East County Sports

Dons stop Griffins, keep streaks alive




Courtesy, Santa Ana College media relations

SANTA ANA — The Santa Ana College Dons put together a dominant performance as they stayed undefeated with a 71-50 win over the Grossmont Griffins (0-3) on Wednesday (Nov. 8) at historic Cook Gymnasium.

The Dons (3-0 overall) outscored the Griffins in every quarter and expanded their lead to 27 with six minutes left to play. A mixture of defensive strategies implemented by Dns head coach Flo Luppani helped the Dons force 24 turnovers, which led to 31 points including 17 fastbreak points.

In addition, the Dons outrebounded the Griffins by a mark of 46-33, which they used to gain an advantage of nine in both field goal and free throw attempts.

Selena Hernandez led the way for Santa Ana as the sophomore hit four threes on her way to 23 points. The guard out of El Dorado also added three rebounds, two steals and a couple blocks.

And freshman guard, Larissa Robles, recorded a double-double for the Dons with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 10 assists.

Grossmont received a team-best 12 points from freshman forward Brielle Gefrom,while sophomore guard Sterling Edwards (Canyon Hills) posted 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Dons will now take a break until hitting the road again from November 16-18 when they play Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College and Cuesta College.

Meanwhile, Grossmont will host its home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 15, entertaining former conference rival Cerritos at 6 p.m.


The Cuyamaca Coyotes open the season on Nov. 17, starting a road-and-hoe, 2-game series with Palo Verde College of Blythe, Calif. Despite being located in the desert, the PVC Pirates are one of the most improved teams inthe state. How much? We’ll find out this week end they face Cuyamaca’s confenece rival Imperial Valley Collehe.