was a terrific postseason, which included a road win in Blythe over Palo Verde Valley, 46-45.
After trailing by double digits, Valhalla stormed for a rally in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Cards, 32-18, in the second half.
The Lady Norsemen owned a 16-5 fourth-quarter advantage.
The Hoover girls raced out to a 32-10 lead in the game, so Valhalla played very well but only after the big deficit.
Hoover led 47-24 with less than 10 minutes to go in the game.
CASTLE PARK 59, LIBERTY CHARTER 53 – The Trojans eliminated the Lions from the Division IV playoffs. The Lions finished 19-6.
Junior Katie Peet scored 28 points for the Lions.
Liberty finished 19-6 overall.