East County Sports

Tourney-tested Griffins prepped for GC Invitational

Grossmont's Imani James at Elisabeth Beesley at the Riverside Tournament on Nov. 13.

2021-22 COMMUNITY COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

East County Sports staff report

EL CAJON —- This week’s 34th annual Grossmont College Invitational finds some slight alteration to one of the Southland’s longest-running events.

Instead of the traditional bracket tournament, which features semifinal and championship contests, the event drops to a round-robin format, giving all six ballclubs three games, to be held this Saturday through Monday (Dec. 18-20).

Contests will be held at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. each day, with the Griffins playing in the featured nightcap each day. Fans are welcome but face masks are required.

The Griffins open against Cuesta College of San Luis Obispo on Day 1, entertain Citrus College of Glendora/Rancho Cucamonga on Day 2, then cap the tournament against L.A. Trade-Tech, a previous champion of the tournament.

Also participating are Cypress and MiraCosta colleges.

Following a slow start, the Griffins (2-7 overall) placed third at the Riverside Tournament.

For the G-House, Elisabeth Beesley (San Diego HS) leads the ballclub in scoring at 17.1 points/game and rebounding (8.0), while Imani James (Lincoln) is the top playmaker as the assists leader.

Beasley earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Riverside event.

Cuyamaca ‘shutout’

RANCHO SAN DIEGO —- At first glance, it looked like the Cuyamaca College women’s basketball team was shut out over the weekend in the Coyotes’ home opener. Of course, that’s was true.

However, according to the CCCAA website and Victor Valley College, the visiting Rams capped their two-game road trip to San Diego by downing Cuyamaca, 79-0.

It ends up that no Coyotes statistics were inputted into the computer, so as of now, no score was reported.

Victor Valley took its first game, 93-89, at Southwestern, as the Vikes (6-5) returned home riding a 4-game winning streak.

Cuyamaca fell to 0-9 overall.

In case Cuyamaca was (doubtfully) shut out, it would break the state record when Santa Monica blasted Los Angeles City in a pair of games in the old Southern California Conference.

In 1981, when women’s basketball was a spring season, the Corsairs swept the two-game series over the Cubs by scores of 112-4 and 120-8.

Santa Monica went on to become an undefeated state crown winner that season; the Lady Cubs went winless.

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