Duffy, who is averaging nearly 24 points per outing,
had that total beat by halftime. By connecting on 6-of-9
shots from 3-point range, she produced 26 of the Vaqueros'
32 points. And when a perfect pass by MARISSA PITMAN
led to a layin by AMBER REL-SOLIA to open the second
half, El Capitan mounted a 20-point lead.
"Tonight was definitely a team effort -- everyone
stepped up big," said Duffy, defusing attention
from her personal performance. I couldn't do this
by myself and I didn't do this by myself."
Following a slow start, Duffy finished the first period
with 13 points, but on 12 shots from the floor. In the
second period, 4-for-5 shooting plus a couple of foul
shots gave her another 13 points. Many came off passes
by TAYLOR AUTRY, who went scoreless on the night, yet
contributed heavily with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
"Our offense can be up-and-down sometimes with
our ball movement, but on our defense, we were able
to run help-side tonight -- we were talking and defending
well inside," added Duffy. "This game was
a good confidence boost for us and now we see how we
can play when we play together."
Pitman finished with 8 points on 4-for-4 shooting,
while DARIAN BORRAS registered 10 points all
in the fourth quarter to stave off any comeback
attempt by the Sultans.
"It was just catch-and-shoot, catch-and-shoot,"
noted Borras, a sophomore guard. "When I started
to do it and make one, my confidence was there."
"I know that at the beginning of the game, I'm
a little tense because I'm new to this, so I just have
to go out there with confidence and, maybe, get hit
in the face with the ball."
Borras took one shot from a loose ball in the face,
then also hit her head on the floor on the same play.
However, she soon returned and hit three straight outside
shots, including a pair of triples to finish with a
career scoring high.
Meanwhile, Santana's shaky first half could be attributed
to the team going through its third head coach in as
many contests. But the current skipper seems to be prepared
to remain for the long run.
JEFF BICKFORD will serve as interim coach for the balance
of the season following Monday's resignation by JIM
MOTTERSHAW. In between, former Sultans coach WADE VICKERY
took over for one game while the school administration
"It was a tough situation coming in with only
one hour-and-a-half practice," added Bickford.
"I don't know all of our offensive plays or our
(player) rotation that's my biggest challenge
right now. So I will count on our senior leadership
to help me."
"But we played a lot harder and made some adjustments
and played very well in the second half."
Included was a nice shooting spree by center KAILA
SMITH, who made her first four shots from the floor
in the third quarter, scoring 12 of her 16 points over
the final two quarters. Smith also grabbed 9 rebounds
and blocked 3 shots.
Santana scoring: Kaila Smith 16 (9 reb, 3 blk, 2 stl),
Jamie Elias 10, Alyssa Padberg 6 (2 ast, 2 stl), Lauren
Mueller 4, Kim Gross 3 (3 ast), Samantha White 2.
Steele Canyon Cougars at Valhalla
Norsemen (Slideshow by Bill Kolegraff)
Steele Canyon Cougars at Valhalla
Norsemen (Slideshow by Ruth Mims)
STEELE CANYON 53, VALHALLA 37 Although
Steele Canyon has a 15-4 overall record, the Cougars
finally tasted their first Grossmont South League win
Friday night (Jan. 30) at Valhalla. And even that win
did not come easily as the Norsemen (6-15, 0-4 GSL)
led 19-15 at halftime.
Valhalla remained in contention until late in the third
quarter as MacKENZIE CARTMILL hit a 3-pointer to give
the Norsemen a 27-26 lead with 1:40 remaining in the
Before the third period buzzer sounded, a bucket by
SAMANTHA VERNON and a steal and layup by CHRISTINA WILLIAMS
put the Cougars back on top 30-27.
In the opening seconds of the fourth quarter EMILY
ROBERTS dropped in a pair of free throws for Valhalla
to cut the Steele Canyon lead to a single point.
Although it appeared that Steele Canyon was on the
verge of turning the game into a blowout, the Norsemen
refused to buckle.
Cartmill hit her third 3-pointer to leave the Norsemen
trailing only 37-34 with 3:30 to play.
After that, however, it was all about Steele Canyon
as the Cougars scored 16 of the final 19 points. JANVIER
BARBARIN led the way with 8 points.
Barbarin finished with a game-best 18 points, most
of it coming from the free throw line where she converted
10 of 16 chances.
In the first half it was obvious that we were
not mentally prepared, said senior point guard
CHRISTINA WILLIAMS, who finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds,
5 blocks and 8 steals. I think we underestimated
them thought wed just go in and win easily.
It wasnt till the second half that we got it together.
Perhaps the biggest turning point in the game was when
Valhallas NICHOLE MILLER fouled out with Steele
Canyon leading 35-31 and 4:10 remaining. The loss of
the 5-foot-11 junior was obvious as she collected 14
rebounds, made 8 steals, dished 3 assists and blocked
3 shots to go along with 6 points.
I know we were only behind by 4 when I fouled
out, but I felt bad about that, said Miller. We
played well in the first half but not so good in the
Steele Canyon outscored Valhalla 38-18 over the final
I know its our defense that turned the
game around, said Williams. Valhalla killed
us with their trap in the first half, but then we got
more patient and brought things back our way.
Valhalla scoring: MacKenzie Cartmill 15, Nichole Miller
6, Kelsey Cartmill 5, Karissa Ferrell 4, Danielle Wilson
4, Emily Roberts 3.
The Granite Hills Eagles working
hard at practice.
GRANITE HILLS 65, HELIX 46 Led by SABRINA
JIMENEZ 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, Granite
Hills won its fourth straight Friday night (Jan. 30)
by upending host Helix in Grossmont South League action.
The Eagles (14-7), who have scored 131 points in their
last two games, used a 23-8 scoring spread in the second
quarter to run their league record 4-0. That leaves
them tied with perennial power Mount Miguel. These
two teams will collide Tuesday (Feb. 3) in the Eagles
LAUREN BENDER, a 6-foot senior center, added 14 points,
12 rebounds and 6 blocks in one of her better games
of the season. Bender, who was bothered by an ankle
injury early in the season seems to be gaining firm
footing, which is good news for the Eagles.
It was a really good game for us, said
Granite Hills coach JERRY PARKER. I still think
we can play better. We got good effort from Sabrina
and Lauren and our bench played real well. We moved
the ball well, we had good open shots and we played
Helix senior SINOI LEASAU scored 11 of her team-best
21 points in the first quarter, but the Highlanders
(11-11, 2-2 GSL) were still on the short end of a 16-13
score. What hurt the Highlanders even more was Leasau
missed most of the second quarter because she was in
Leasau rebounded to hit four 3-pointers and 7 of 18
shots from the field overall.
MARIAH WALKER failed to contribute a point but led
the Highlanders with 10 rebounds.
KIM SCOTT added 13 points and 3 steals for the Scotties.
Sinoi is our leader and our only real catalyst
were a different team when she is on the
floor, said Helix coach TRINA HANSEN. Granite
Hills came to play tonight. Lauren Bender was superb.
She owned the post play tonight. I feel she played the
best game Ive ever seen her play. Sabrina Jimenez
is an excellent point guard. She was a real quarterback
out there tonight.
The Highlanders, who have lost three of their last
four, must now focus their attention on trying to grab
a playoff spot.
Helix scoring: Sinoi Leasau 21 (4 reb, 1 blk, 3 stl),
Kim Scott 13 (3 stl), Kristina Scott 8 (2 stl), Jacqueline
Smith 2 (9 reb), Iesha Murray 2, Mariah Walker (10 reb).
WEST HILLS 58, EL CAJON VALLEY 14 West
Hills turned in one of its finest defensive efforts
in shutting down visiting El Cajon Valley in Fridays
(Jan. 30) Grossmont North League blowout.
The Wolf Pack (18-5, 3-0 GSL) sprinted to a 16-3 first
quarter lead and then posted a shutout in the 4th quarter.
We finally got off to a good start, West
Hills coach RYAN KINSER said. We executed well
throughout the whole game. We played real good defense
tonight. I thought we took them away from what they
wanted to do.
Ten members of the Pack contributed to the scoring
totals, led by KIMMIE CLARKs 13 markers
the majority (3) of which came from 3-point range.
SHERIKA MILLER added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
I thought we might be more competitive tonight.
They really prevented us from doing what we wanted to
do. West Hills is a very fine team. Ryan has done a
good job with his group. They are very deep and very
El Cajon Valley scoring: Kaylani Faten 3 (4 reb), Erin
Robinson 3 (3 reb), Samantha Julien 3 (3 reb), Tericka
Williams 2 (2 stl), Hazel Doe 2, Jeena Esho 1,
MOUNT MIGUEL 98, MONTE VISTA 18 The hosting
Matadors scored a season-high Friday night (Jan. 30)
as they squashed Spring Valley rival and Grossmont South
League foe Monte Vista.
Six Matadors (16-5, 4-0 GSL) reached double scoring
digits, with DANESIA WILLIAMSON leading the way with
23 points, including three 3-pointers.
MYISHIA WATKINS added 19 points and 10 assists as the
Matadors took a 76-16 lead after three quarters.
Junior SHATAERA ANDERSON enjoyed her finest offensive
outing with a career-high 15 points and snared 7 rebounds
while recording 4 steals.
NICOLE FOUNTAIN added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals
for the Matadors.
Monte Vista (7-14, 1-3 GSL) was shut out in the third
period and scored only two in the last.
If we will just settle down and not turn the
ball over well be all right, Monte Vista
coach MIKE SKIBBE said. If you are going to lose
you might as well lose learning how to play defense.
I know what we need to work on and thats what
were going to do.
The Monarchs did not go down without a fight as they
defeated Mount Miguel s junior varsity team.
Monte Vista scoring: Alexandria Conwright 6, Kayla
Pusey 4, Ruby Ross 4, Deanna Bembry 2 (13 reb, 3 stl,
2 ast, 2 blk), Alexandra Ross 2, LiAiesha Brandon 1.
MADISON 41, CHRISTIAN 27 Although earlier
in the week Christian picked up a forfeit win from Central
League rival Clairemont, the Patriots couldnt
keep their winning ways going Friday night (Jan. 30)
Christian fell behind Madison 19-12 in the first half
but never challenged for the lead.
MONIQUE ELLIOTT accounted for almost half of the Patriots
points as she finished with 13.
We started off too slow we played better
after the first quarter and we were very steady the
rest of the way, said Christian coach SKIP GERLEK.
Mo Elliott played a special game tonight. They
couldnt stop her early. Later on they went to
a 2-3 trap and they got the ball away from her. Our
lack of free throw shooting hurt us, but I feel we are
getting much better.
Christian scoring: Monique Elliott 13, Ricki Gentry
4, Mia Johnson 4, Mary Grabowski 3, Ashley Floyd 3.
West Hills Wolf Pack at Grossmont
Foothillers (Slideshow by Leslie Autry)
Vickery replaced veteran JIM MOTTERSHAW who left
his basketball post seven games short of completing
his third season by submitting a letter of resignation
to Santana Principal TIM SCHWUCHOW on Monday.
Mottershaw could not be reached for comment.
Vickery welcomed the assistance of working with
Santana alum and former coach JOHN BOBOF as well
as junior varsity coach CHUCK PASSENTINO.
It was fun to be nervous, as I was before
the game, Vickery said. Just the competitiveness,
the battles... the help from assistant coaches
feeding me information during the game and at
halftime. It was just a great time.
Santana (15-5, 2-0 GNL) trailed 9-6 after the
Braves ERIN ROBINSON hit a long 3-pointer
early in the 2nd quarter. After that, though,
the Sultans embarked on a 19-2 scoring spree.
Did I miss coaching? Well yeah, absolutely,
Vickery said. But not enough to make it
a career again.
The victory raised the 55-year-old Vickerys
30-year record to 610-119. So thanks to being
called back to active duty, the resulting change
in Vickerys career record might cause the
one-night head coach to have to purchase some
new hardware to replace the now outdated stuff
he has at home. Vickery led the Santana girls
to 9 CIFSDS titles and 19 Grossmont League championships
during his first two reigns (1979-1997 and 1999-2006).
This was a one-game stint for Vickery as JEFF
BICKFORD, an assistant for Santana boys coach
TIM BARRY, will take over the Sultans girls in
time for Fridays (Jan. 30) GNL game at El
I think Jeff has been attending the girls
practices quite a bit, said Vickery, noting
that Bickford will be directing practices on Wednesday
and Thursday. He knows them, and they know
Bickford becomes Santanas third coach this
season that has to be some kind of record.
This is a good chance for Jeff to make
a good impression, Vickery said. I
know hes excited about it. Hes got
the right attitude and appreciates the opportunity
to be a part of this program. More than that,
though, is he has the drive that I used to have.
Santana senior JAMIE ELIAS led Vickerys
final victory parade with 12 points and 6 steals.
I know coach Bickford a little bit
hes a nice guy, Elias said. I
dont really know what to expect, but I guess
Based on Tuesdays (Jan. 27) Grossmont North League
showdown between the two, the Foothillers made their
Actually, they came up one point short as West Hills
escaped with a 52-51 victory. This was a battle to the
wire, as the majority of the games in this league will
With 5 seconds remaining West Hills trailing
by 2 points called a time out at midcourt. The
play designed by West Hills coach RYAN KINSER called
for the ball to go to junior guard MARILYN NADERHOFF,
who banked in a 25-foot three-pointer from the left
wing with one second remaining to give the Pack (17-5,
2-0 GNL) the thrilling victory.
It was a stinging defeat for Grossmont (14-6, 1-2 GNL).
HEATHER SPRINGE did all she could possibly do to give
the Foothillers the win.
Her field goal with one minute left gave the Hillers
a 49-47 lead.
West Hills answered back when KIMMIE CLARK hit a bucket
to tie it at 49-all with 30 seconds remaining.
Once again Springe delivered for the Foothillers, hitting
a shot in the lane and giving Grossmont a 51-49 lead
with 10 seconds remaining.
But Grossmont had no answer for Naderhoffs long
We played the right defense on them, said
Hillers coach MEGAN LONG. We put forth supreme
effort. I couldnt ask for much more from this
team. I am very proud of my team tonight. It was a fun
game to be involved in.
Springe led all scorers with 26 points, hitting 5 of
8 from 3-point range.
TERRA MUSGROVE added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the
Naderhoff and Clark shared the high-point honors for
West Hills with 17 each.
This must have been the best shooting performance
by any opponent in my two years in San Diego ,
said West Hills coach RYAN KINSER. We played terrible
defense tonight. We gave them too many good looks, especially
for a team that shot as much as they did.
MOUNT MIGUEL 55, STEELE CANYON 45 This
was as much a game of post-game patter as it was on-court
play in Tuesdays (Jan. 27) Grossmont South League
encounter at Steele Canyon.
Its been a long time since Mount Miguel (15-5,
3-0 GSL) held such a skimpy lead as it did against the
Cougars 22-21 when the teams broke for
the halftime break. No doubt, the upstart Cougars (14-4,
0-3 GSL) gave Matadors coach ROB SANDOVAL something
to talk about when he went into the locker room.
My kids werent ready to play tonight
they werent even ready to go, said Sandoval.
We made Steele Canyon look good. That was the worst
game we have played ever in the Grossmont South League
against any team.
Our leaders and captain showed poor leadership
and no emotion. I dont have one single good thing
to say about any of my team tonight. Whatever Steele
Canyon did tonight did nothing to us that we havent
seen before. If they feel they should have won the game
thats great but we are 3-0 in league and
they are 0-3.
I dont know how you can be proud when youre
0-3 to start league.
DANIELLE MILLER led Mount Miguel with 18 points and
9 rebounds as senior DANESIA WILLIAMSON sat the whole
first half and finished with 13 points.
It wasnt like Mount Miguel was on the verge of
getting beat as the Matadors led 50-38 with 4 minutes
If we had made our free throws we would have
tied them tonight, said Steele Canyon coach PENNY
SMITH. Weve got to start making our free
throws. Actually, every game except Granite Hills we
lost because of free throws.
Mount Miguel was up by 2, and if you take out
the last 3 minutes of the fourth quarter, they win by
2. They did just enough to win the game.
The Cougars GABRIELLE BEASLEY scored all 7 of
her points in the fourth quarter.
JANVIER BARBARIN led Steele Canyon with 19 points and
I am so proud of what we have accomplished,
Smith said. Last year when we played Mount Miguel
it was a blowout. Our girls strongly feel right now
that they can beat Mount Miguel. Next time we will
HELIX 64, MONTE VISTA 22 Shooting has
not been a strength for the Helix Highlanders this year.
But the Doppler must have been honed in during Tuesdays
(Jan. 27) Grossmont South League game at Monte Vista.
The Highlanders (11-10, 2-1 GSL) connected on 40 percent
of their shots from the field (22 of 47) as they outscored
the Monarchs in all four quarters.
SINOI LEASAU landed 6 of 10 shots from the field
4 of them 3s. She was also 2 for 2 from the free throw
line for a game-high 18 points. The Highlanders
senior floor leader also made 6 of Helix 33 steals.
The sophomore SCOTT sisters twins KIM SCOTT
and KRISTINA poured in 15 points apiece to the
Highlanders scoring pot. Kim was the teams
top free throw shooter with 7 of 8 chances and also
topped the team with 7 steals. Kristina contributed
6 thefts to the pilfering pool.
We took a giant step backwards tonight,
said Monarchs coach MICHAEL SKIBBE. We are at
a point where we need to focus on where we are as a
team and not worry about our opponents. We were way
too nervous tonight. We are going to go back to work
tomorrow and Thursday and prepare for our next game.
The 33 steals by Helix ranks among the all-time best
among the Grossmont Conference although such a record
is not kept.
The Highlanders led 37-14 at halftime and held the
Monarchs to 8 points over the final 16 minutes.
We talked about coming out with intensity and
focus, and that is the way we played, said Helix
coach TRINA HANSEN. It was a treat to coach this
team tonight. The players have really played hard in
practice. They all deserved their playing time tonight.
Monte Vista scoring: Deanna Bembry 8 (3 reb, 2 ast,
3 blk, 2 stl), Opal Ross 4, Dionna Mercer 3, Ruby Ross
2, Christina Kooyman 2 (2 reb), Alexandria Conwright
2, Kayla Pusey 1 (3 reb), LiAiesha Brandon (3 reb),
Alexandra Ross (3 ast), Nichelle Smith (2 reb).
GRANITE HILLS 66, VALHALLA 42 SABRINA
JIMENEZ scored 19 points and LAUREN BENDER added 18
more as host Granite Hills vanquished Valhalla in Tuesdays
(Jan. 27) Grossmont South League action.
Credit the visiting Norsemen for making a game of it
in the first half as they trailed only 23-22.
The second half, however, was all Granite Hills (13-7,
3-0 GSL) as the Eagles scored 43 points while holding
the Norsemen (6-14, 03 GSL) to 18 points.
Defensively we really picked things up in the
second half, said Eagles coach JERRY PARKER. We
moved our feet and reacted well. It was great to get
everybody into the game tonight. Im glad every
The way our bench is playing right now Im
not afraid to play any player at any time of the game.
The Eagles were deadly from the free throw line where
they connected on 24 of 30 shots. Jimenez missed only
1 of 9 charity tosses. KEJI KUBARI was 4 for 4 from
the foul line.
EMILY ROBERTS turned in a strong game for Valhalla
, knocking down 14 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, making
5 steals and handing out 4 scoring passes.
Valhalla scoring: Emily Roberts 14 (7 reb, 4 ast, 5
stl), Nichole Miller 9 (5 reb, 1 blk), MacKenzie Cartmill
5 (3 ast, 2 stl), Ashlee Alfonso 5 (1 blk), Danielle
Wilson 4 (3 reb, 2 blk, 2 stl), Kelsey Cartmill 3 (3
stl), Karissa Ferrell 2, Chelsea Hale (2 reb, 1 blk).
The 2005-06 CIF champion Santana Sultans, guided
coach Wade Vickery (far left) and assisted by
(far right). Mottershaw later took over the
suddenly resigned Monday, with Vickery asked
to take over.
It will be his third stint leading the girls
basketball program. (East County Sports.com file photo)
Vickery asked to rescue Santana
following Mottershaw resignation
The 55-year-old Vickery, the winningest girls basketball
coach in San Diego CIF history with a 609-119 record,
9 CIFSDS titles and 19 Grossmont League championships,
replaces long-time friend and veteran coach JIM MOTTERSHAW
at the helm of the Sultans girls squad, which
is ticketed to play a Grossmont North League game Tuesday
(Jan. 27) at El Cajon Valley at 6 p.m.
This is a tough assignment for Vickery, who takes over
a 14-5 Santana team that is tied with crosstown rival
West Hills for the Grossmont North League at 1-0.
Although he said he attempted to contact but failed
to reach Mottershaw by telephone late Monday night,
Vickery said Well be winging it against
El Cajon Valley. I didnt even know they wanted
me to take the team until about 2:30 yesterday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Mottershaw submitted his letter
of resignation to Santana Principal TIM SCHWUCHOW, Vickery
I had a hint that something was going on when
I left school on Monday. When I got home I had a message
on my answering message from Tim.
Vickery, who said hes seen about five or six
games over the last three seasons since he handed the
coaching reins over to his one-time assistant, met with
Sultans players for about 10 minutes. He has not
had time to conduct any practices. The veteran coach
admits he is unfamiliar with this years team,
but takes solace in that he knows Mottershaws
Were not going to change much, Vickery
said. Jim is a good coach who teaches fundamentals.
Seven games remain in the regular season, and the playoffs
are pretty much a sure thing for the Division III Sultans.
Mottershaw could not be reached for comment.
Vickerys first two coaching tours all
at Santana included 1979-1997 and 1999-2006.
In a battle for a probable second-place finish in the
Grossmont South League Friday night (Jan. 23), the hosting
Granite Hills Eagles overcame an early deficit to down
Steele Canyon, 50-41. The victory left the Eagles (12-7,
2-0 GSL) tied with perennial champion Mount Miguel for
the top spot in the loop.
We dont care what the media says or who
has what in stats, Bender said. We just
try to play our hardest.
Granite Hills was put to the test early on as the Cougars
(14-3, 0-2 GSL) pounced on them for an 8-0 lead. Steele
Canyon saw that lead shrink to 24-23 by intermission.
In the 3rd quarter, Steele Canyon wilted and the Eagles
took flight for a 17-5 scoring spree. Granite Hills
led 49-36 after JESSICA HARRIS canned a 3-pointer with
2:12 remaining. The Cougars kept clawing back, scoring
five of the last six points. But it was far too little,
far too late.
Guard SABRINA JIMENEZ led Granite Hills with 15 points,
5 rebounds and 4 assists. He dropped in a pair of 3-pointers.
Bender, who has been dogged by a nagging ankle injury,
muscled in 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked
Steele Canyon Cougars at Granite
Hills Eagles (Slideshow by Bill Kolegraff)
It matters how many games you win building up
to league, but thats a means of preparing for
league, Bender said of Steele Canyon s 11
straight wins to open the season. Once you get
to league it is a whole new competition.
Harris added 11 points and a pair of treys for Granite
CHRISTINA WILLIAMS was the lone Steele Canyon player
to finish in double scoring digits with 16 points.
We were an undisciplined basketball team tonight,
Steele Canyon coach PENNY SMITH said. We didnt
look to score, treated the game like a scrimmage. For
some reason, we didnt take the game seriously
and it cost us.
But put the loss on me. I couldnt get the
girls to focus and thats my fault.
Steele Canyon scoring: Christina Williams 16, Gabrielle
Beasley 9, Janvier Barbarin 8, Julianne Kolegraff 4,
Jazmin Daigle 2.
MOUNT MIGUEL 62, HELIX 31 Credit Helix
for offering an early challenge to defending Grossmont
South League champion Mount Miguel. The Highlanders
scored the first 4 points in Friday nights (Jan.
23) encounter in Spring Valley , but then had to duck
as the Matadors blazed off 23 unanswered points to end
the quarter 23-4.
It was Mount Miguel s 77th win in 78 league decisions
over the last nine years.
I think our pressure hurt them, said Matadors
coach ROBBIE SANDOVAL. We did a good job of sharing
the basketball tonight. We have been playing good, aggressive
ball lately. That the way I want it to stay.
Four Matadors reached double scoring digits led by
junior NICOLE FOUNTAIN with 15. She also had 8 rebounds,
3 steals and 2 assists.
SHAY YOUNG tossed in 10 points, led the team with 11
rebounds, and blocked 3 shots.
Steady DANESIA WILLIAMSON squeezed out a double-double
with 12 points and 10 assists to go along with 8 steals.
Not to be left out was MYISHIA WATKINS, who was 3 for
3 from the free throw line on her way to a 10-point
Mount Miguel moved the ball well and created
some good shot opportunities, said Helix coach
TRINA HANSEN. We started out real well then they
went on a huge run and took control of the game. We
didnt handle their athleticism.
Mount Miguel will have their hands full on Saturday
(Jan. 24) when they take on once-beaten Foothill of
Orange County at Santa Margarita in the Orange County-San
Diego Challenge at 5 p.m.
Helix scoring: Jacqueline Smith 8, Sinoi Leasau 7,
Kim Scott 7, Mariah Walker 4, Callie Fairweather 3.
No other stats reported.
El Capitan Vaqueros at El Cajon
Valley Braves (Slideshow by Leslie Autry)
EL CAPITAN 50, EL CAJON VALLEY 27 Bouncing
back from a frustrating Grossmont North League opening
loss to West Hills last week, the Vaqueros (19-2, 1-1
GNL) marched past host El Cajon Valley in Fridays
(Jan. 23) action.
ASHLEY DUFFY led the flu-ridden Vaqueros with 19 points.
10 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals.
AMBER REL-SOLIA added 12 points and 6 boards for El
Capitan. TAYLOR AUTRY had a bucket full of El Capitan
goodies as well, notching 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5
Our main plan was to contain HAZEL DOE. We got
four scouting reports that said we need to stop No.
3 (Doe). We held her to 2 points, Quinones said.
COUNTY CAREER SCORING
El Capitan (thru 1-23-09)
Ashley Duffy needs 262 points to become the first
sister combination to score 2,000 points each in
Jordan Franey (Santana)
and Allison Duffy (El Capitan) share the East County
and Grossmont Conference record for career scoring
with 2,190 points.
We ran quite a bit of sets, ran some presses.
If you are going to get in a track meet with El Cajon
Valley youre going to lose. They are quick up
and down the floor. They never give up. They are getting
We are still under the weather with colds. Duffy
didnt go to school yesterday, only came to school
today just so she could play tonight.
Santana scoring: Jamie Elias 19, Kaila Smith 8, Lauren
Mueller 7, Kim Gross 6, Amanda Grable 4, Delia Files
4. No other stats reported.
Valhalla Norsemen at Monte Vista
Monarchs (Slideshow by Ruth Mims)
MONTE VISTA 50, VALHALLA 40 Sophomore DEANNA
BEMBRY twirled a triple-double of 13 points, 18 rebounds,
10 assists and 6 steals in three quarters of play in Friday
nights (Jan. 23) Grossmont South League contest
in Spring Valley.
Valhalla took the early lead in the first quarter,
but the Monarchs fought back to lead 29-25 at halftime.
A 19-9 scoring splurge by Monte Vista put the game away.
We didnt change very much but we quit making
our little mistakes, said Monarchs coach MICHAEL
SKIBBE. I tell my team every game is a preparation
for the next one. If you play your game and not
the other teams well be all right.
I dont want to play somebody elses game.
LiAIESHA BRANDON had a break-out night, scoring a team-best
and career high 18 points for Monte Vista (7-12, 1-1
OPAL ROSS did a lot of good things for us,
said Skibbe. Her growth has been so much in the
last 2-3 weeks that she has worked herself up to be
MacKENZIE CARTMILL had 19 points, including 5 three-pointers
to lead Valhalla (5-14, 0-2 GSL).
Monte Vista scoring: LiAiesha Brandon 18, Deanna Bembry
13 (18 reb, 10 ast, 6 stl), Alexandra Ross 8, Kayla
Pusey 5, Christina Kooyman 2, Nichelle Smith 2, Opal
Valhalla scoring: MacKenzie Cartmill 19 (4 stl), Nichole
Miller 7 (9 reb, 3 stl), Kelsey Cartmill 5 (3 stl),
Karissa Ferrell 4, Danielle Wilson 2 (5 reb, 4 stl),
Chelsea Hale 2, Emily Roberts 1 (4 ast, 7 reb, 5 stl),
Alle Mims (5 reb).
KEARNY 52, CHRISTIAN 10 The Komets remained
undefeated in Central League play by topping the visiting
Patriots in Linda Vista. Kearny (8-7 overall, 5-0 CL)
temporarily moved a half-game in front of Coronado (7-6,
4-0), pending the Islanders' late game with Clairemont.
Ashleigh King, who has been held under 20 points only
three times all season, paced the Komets with 21 points.
Meanwhile, Kiana Lee added 12, including a foul shot
with exactly one minute to play, ruining Christian's
bid to avoid implementation of the 40-point (running
"Still, we're improving a lot and having fun,"
said point guard MONIQUE ELLIOTT. "Hopefully, we'll
still get a win this season."
Christian scoring: Ricki Gentry 4, Joann Parks 2, Mia
Johnson 2, Monique Elliott 2.
Naturally, that bothers second year head coach PENNY
SMITH, but he doesnt dwell of the subject.
The difference in this one was the play of the Cougars
5-foot-2 senior guard CHRISTINA WILLIAMS, who scored
a game-high 20 points.
Williams nailed 4 three-pointers to lead Steele Canyon
to a 41-29 victory over visiting Santana in Tuesdays
(Jan. 20) Grossmont Conference crossover contest. It
was Steele Canyon s first win ever over Santana.
Williams connected on 8 of 18 shots from the field,
grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 2 assists.
She was the best player on the floor by
far, said Santana coach JIM MOTTERSHAW. She
hit outside, was able to penetrate and hit her jump
shots. We couldnt guard her.
The Cougars outscored the Sultans (12-5) in all four
It was a good job rebounding back from the loss
to Helix, said Smith. It was a job well
done by our bench. I thought we played excellent defense
tonight. We took Santana out of their comfort zone.
We handled the ball well.
Steele Canyon had only seven turnovers, while Santana
It doesnt matter how many turnovers you
have if you cant shoot, said Mottershaw,
whos Sultans made only 12 of 50 (24 percent) of
their shots. What really hurts is when your top
outside shooter (JAMIE ELIAS) goes 0-for-12.
Mottershaw warned his girls in Mondays practice
that they were pretty sloppy and that if they carried
that into Tuesdays game they wouldnt like
Santana, which was unable to shoot over Steele Canyon
s zone defense, produced only two assists. The
Sultans post players were 6 of 16 inside the paint,
while the perimeter shooters were a paltry 6 of 34.
All I can say about our offense is we were horrendous,
Defensively though, Santana did leave its mark, holding
team leader JANVIER JV BARBARIN to 2 shots
and 2 points (and 8 rebounds) as she was plagued by
ALYSSA PADBERG led Santana with 13 points and 5 rebounds,
while Steele Canyon s JANIQUE COFIELD led all
rebounders with 10 boards.
EL CAPITAN 65, MONTE VISTA 40 Despite
being bitten by the flu bug, El Capitan rebounded nicely
from last weeks loss to West Hills on Tuesday
(Jan. 20) as the visiting Vaqueros mowed down Monte
Vista in a Grossmont Conference crossover game.
It was all about balanced offense for El Capitan,
as MARISSA PITMAN broke out of a lengthy slump with
a game-high 18 points the majority coming on
A lot of our team is fighting the flu bug,
said El Capitan coach FRANK QUINONES. And that
includes ASHLEY DUFFY. So a lot of the credit goes to
Pitman for stepping up, picking us up when we needed
In spite of feeling sub-par, Duffy managed another
triple-double with 14 points, 13 assists, 13 steals
and 2 blocks.
That shows you what kind of player she is,
said Quinones, who is also suffering from the flu. No
matter what the obstacles are and how shes feeling,
Duffy proves that shes the best player in the
TAYLOR AUTRY turned in a strong game for El Capitan
with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
After watching the game film of our performance
last week against West Hills, when we shot 19 percent,
it was a good feeling to see us shoot as well as we
did today, Quinones noted.
El Capitan (18-2) nailed 25 of 62 shots from the floor
for 40 percent.
For Monte Vista it was a tough night, as the Monachs
(6-13) fell behind 21-12 after one quarter and were
playing chase after that.
DEANNA BEMBRY paced Monte Vista with 10 points, 6 rebouns
and 3 assists.
CHRISTINA KOOYMAN led the Monarchs with 7 rebounds
to go along with 4 points. KAYLA PUSEY contributed 6
points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
We put together four good quarters, said
Monte Vista coach MICHAEL SKIBBE. This was the
game we looked to play all season, and its the
best game weve played here at Monte Vista. We
got good open looks at our shots tonight. If we play
the rest of the season the way we played tonight well
be a tough team to play.
Monte Vista scoring: Deanna Bembry 10 (6 reb, 3 ast),
Kayla Pusey 6 (3 reb, 3 stl), Alexandria Conwright 5,
Christina Kooyman 4 (7 reb), Opal Ross 4 (6 reb, 3 ast,
2 stl), LiAiesha Brandon 3 (5 reb), Alexandra Ross 2
(4 reb), Nichelle Smith 2 (3 reb), Dionna Mercer 2 (3
reb), Stefanie Banks 2.
WEST HILLS 53, HELIX 31 After struggling
to losses in two of its previous four games West Hills
finally turned up the heat on its offense to send visiting
Helix reeling in Tuesdays (Jan. 20) Grossmont
Conference crossover contest.
Despite allowing Helix SINOI LEASAU a powerful
22 points and 10 rebounds, the Wolf Pack used its overall
balance and a strong second half to defeat the Highlanders.
West Hills (16-5) overpowered the Highlanders (10-9)
by a 34-19 second half count.
SHERIKA MILLER led a West Hills with 13 points, while
KIMMIE CLARK and MARILYN NADERHOFF added 11 points apiece
for the Pack. All three included a trey in their totals.
Naderhoff and Clark were also 2 for 2 from the line.
They out-hustled us and out-worked us,
said West Hills coach RYAN KINSER. We played poor
basketball for the first 2 ½ quarters.
It was one of Leasaus better games of the season.
Unfortunately she did not have a lot of help although
MARIAH WALKER did grab 10 rebounds.
We played defense well but our offense couldnt
find its momentum, said Helix coach TRINA HANSEN.
We didnt shoot well at all. West Hills was
able to get momentum when they wanted it.
CRAWFORD 44, CHRISTIAN 17 The winless
Patriots woes continued in Tuesdays (Jan.
20) Central League game at Crawford.
The game was still within reach until the Colts blanked
the Patriots 14-0 in the final period.
We didnt do all that bad, said Christian
coach SKIP GERLEK. They had one player hit four
3s in the first quarter, so we moved to a box-and-one
defense and our defense kept us in the game. They didnt
pressure us very well at all. They owned the court on
us in the fourth quarter. They ran the floor real well.
Christian scoring: Ricki Gentry 7, Monique Elliott
5, Carrisa Johnson 2, Haley Baker 2, Mary Grabowski
(By Major Media Outlets)
Thru Jan. 18
1. The Bishop's
3. La Jolla Country Day 4. Mount Miguel
5. Mt. Carmel
6. Mater Dei
7. Eastlake 8. West Hills
9. Cathedral Catholic
10. Our Lady of Peace
Others: El Capitan (17-2),
La Costa Canyon (9-4), Ramona (12-5),
San Pasqual (12-5), Santana (13-4), Westview
1. The Bishop's
2. Poway 3. Mount Miguel
4. Mt. Carmel 5. El Capitan
6. Mater Dei
7. Eastlake 8. Santana
9. La Jolla Country Day 10. West Hills
Others: Our Lady of Peace
(15-3), Steele Canyon (13-2), Grossmont
(13-4), Ramona (13-4), Montgomery (13-4),
Westview (13-5), San Pasqual (12-5), La Costa
For West Hills, to be successful on the basketball
coach, they simply need to find its comfort level. But
when the Wolf Pack lost track of that zone, it allowed
6th-ranked Mater Dei to speed up Monday's (Jan. 19)
Martin Luther King Challenge game to claim a 60-49 decision
in a battle of Top 10 ballclubs at Horizon Christian
"Basically, we ran our offenses and were really
successful," said Wolf Pack senior SHERIKA MILLER
about her team taking a 26-20 halftime lead. "But
in the second half, our tempo was too fast and we committed
West Hills, rated 8th and 10th in the major media polls,
picked apart the Crusaders' press, gaining a wide array
of open shots. Miller led the way with 9 of her team-high
14 points in the first half.
Meanwhile, Mater Dei, forced into a half-court game,
demonstrated its Achilles' heel by shooting a mere 24
percent (7-for-29) from the floor. So when Crusaders
increased the pressure with a 2-3 press, Mater Dei went
on a 12-6 run to tie the game, then turned it up another
notch with a 19-4 stretch for a 51-36 lead
The beneficiary of the turnovers forced by the press
was Mater Deis Ebony Henry, who scored 13 of her
game-high 22 points in the third period. Included were
10 of Mater Dei's first 12 points of the second half
to catch the Wolf Pack at 32-all, then 6-foot-3 center
Soulijah Evans (a Mount Miguel tranfer) scored on a
pair of layins, followed by a 3-point goal by Henry
to take command.
"We had to break through their zone because we
weren't shooting very well, but we finally broke through
it in the second half," said Henry, who registered
five second-half steals to fuel the transition game.
"Our defense wasn't working -- it was very frustrating
-- so we knew we had to pick it up in the second half."
"He did so much for our
country," said West Hills' SHERIKA MILLER,
a senior of both Japanese and African-American descent.
"It's good to play basketball on his day of
remembrance. I get to do my favorite thing on this
day, which wasn't always possible."
about Dr. King forever, so yes, it's a really important
day for me," noted Mater Dei senior Ebony Henry.
"It feels good to come out and play well on
"Our press looks like a man, but it's really a
Throw in a poor shooting night by West Hills' guards
(a combined 6-for-29) plus 22 turnovers, the loss should
again keep riding the line on remaining ranked. However,
Miller sees a bright future as the Grossmont North League
leading Wolf Pack returns to Grossmont Conference play
for the remainder of the regular season.
"Mater Dei has more foot speed all around,"
noted Miller. "So we have to play all four quarters
at our pace and do what we do best."
West Hills (15-5) is now 2-4 against Top 10 teams,
including victories over Cathedral Catholic and El Capitan,
and a narrow 8-point setback to top-ranked The Bishop's.
The other losses were to La Costa Canyon and Mount Miguel.
"We're not going to lose anymore -- that's our
goal," Miller added. "Just play all four quarters
at our best and win here on out."
AMBER DARBY posted 8 points and 8 rebounds for West
Hills, CONNIE HINES added 6 points and 7 boards off
We executed the defensive game plan perfectly
in the first half. In the second half we had too many
turnovers and did not shoot well, said Wolf Pack
coach RYAN KINSER. They got us involved in their
up-tempo transition in the second half. That is not
the way we like to play. Mater Dei is a top ranked team
in San Diego County. To beat them you have to play better
than we did tonight.
Unfortunately, that team was La Jolla Country Day,
which rallied from a 9-point deficit to down Mount Miguel,
53-48, at the LJCD Elite Classic.
Like Country Day, the Matadors upgraded their schedule
to battle many of the Southland's best to get ready
for postseason play. Dropping out of the Grossmont North-South
crossover event, Mount Miguel has played in several
one-day invitationals to become tournament tested.
However, after playing opponents like Chino Hills-Ayala,
L.A.-View Park, Moreno Valley-Canyon Springs and state
No. 1 Santa Ana-Mater Dei with 16-1 Santa Ana-Foothill
still to come in next Saturday's Orange County-San Diego
Challenge in Rancho Santa Margarita the Matadors
(13-4 overall) have only a single victory to show for
"They out-worked us that was the difference
in the game," said Matadors coach ROBBIE SANDOVAL.
"Their effort was better than ours towards the
The Torreys turned one simple strategic alteration
into a 20-point turnabout.
After Mount Miguel sophomore DANIELLE MILLER drove
the lane for a layin and foul for a 3-point play to
open the second half, LJCD trailed 29-20. So they switched
from a man press to a zone press, causing havoc to the
Keying the transition was Torreys forward Chemayne
Shipley, who registered five steals in the third quarter,
igniting a series of easy LJCD baskets to take a 46-35
"We've seen those presses before, but for some
reason, we got sloppy with the ball," added Sandoval.
"They made more plays than we did."
Mount Miguel moved back into position to steal the
game late, moving to within 48-44. But when senior point
guard DANESIA WILLIAMSON was called for a controversial
5th foul with 2:46 remaining, the rally fizzled even
though LJCD point guard Ariana Elegado fouled out on
the very next play.
"Mount Miguel was killing us with penetration
on our defense," noted Elegado. "So even though
we had three girls with four fouls, we just had to push
the ball on the transition and took the momentum."
Elegado missed her first 12 shots from the floor. But
aided by Shipleys steals, Elegado then caught
on fire, scoring all of her 10 points over the final
9 minutes. Shipley finished with a game-high 15 points,
while 6-foot-4 center Gillian Howard added 11 points,
11 rebounds and 4 shot blocks.
The Matadors started slowly, as Williamson scored 8
of her 10 points in the opening period to stay close
at 14-10. Then a big second period saw Mount Miguel's
DECHAE EVANS tally all of her 8 points in the second
period, while NICOLE FOUNTAIN added 6 of her 7 points
during the same stretch for a 26-20 halftime lead.
Throw in massive foul trouble for the Torreys
three starters had three fouls early in the second half,
then four each early in the final period and
Mount Miguel saw an opportunity for a blowout victory.
"They kept killing us by driving to the basket,"
noted Shipley. "But when we finally stopped that,
we showed we can be the No. 1 team in San Diego. We
have to keep up the tradition."
La Jolla Country Day hosts top-ranked The Bishop's
in a league contest next Friday. They have won the past
Mount Miguel scoring: Danesia Williamson 10, Danielle
Miller 9, Shay Young 8 (6 reb, 3 charges, 2 stl), Dechae
Evans 8 (9 reb), Nicole Fountain 7, Myishia Watkins
6, Shataera Anderson (7 reb).
Helix Highlanders at Steele
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Utilizing what was arguably their finest defensive
effort of the season, the Scotties held host Steele
Canyon some 22 points below its scoring average Friday
(Jan. 16), racing to a 44-35 triumph in the teams' Grossmont
South League opener.
Helix held the Cougars to 11 points or less over all
four quarters thanks to the top of its press, which
featured the sister combination of guards KRISTINA and
"The coaches told us to play hard, and our parents
also told us to play hard," said Kim Scott, a sophomore.
"Defense is why we won. We can compete with anyone
we look forward to it."
The Scotts finished with three steals each while forcing
several other turnovers with their pressure.
Both ballclubs struggled to produce any offense in
the early going, as a pair of 3-point goals by SINOI
LEASAU moved Helix to within 18-17 at the half. But
when the Scott sisters started connecting for a collective
11 points in the third period, when added to Leasau's
7 points, it pushed the Highlanders to a 35-24 lead
entering the final quarter.
"We were cold (shooting) in the first half, but
we came back and played with a lot of heart,' said Leasau,
a senior, who paced the Scotties with 19 points. "We
spread them out with our motion (offense), then looked
for our options off our screens or back-door cuts."
Meanwhile, JANVIER "JV" BARBARIN tried to
keep her Cougars close with 5 of the team's 6 points
in the third, but when Steele Canyon s starters
could only muster a single basket in the fourth quarter,
even 9 points from the bench could not make a major
dent to the Helix advantage.
"Even if they broke the press, we fell back into
a 2-3 zone and didn't try to block any shots,"
added Leasau. "We just had to box out and try to
own the boards and keep Barbarin off the boards."
A pair of late baskets by the Cougars' JAZMIN DAIGLE
did make things interesting with 3:22 left, the latter
coming on a nice feed from CHRISTINA WILLIAMS for a
layin to cut the deficit to 40-35.
However, a feed by MARIAH WALKER led to a JACKIE SMITH
layin in the final minute, set up on a steal by SIMONE
CORDER. Kim Scott followed with a pair of foul shots,
as Helix did not miss any second-half foul shots after
going 0-for-4 in the first half.
The Scotties (10-8, 1-0 GSL) have captured 5 of their
last 6 contests.
Barbarin finished with 11 points, while Williams added
9 for Steele Canyon (13-2, 0-1 GSL).
Steele Canyon scoring: Janvier Barbarin 11, Christina
Williams 9, Samantha Vernon 4, Julianne Kolegraff 4,
Jazmin Daigle 4, Gkia Myles 2, Gabrielle Beasley
WEST HILLS 52, EL CAPITAN 31 Some might
call this an upset since visiting El Capitan arrived
at West Hills with all the high rankings and only one
loss in its first 18 games.
Looking at the bottom line there was an upset
and that would be El Capitan coach FRANK QUINONES and
his band of Vaqueros, who were outscored in all four
quarters by West Hills (15-4, 1-0 GNL).
Theyre a good team and theres no
disputing that, Quinones said of the Wolf Pack.
But when we shoot like we did tonight were
not going to beat a whole lot of teams.
El Capitan netted only 23 percent of 48 shots from
the floor and missed 9 of its 14 free throws. The Vaqueros
scored only 3 points in the 2nd quarter, hitting just
one of 13 shots from the field.
The Vaqueros, however, did limit West Hills to a mere
4 points in the opening 4 minutes. It didnt seem
to matter as the Lakesiders poor marksmanship
helped West Hills take a 27-11 halftime lead.
We got off to another slow start on offense,
Wolf Pack coach RYAN KINSER said. Once we settled
down offensively we played real well. We stuck pretty
much to our game plan all night, both on offense and
ASHLEY DUFFY accounted for 20 of El Capitan s
points. She nailed a trio of 3-pointers and 3 of 4 free
throws. In addition, she reeled in a game-high 13 rebounds,
blocked 2 shots and made 2 steals.
We wanted to make all of Duffys shots real
tough ones and then shut down the other players completely,
Kinser said. And we did just that. I think we
really frustrated El Capitan tonight. Duffy had 10 points
through the first three quarters, then she scored 10
in the 4th quarter.
West Hills got its usual offensive balance as eight
players contributed to the scoring.
SHERIKA MILLER led the way with 12 points and 5 rebounds,
while KIMMIE CLARK tossed in 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds,
and made 2 steals.
AMBER DARBY had 12 rebounds and CONNIE HINES collected
9 caroms off the glass and posted 6 steals.
We forced too many ill-advised shots, just played
out of synch all night, Quinones said. But
this is a tough league and I dont think anybody
can go undefeated.
GRANITE HILLS 61, MONTE VISTA 33 Granite
Hills pulled an inside-outside job on visiting Monte
Vista in Fridays (Jan. 16) Grossmont South League
LAUREN BENDER controlled the paint for the Eagles (11-7,
1-0 GSL). The 6-foot senior scored 23 points and bagged
Meanwhile SABRINA JIMENEZ was patrolling the perimeter.
The 5-foot-8 junior swished 22 points, dished 5 assists,
plucked 5 rebounds and made 2 steals for the Eagles.
Jimenez was also 7-for-7 from the rebound line.
Granite Hills, which has won 3 of its last 5, outscored
the Monarchs (6-12, 0-1 GSL) in every quarter.
Defensively and rebounding-wise I felt we could
have done much better, said Granite Hills coach
JERRY PARKER. We gave up too many offensive rebounds
and second chance points. Lauren and Sabrina played
well together tonight.
DEANNA BEMBRY led Monte Vista with a double-double
of 15 rebounds and 10 points. She also had 3 assists
and a pair of steals.
Deanna Bembry played real well, said Monte
Vista coach MICHAEL SKIBBE. I think we saw in
tonights game what we really need to work on for
our next game.
Monte Vista scoring: Deanna Bembry 10 (15 reb, 3 ast,
2 stl), Dionna Mercer 7 (6 reb), Alexandria Conwright
7, LiAiesha Brandon 6 (6 reb), Alexandra Ross 3 (4 reb,
2 stl), Kayla Pusey (4 reb, 2 stl).
MOUNT MIGUEL 73, VALHALLA 30 Despite
playing less than three quarters, Mount Miguel senior
guard DANESIA WILLIAMSON delivered a triple-double as
the visiting Matadors vanquished Valhalla in Friday
nights (Jan. 16) Grossmont South League opener.
Williamson tossed in 26 points, delivered 10 assists
and made 10 steals for the Matadors (13-3, 1-0 GSL),
who are 76-1 in their last nine years of league play.
The Matadors, who will play host La Jolla Country Day
on Saturday (Jan. 17) in the Elite Classic at 5:30,
pressed the Norsemen into virtual submission, taking
a first quarter lead of 29-2.
We stopped pressing after the first quarter because
(Valhalla coach) CARLOS MOSS is a friend of mine,
said Matadors coach ROBBIE SANDOVAL.
Valhalla, led by NICHOLE MILLERs 10 points, committed
Valhalla scoring: Nichole Miller 10 (2 reb), Kelsey
Cartmill 5 (4 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl), MacKenzie Cartmill
4, Karissa Ferrell 3, Chelsea Hale 2, Danielle Wilson
2 (2 reb, 5 stl, 2 blk), Emily Roberts 2 (2 reb, 3 ast,
2 stl), Torrey Rook 2 (3 reb).
CORONADO 37, CHRISTIAN 21 It was more
tough sledding for the Christian High Patriots, who
fell behind host Coronado in Fridays (Jan. 16)
Central League faceoff and never recovered.
The Islanders (6-6, 3-0 CTL) pounced on the Patriots
(0-9, 0-3 CTL) for a 25-7 halftime cushion and were
never seriously threatened thereafter.
Even in defeat, though, Christian coach SKIP GERLAK
found something positive in his teams latest outing.
We played well tonight, Gerlak said. We
took some huge steps forward. I am pleased with our
offense tonight. We ran our plays well and had good
looks at open shots. Coronado is a good team. They are
much bigger than we are.
Christian scoring: Ricki Gentry 8, Mia Johnson 5, Monique
Elliott 4, Joann Park 4.
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Twice in the final quarter the Braves trailed Grossmont
by two points. The Foothillers (13-4) finally snubbed
El Cajon Valleys upset bid with some clutch
free throw shooting in the final 90 seconds to claim
a 40-34 victory.
With Grossmont clinging to a 34-32 edge, the Foothillers
senior CHANEL PUTRAS missed a 3-point shot but drew
a foul. Putras hit all three free throws to put Grossmont
over the top.
We got into early foul trouble, but that doesnt
diminish their effort, Grossmont coach MEGAN LONG
said of the Braves. Theyre going to knock
somebody off in our league. Theyve made major
improvement, so there are no longer any automatic wins
or nights off in this league anymore. Come ready to
play or prepare to lose.
TERRA MUSGROVE paced Grossmont with a double-double
of 10 points and 12 rebounds. HEATHER SPRINGE chipped
in with 11 points and five boards.
Springe tweaked an ankle midway through the 3rd
quarter and didnt play the rest of the game,
said Long. She originally hurt the ankle earlier
in the year.
HAZEL DOE led El Cajon Valley (10-8) with 11 points
and 4 steals.
We just dont know how to win yet,
said El Cajon Valley coach RANDY ROBINSON.
Four of the Braves losses have come by six points or
Were probably a year away from where Id
like us to be, Robinson said. Weve
come a long, long way and Im very pleased with
how far weve come. My goal when I took back over
was to make this team competitive and reestablish pride
in the program. I want kids to be proud of El Cajon
For JULIANNE KOLEGRAFF it was special. The Cougars
5-foot-4 sophomore guard scored a career-high
15 points as Steele Canyon (13-1) tamed the Tigers
Steele Canyon needed a 20-7 third quarter scoring
spree to open up a game the Cougars led by a single
point at intermission.
JV BARBARIN produced a double-double of 14 points
and 12 rebounds, while CHRISTINA WILLIAMS chipped
in with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks
and 6 steals for the Cougars.
I didnt like our play in the 1st
half at all, said Cougars coach PENNY SMITH.
But we worked it out in the halftime talk.
It was a great talk really motivational.
In the 2nd half it was a great game. I took my
starters out in the 4th quarter. We have been
taught since the very beginning how to finish
basketball games. We got close to it tonight.
The contest was the first for Steele Canyon since
suffering its initial setback of the season, snapping
a season-opening 12-game winning streak.
Owners of eight consecutive Grossmont South League
titles, the Matadors are just two crowns away from the
East County record of 10 titles, held by WADE VICKERY's
Santana Sultans (1987-95). And No. 9 for the Matadors
should be no problem, as the second-ranked team in the
CIF-San Diego Section will find few challengers this
Conversely, the Grossmont North League may be the most
All five schools possess winning records, including
double-digit victory totals, posting a remarkable composite
66-20 (.767) record.
1. MOUNT MIGUEL (12-3; Last year: 1st) During
the Matadors' current 8-year string of GSL crowns, they
have lost just a single league contest in 76 outings
(.987) under coach ROBBIE SANDOVAL. And another 10-0
slate is expected with an influx of young talent joining
senior DANESIA WILLIAMSON, East County's second-leading
scorer at 19.7 points per game.
Williamson, a first-team All-San Diego Section guard
ticketed for USD, leads the team with her swift ball-handling
and ball-hawking defense.
Throw in top underclassmen NICOLE FOUNTAIN, DECHAE
EVANS, MYISHIA WATKINS, DANIELLE MILLER, and freshman
center SHAY YOUNG, and Mount Miguel could not only break
Santana's record, it could well snap the section mark
of 14 consecutive league titles set by Eastlake.
2. GRANITE HILLS (10-7; Last year: 2nd)
Young yet experienced is the reason the Eagles were
selected over Steele Canyon to repeat in a runner-up
finish behind Mount Miguel.
With the return of center LAUREN BENDER from injury,
junior point guard SABRINA JIMENEZ will be allowed to
operate the offense both as scorer (16.0 avg.) and facilitator.
Throw in a tougher schedule than the one played by
Steele Canyon -- the Eagles nipped Santana, 43-42, and
lost to once-beaten El Capitan twice, 55-50 and
61-52 Granite Hills seems better prepared to
3. STEELE CANYON (13-1; Last year: tie 3rd)
The Cougars saw their season-opening 11-game winning streak
snapped last week by Grossmont, 50-46, which may be a
better indication of the team's strength rather than a
succession of wins over mediocre competition.
However, you need to start from somewhere in order
to rebuild the program, so head coach PENNY SMITH, unsure
where the program was at when he inked the schedule,
must be pleased by his team's quick advancement.
Powering the Cougars is JANVIER JV BARBARIN,
a 5-foot-9 junior who posts double-double figures in
both scoring and rebounding practically every night.
However, if Granite Hills can double-team her successfully,
it will be up to JULIANNE KOLEGRAFF, SAMANTHA VERNON
and CHRISTINA WILLIAMS to pick up the slack.
4. HELIX (9-8; Last year: tie 3rd) The
Highlanders were pounded by top-ranked The Bishop's
School, 75-33, back on Dec. 9. But, my, how the Scotties
have grown ever since, with a victory over Patrick Henry
and a revenge triumph over Grossmont.
Keeping Helix down is its lack of ability to play a
full, 32-minute game, despite the leadership of senior
guard SINOI LEASAU (15.8 points/game). The Scotties
can control the boards thanks to post players JACQUELINE
SMITH and MARIAH WALKER, but the pair must also score
more for Helix to gain a first-division finish.
5. MONTE VISTA (6-10; Last year: 5th)
Following a 2-24 campaign, the Monarchs' rebuilding
plan already shows a tripling of their victory total
with 40 percent of the schedule remaining.
Monte Vista looks to DEANNA BEMBRY, LiAIESHA BRANDON
and ALEXANDRIA CONWRIGHT for continued growth.
6. VALHALLA (5-10; Last year: 6th) The
Norsemen also went 2-24 a year ago, mirroring Monte
Vista in several aspects. But to escape the cellar,
it is the Monarchs whom they must defeat.
EMILY ROBERTS, MacKENZIE CARTMILL and TENISHA LEE lead
1. WEST HILLS (14-4; Last year: 1st) The
Wolf Pack may be the North League's top defensive ballclub,
and possess just enough scoring to repeat as champions
in a photo finish victory for the league crown.
SHERIKA MILLER and MARIAH BENNETT power the defense,
while point guard MARILYN NADERHOFF manages an offense
which can run or operate in the half court. The team
also features 3-point sharpshooter KIMMIE CLARK.
This ballclub has been together for several years,
including several seasons on club teams, making West
Hills the pick to become the first GNL team to repeat
as titlists in several years.
2. EL CAPITAN (17-1; Last year: 2nd) San
Diego State-bound senior ASHLEY DUFFY, the East County
scoring leader at 23.8 per contest, will challenge Mount
Miguel's Williamson for player of the year laurels.
Her ability to shoot the jumper or drive the lane make
her a double-threat, as she still holds an outside shot
to join her older sister, ALLISON, to become the first
sister combination in CIFSDS history to each score 2,000
points. However, the younger Duffy expects to face a
boat-load of multiple defenses, traps and double-teams
to slow her progress
Fortunately, the Vaqueros own a little bit of everything.
Scoring balance from senior TAYLOR AUTRY, rebounding
and percentage shooting from sophomore AMBER REL-SOLIA,
and defense from a host of others, so don't be surprised
if El Capitan steps up to earn its fourth GNL title
in six seasons.
3. GROSSMONT (12-4; Last year: 4th) First-year
head coach MEGAN LONG was an assistant to then-head
coach TIM JOLLETT when the Foothillers ran the table
to capture the Grossmont North League championship in
2007. Long would like to perform similar magic this
Forward HEATHER SPRINGE (18.7 points) and center TERRA
MUSGROVE (11.8 points) -- both seniors -- may be the
best 1-2 punch inside in the league. But consistency
from the guards to handle opponents' pressure will determine
the Hillers' long-term fate.
Springe is also a top 3-point shooter, along with teammate
4. SANTANA (13-4; Last year: 3rd) It's
hard to believe that it's been six seasons since the
Sultans last reigned as GNL champions, but they could
still sneak into the mix thanks to a veteran squad featuring
Topping the list is guard JAMIE ELIAS, the team's leading
scorer. (15.2) Generally speaking, when she scores in
double figures, the Sultans win (0-3 when she doesn't).
So it will be up to her teammates to overcome strong
defenses by West Hills and El Capitan to make a run
for the title.
This could occur thanks to steady play by KAILA SMITH
and ALYSSA PADBERG, but at least one will need a breakthrough
performance -- i.e., score 20 or more -- to upset any
of the teams listed above them.
5. EL CAJON VALLEY (10-7; Last year: 5th)
Already owning more victories than any other Braves
ballclub this decade, El Cajon Valley still might be
hard-pressed to add to its total in what might be the
toughest league -- fully top-to-bottom -- in the entire
San Diego Section.
Veteran East County coach RANDY ROBINSON has taken
great strides in developing ERIN ROBINSON, KAYLANI FATEN,
SAMANTHA JULIEN and HAZEL DOE. But taking on teams featuring
players with club-ball experience will make it difficult
when facing various styles of defense or overcoming
The Braves have not won a league contest this decade
El Capitan Vaqueros at Granite
Hills Eagles (Slideshow by Leslie Autry)
How good are the 17-1 Vaqueros? Duffy scores 20 in 1st quarter,
sparking El Cap past Granite Hills
Maybe we dont deserve to be there,
said Quinones of his Vaqueros (17-1) No. 3 ranking
in the North County Times and a No. 4 ranking
in the San Diego Union-Tribune poll. But
that doesnt matter now. The target is on us because
people expect us to play at that level all the time.
And I sure hope we do.
Senior guard ASHLEY DUFFY, arguably the best player
in East County basketball, scored 20 of her 38 game-high
points in the 1st quarter as the visiting Vaqueros knocked
off Granite Hills 61-52 in Tuesdays (Jan. 13)
final game of Grossmont Conference crossover action.
More impressive than her scoring output which
has covered 79 points in her last two games Duffy
survived three 1st-quarter fouls against the Eagles
(10-7). Duffy picked up a 4th foul but did not foul
Thats the kind of player she is,
said Quinones. She knows what she means to our
team so she knows when she needs to be careful. Shes
just a complete player.
Duffy clicked on 12 of 25 shots from the field, including
4 treys. She also converted 10 of 14 free throws.
Granite Hills coach JERRY PARKER noted the loss of
senior LAUREN KOBLISHCHKE, the Eagles best defensive
Not having Lauren available allowed Duffy to
do just about anything she wanted, Parker said.
Our goal was to try to limit her touches, but
we werent able to do that. She took our girls
off the dribble, shot over our heads and obviously controlled
Quinones wanted to put in a few words about his defensive
unit a somewhat unheralded bunch.
These are the girls you dont see in the
scoring leaders or in the statistics, he said,
noting the play of sophomores CHELSEY KYLE, DARIAN BORRAS
and EMILY SUTTON. These girls are my defensive
specialists. I move them in and out of the lineup and
they dont complain. To them its not about
scoring a lot of points. Its about winning games.
El Capitan s defense did its best work against
6-foot senior LAUREN BENDER, limiting her to 4 points.
Bender scored 13 points the first time these teams met
in a game won by the Vaqueros 55-50.
Thats a pretty key switch right there,
Sophomore AMBER REL-SOLIA added 12 points and 5 rebounds
for the Vaqueros, who also got 8 points, 8 rebounds
and 5 assists from senior TAYLOR AUTRY. MARISSA PITMAN
didnt score but did collect 7 rebounds and made
Granite Hills SABRINA JIMENEZ punched in 20 points
to lead the Eagles. Her totals included 3 three-pointers
and 5 of 6 free throw shooting. JESSICA HARRIS also
hit a trio of 3-balls on her way to a 14-point finish
for the Eagles.
We did some things right, but we missed way too
many easy putbacks, said Parker. And that
SANTANA 46, HELIX 40 In a Grossmont Conference
crossover battle between two teams with playoff aspirations,
Santana survived 26 turnovers by shooting 50 percent
(20 of 40) from the field to hold off the Highlanders
on Tuesday (Jan. 13) in La Mesa.
Although the Sultans (13-4) led 29-19 at the half,
they found themselves scrambling to hold onto the victory
late in the 4th quarter.
Helix (8-9) cut the deficit to 41-39 but saw its chances
for a complete comeback fade when Santanas JAMIE
ELIAS nailed a 3-pointer in the final minute.
Elias finished with 15 points to pace the Sultans,
while ALYSSA PADBERG pitched in 13 points and 5 assists.
We really shot the ball well, Santana coach
JIM MOTTERSHAW said. But we denied ourselves the
opportunity to get very many shots because of all the
turnovers. We committed too many unforced turnovers
in the 2nd half. We can be a good team down the road
if we can quit being our own hindrance.
SINOI LEASAU twirled a double-double for Helix with
20 points and 10 rebounds. The senior guard hit a trio
of 3-pointers and 9 of 12 free throws for the Highlanders.
We really didnt do a good job of defending
her, Mottershaw noted. We fouled her way
Santanas defense was playing with one wing down
as LAUREN MUELLER, the Sultans defensive specialist,
is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle suffered in
the game against Monte Vista last Friday (Jan. 9).
We were down by 10 at halftime, said Helix
coach TRINA HANSEN. We got back in the game with
our full-court press. We missed too many layups and
close in shots, and Santana was able to take advantage
Santana scoring: Jamie Elias 15 (4 reb), Alyssa Padberg
13 (5 ast), Delia Files 7 (7 reb), Kaila Smith 7 (3
reb), Kim Gross 4, Marjie Panknin (2 ast).
Helix scoring: Sinoi Leasau 20 (10 reb, 3 stl), Kim
Scott 5 (2 reb, 2 stl), Kristina Scott 4 (3 reb, 3 stl),
Jacqueline Smith 4 (4 reb), Mariah Walker 4 (7 reb,
3 stl), Lexi Audley 3 (2 stl).
WEST HILLS 60, MONTE VISTA 32 West Hills,
which has eyes for winning the Grossmont North League
championship, did not look like a prize-winning team
in the 1st half of Tuesdays (Jan. 13) Grossmont
Conference crossover finale as the Wolf Pack led Monte
Vista only 21-18 at halftime.
The 1st half was fun, said Monte Vista
coach MICHAEL SKIBBE. We couldnt match our
1st half intensity in the 2nd half. We hung with West
Hills in the 1st half, but they showed how good a team
they are in the 2nd half.
Indeed the Wolf Pack did, outscoring the Monarchs 39-14
over the final 16 minutes.
We didnt run our offense well in the 1st
half at all, said West Hills coach RYAN KINSER.
This was our worst 1st half of basketball since
Ive been with West Hills. Fortunately the girls
finally decided they wanted to play in the 2nd half.
SHERIKA MILLER led the charge with a game high 13 points
for the Wolf Pack (14-4). Miller also had 4 steals,
part of a package of 21 thefts ribboned by West Hills.
KIMMIE CLARK and CONNIE HINES pilfered 5 passes apiece
for the Pack.
AMBER DARBY led West Hills on the boards with 10 rebounds,
one more than Hines.
West Hills also converted 10 of 12 free throws compared
to just 2 of 10 for Monte Vista.
ALEXANDRIA CONWRIGHTs 11 points led Monte Vista,
while DEANNA BEMBRY had 8 points and 5 rebounds.
ALEXANDRA ROSS tossed in 2 triples for the Monarchs
Monte Vista scoring: Alexandria Conwright 11 (2 ast),
Deanna Bembry 8 (5 reb), Alexandra Ross 6 (2 ast), Dionna
Mercer 4, LiAiesha Brandon 2 (3 reb), Opal Ross (2 reb,
2 stl), Kayla Pusey 1 (3 reb, 3 stl).
STEELE CANYON 58, EL CAJON VALLEY 29
CHRISTINA WILLIAMS hit 8 of 9 shots from the field en
route to a career high 19 points, sparking Steele Canyon
to a lop-sided victory over host El Cajon Valley in
Tuesdays (Jan. 13) final day of the Grossmont
Conference crossover tournament.
A 5-foot-2 senior guard, Williams also made 9 steals
and dished 6 scoring passes.
The Cougars (12-1) pounced on the Braves 16-4 in the
opening quarter and continued to add to their lead.
JANVIER JV BARBARIN contributed 13 points,
6 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks to the Steele Canyon
After we suffered that loss to Grossmont on Friday,
the demeanor of our girls changed, said Steele
Canyon coach PENNY SMITH. They were upset about
losing and thats why we were all back in the gym
at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Steele Canyon forced 33 El Cajon Valley turnovers.
We were really hungry for a win, Smith
said. We were money on offense and our defense
was on point.
Nobody reached double figures for the Braves (10-7).
Steele Canyon played very, very hard and was
very aggressive, said El Cajon Valley coach RANDY
ROBINSON. They took us completely out of our game.
The Wolf Pack led 50-49 with 35 seconds remaining,
but Colony (15-2) retrieved the lead with a bucket with
17 seconds left. West Hills would get one last clean
shot at a victory, but KIMMIE CLARK missed a jumper
at the buzzer.
Even though we lost, games like this are much
better for us in our preparation for the start of (Grossmont
North) League play, West Hills coach RYAN KINSER
said. Sure we could have won the game. We were
playing well offensively until we had a few breakdowns
in the 4th quarter.
Colony outscored West Hills (13-4) by a 14-10 count
in the final period.
Their two post players hurt us inside, accounting
for 36 points between them, Kinser said. We
couldnt stop them. And we did not rebound very
MARILYN NADERHOFF paced the Pack with 13 points and
4 assists. Clark finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds,
while AMBER DARBY tallied 8 points and commandeered
CHINO HILLS-AYALA 57, MOUNT MIGUEL 40
The No. 2-ranked Matadors (12-3) had another poor shooting
night in Saturdays (Jan. 10) LBA Elite Classic
against visiting Ayala. No other details were reported.
El Capitan Vaqueros at Valhalla
Norsemen (Slideshow by Leslie Autry)
The Cougars missed three free throws and two shots
that could easily have wiped out visiting Grossmonts
49-46 lead. But nothing the Cougars threw up connected.
Even though we were the last undefeated team
in the county, our girls were extremely upset,
Cougars coach PENNY SMITH said after the Foothillers
claimed a 50-46 victory. Yeah, that one hurt.
But were going to move forward, beginning with
Saturdays 7 a.m. practice. Our next opponent (El
Cajon Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 13) had better be ready.
Our girls did not like losing and dont
plan to do it again soon.
DANIELLE BALDERAS scored a team-high 20 points to propel
the Foothillers (12-4) to the victory.
HEATHER SPRINGE nailed 8 of 16 shots from the floor,
including one 3, for 19 points. She also pulled down
8 rebounds, dished 5 assists and made 4 steals.
Considering that Grossmont is the first team to beat
Steele Canyon, one would think that would be the greatest
achievement on Friday.
It was mostly revenge from them beating us in
the finals of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic,
said Springe. And also the loss we had to Helix
(43-41) on Wednesday we definitely wanted to
come back and get our game back together.
Against Steele Canyon Grossmont traded 10-point leads
with the Cougars before the issue was decided in the
We got a little nervous at the end there, but
we came out finishing strong, Springe added.
Springe said the Grossmont girls werent even
aware that Steele Canyon was undefeated before they
arrived at the Cougars gym.
Nobody was really paying attention to that because
they beat us before and we wanted to beat them this
time, she said. Once we realized they were
undefeated, of course we wanted to be the first to beat
JANVIER JV BARBARIN led Steele Canyon with
20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 steals.
CHRISTINA WILLIAMS added a dozen points, 8 steals and
The thing about Steele Canyon is they have those
three tall girls that just kill us on rebounds,
said Grossmont coach MEGAN LONG. So what we did
was we started doubling down on the post instead of
trying to front her. We put pressure on their corner
and then we sent our top guard down to double so we
were able to get a lot of steals. Its hard rebounding
against Steele Canyon.
WEST HILLS 41, GRANITE HILLS 31 With
their two main weapons (and the head coach) slowed with
symptoms of the flu, the Eagles offense never got into
gear in a home-court setback to the Wolf Pack in Grossmont
North-South crossover play Friday (Jan. 9).
The most ill of the Eagles was point guard SABRINA
JIMENEZ (7 points), who failed to score until the fourth
period, leaving center LAUREN BENDER to face double-
and triple-team collapses by West Hills at the low post.
Leading the Wolf Pack defensive effort was SHERIKA
MILLER and MARILYN NADERHOFF, especially in the second
quarter, limiting the stagnant Eagles to just a single
basket to surge to a 19-10 halftime lead.
Granite Hills did well on the defensive side, limiting
West Hills to just 34 percent shooting, as the Pack
gained just two trips to the foul line all night (2-for-4)
until the Eagles were forced to foul in the final minutes.
Down by 14 points following three periods, Jimenez'
scoring cut the deficit to 33-26 with 2:07 remaining,
but a swift pass by CORRYN KIVETT allowed SHELBY RUSSO
to score on a layin, then the Pack closed the contest
by going 6-for-6 at the foul line.
Included were four makes by KIMMIE CLARK, who paced
both sides with 12 points, allowing the Pack (13-3)
to jump back into the win column after seeing a 4-game
winning streak snapped in their previous outing, despite
the second-lowest point output of the season.
Conversely, West Hills held the Eagles to their lowest
offensive total of the season, as Granite Hills (10-6)
lost for just the second time in seven starts.
EL CAPITAN 76, VALHALLA 44 El Capitan
scored a season high in Fridays (Jan. 9) Grossmont
Conference crossover blowout of Valhalla.
We cant take any team lightly, said
El Capitan coach FRANK QUINONES. I feel like we
have a target on our back since the paper (San Diego
Union-Tribune) put us so high (No. 4 in the rankings).
So far, so good.
The Vaqueros (16-1) streaked to a 27-7 first-quarter
lead and then coasted to their 11th straight win.
We came out strong in the 1st quarter tonight,
kinda backed off in the 2nd then came out strong again
in the 3rd quarter, said Quinones. Were
preparing for league play.
Steady senior ASHLEY DUFFY coined yet another triple-double
with 41 points, 11 rebounds, 11 steals, 7 assists and
2 blocks. Duffys scoring total was one shy of
her season high.
People might say we are running up the score
but we are getting ready for league, Quinones
pointed out. We are working on several things
defensively and offensively. Since we got back from
Arizona we havent been playing very aggressively.
It was nice to see that tonight.
MARISSA PITMAN added 11 points and 6 rebounds for the
Vaqueros, while AMBER REL-SOLIA tacked on 9 points and
3 rebounds before fouling out.
Host Valhalla (5-10) did not have a single player reach
double figures although four girls contributed 9 points
EMILY ROBERTS also had 6 rebounds in addition to her
9 points, of which 7 came from the free throw line.
NICHOLE MILLER hit 4 of 7 shots from the field en route
to her 9-point finish and also grabbed 4 rebounds.
We are only playing with seven girls. I cant
think that anyone in our league is going to go undefeated.
Everyone is playing good ball right now.
Miller really stepped up her game she
was a force in the post, said Valhalla coach CARLOS
MOSS. MacKENZIE CARTMILL shot well from long distance.
Cartmill got all of her 9 points from above the arc.
El Capitan finally put Duffy on her to stop her,
Valhalla scoring: Emily Roberts 9 (6 reb, 2 ast, 2
stl), Danielle Wilson 9, Nichole Miller 9 (4 reb), MacKenzie
Cartmill 9, Chelsea Hale 4 (3 reb), Karissa Ferrell
4, Kelsey Cartmill (3 reb, 4 ast).
SANTANA 59, MONTE VISTA 31 JAMIE ELIAS
matcher her career-high of 26 points and also dished
7 assists as the Sultans (12-4) mauled the visiting
Monarchs in Fridays (Jan. 9) Grossmont Conference
The game was actually closer than the final score,
as the Sultans led only 36-25 after three periods.
A 23-6 fourth-quarter finish turned the game into a
Elias hit 9 of 21 shots from the field, including a
pair of 3-balls. She also netted 6 of 10 free throws.
Jamie Elias played a very consistent game tonight,
said Sultans coach JIM MOTTERSHAW. She actually
had more assists than turnovers.
DELIA FILES pitched in 7 points and a game-high 7 rebounds
ALEXANDRIA CONWRIGHT led Monte Vista (6-9) with 8 points.
We made some little mistakes tonight and they
hurt us, said Monarchs coach MICHAEL SKIBBE. We
played our best game effort-wise. OPAL ROSS started
for the first time tonight and gave us some quality
minutes. We did a lot of positive things tonight. I
dont think there is anybody stopping us right
now but ourselves.
Monte Vista scoring: Alexandria Conwright 8, Alexandra
Ross 6, Opal Ross 5 (3 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl), LiAiesha
Brandon 4 (6 reb), Deanna Bembry 2 (6 reb, 2 ast, 3
stl), Dionna Mercer 2, Jessica Garcia 2 (6 reb), Kayla
MADISON 49, CHRISTIAN 17 MONIQUE ELLIOTT
scored 11 points but the Patriots (0-2, 0-8) could generate
little else as they dropped Fridays (Jan. 9) Central
League game to visiting Madison (1-1, 2-7) at the Ryan
We started to get aggressive offensively,
Christian coach SKIP GERLAK said. But the one
negative from tonights game was our inability
to make free throws.
Christian clicked on only one of 13 free throws. Elliott
accounted for the only make and five of the Patriotss
eight field goals.
We couldnt stop Bonnie Baniak (20 points),
Gerlak said. She is bigger than anybody we have,
and she was very aggressive in the post.
Christian scoring: Monique Elliott 11, Mary Grabowski
4, Kara Cartwright 2.
And the crowd goes wild... Supporters
of the Lady Vaqueros enjoy another victory
as El Capitan tipped visiting Patrick Henry, 48-45,
in Wednesday's non-league game. (Photo by Leslie Autry; complete slideshow
Patrick Henry Patriots at El
Capitan Vaqueros (Slideshow by Leslie Autry)
The Matadors proved they were worthy of the jump as
they held off a talented West Hills challenger 51-40
in Wednesdays (Jan. 7) Grossmont Conference crossover
Now, nobody would rate the Matadors conquest
of the Wolf Pack (12-3) as a thing of beauty. But they
would have to believe that Mount Miguel is without question
the kingpin of East County girls basketball.
(By Major Media Outlets)
Thru Jan. 4
1. The Bishop's 2. Mount Miguel
3. El Capitan
4. Poway 5. Santana
6. Mt. Carmel
7. Mater Dei
8. Our Lady of Peace
Others: West Hills (12-2),
San Diego (11-5), Horizon (11-6), Mar
Vista (10-1), Montgomery (10-4), Steele
Canyon (10-0), Grossmont (10-3), San Pasqual
(9-5), El Cajon Valley (9-4), La Costa
Canyon (8-4), Eastlake (8-4), Escondido (7-3),
Cathedral Catholic (7-6), La Jolla Country
1. The Bishop's 2. Mount Miguel 3. Poway
4. El Capitan
5. Mt. Carmel 6. Mater Dei
7. Our Lady of Peace
10. La Jolla Country Day
Catholic 7-6, La Costa Canyon 7-3, San Diego
11-5, Santana 11-3, West Hills 11-2, Westview
The host Matadors (12-2) drove to a 39-19 lead seconds
before intermission thanks to a 32-11 scoring spree.
Here at Mount Miguel we realize that putting
good pressure defense on the ball will lead to a lot
of offensive breakaways, said junior DECHAE EVANS.
Im not a big scorer myself. My responsibility
is to go in and get rebounds.
The 5-foot-10 Evans did exactly that, collecting a
game-high 11 caroms to go with 6 points, 2 assists,
3 steals and one block.
Beating West Hills is important because I think
they thought they were going to come here and beat us,
Evans said of the Grossmont North League favorites.
Of course, despite being in different leagues, these
teams could meet again in the San Diego CIF Division
If we do face this team again itll probably
be in the Division II finals, said Mount Miguel
coach ROBBIE SANDOVAL. Im sure theyll
give us a bigger challenge than they did in this game
if that should happen.
Mount Miguel shot 38 percent from the field, landing
NICOLE FOUNTAIN had the hot hand as she netted 6-of-14
shots for a game-high 13 points.
However, the Matadors game had plenty of flaws.
They committed 22 fouls, which sent West Hills to the
free throw line 24 times where the Wolf Pack connected
for 16 points.
KIMMIE CLARK was 7-for-7 from the free throw stripe,
while MARILYN NADERHOFF was 5-for-6 from the foul line.
The Wolf Pack fell out of contention early on thanks
to a series of missed layups. A five minute scoreless
streak in the 3rd quarter helped Mount Miguel break
the game open at 39-19.
Im very disappointed, said West Hills
coach RYAN KINSER. We were never able to execute
our offense, and defensively we did not take any of
the people we wanted to out of Mount Miguel s
Kinser may have been a bit harsh on his Wolf Pack as
Mount Miguel senior guard DANESIA WILLIAMSON finished
with only 6 points on 2-of-11 shooting from the floor.
On the flip side Mount Miguel s Sandoval credited
Williamson for shutting down Clark, who made only one
basket outside of her free throw shooting for a 9-point
This is a game that definitely deserves a rematch and
hopefully will come to fruition in the playoffs.
HELIX 43, GROSSMONT 41 Dont look for
Helixs MARIAH WALKERs name among the East
County scoring leaders.
But it was Walker who scored one of Helixs biggest
baskets of the season in Wednesdays (Jan. 7) Grossmont
Conference Crossover victory over host Grossmont.
With 1:26 minutes on the clock Helix was down 41-36.
SINOI LEASAU hit a 3-pointer from the left baseline
while double-teamed to make it 41-39. Helix went into
a full-court press and stole the ball, and KIM SCOTT
hit a layup to tie it at 41-all.
Helix called timeout.
Grossmont missed a field goal and Leasau gobbled up
the rebound. She pushed the ball up the court, drove
the baseline and missed a jump shot, but thats
where Walker comes in. A 5-foot-7 senior, Walker tipped
in what proved to be the winning basket with 1.2 seconds
It was an exciting game, Helix coach TRINA
HANSEN said. Im proud of the way we stormed
Leasau scored a game high 19 points to go along with
HEATHER SPRINGE paced a balanced Grossmont attack with
11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
It was a pretty even game both teams played
really hard the whole game, Grossmont coach MEGAN
LONG said. This game was ours to lose we
had control of the game and could not maintain our hold
GRANITE HILLS 43, SANTANA 42 LAUREN BENDER
hit two free throws in the final seconds to give visiting
Granite Hills a narrow escape at Santana in Wednesdays
(Jan. 7) Grossmont Conference crossover game.
The Sultans (11-4) led the majority of the game before
Granite Hills (10-5) put together a burst in the final
couple of minutes to steal the victory.
Bender, a 6-foot senior, put together one of the best
games of her career with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
and one block.
Junior SABRINA JIMENEZ led Granite Hills supporting
cast with 15 points, the majority coming on a trio of
3s. Jimenez also had a team-best 5 assists, 4 rebounds
and 4 steals.
We were stagnant on offense in the 1st half,
said Granite Hills coach JERRY PARKER, noting that Santana
led 21-18 at intermission. It took us awhile to
get going. We were more aggressive on defense the whole
game. It was our defense that kept us in the game.
JAMIE ELIAS was Santanas scoring leader with
15 points and ALYSSA PADBERG added 10.
I dont think a coach could have been any
prouder of his team than I was tonight, said Sultans
coach JIM MOTTERSHAW. We really did not play well
on offense, but we are very effective with our defense.
EL CAPITAN 48, PATRICK HENRY 45 When El
Capitan coach FRANK QUINONES picked up the local metropolitan
newspaper, he discovered his team was ranked No. 4 in
the CIF San Diego Section.
To say I was stunned would be an understatement,
he said. I didnt know whether to take it
as a compliment or what. We have the best player in
the county (ASHLEY DUFFY), but realistically were
not even a Top 10 team.
Yes, but Coach Quinones, your Vaqueros are 15-1
Nobody else in the section has won that many games.
It kinda makes it tough when I talk to my players
and I tell my girls we want to be playing below the
radar, Quinones said.
Looks like the Vaqueros cant hide anything now,
if they ever could.
Quinones was quick to note that his Vaqueros were hardly
at the top of their game when they hosted Patrick Henry
on Wednesday (Jan. 7) in a non-league contest.
What allowed the Vaqueros to escape with a victory
was their ability to convert 23 of 24 free throw shots.
Thats was won us the game, Quinones
said. We practice free throws when we are tired.
If it wasnt for that, Patrick Henry might have
pulled one out on us.
From the field, however, El Capitan shot a rusty 19.6
percent (12-of-61) inside the 3-point line.
We just couldnt buy a bucket in the 3rd
period, said Coach Q, noting that the Patriots
used a 14-7 scoring edge to cut the Vaqueros advantage
But as the visiting Patriots found out, beating El
Capitan on its own court is no small task.
We try to take care of business on our own court,
Quinones said. We are 18-2 on our court over the
last two years. We like to play at home.
Barbarin, a 5-foot-9 junior, totaled 16 points and
hauled down a dozen rebounds.
The Cougars, who shot a blistering 69 percent from
the floor all from two-point range took
a 33-15 halftime lead and cruised to the finish line.
SAMANTHA VERNON chipped in with 13 points, while sophomore
guard JULIANNE KOLEGRAFF added 11 points and 4 rebounds
for Steele Canyon.
This was one of those games where you dont
know how the players are going to perform, Cougars
coach PENNY SMITH said. I think they played
great. I was a little apprehensive coming into the game
because Mira Mesa is a Division I team who has played
a lot of the better teams thus far this season, and
I didnt know how wed react.
Mira Mesa fell to 5-10.
I was surprised at how ready we were to play
tonight, said Smith. It will be nice to
get back in the gym for a couple days of practice before
our next game (Friday, Jan. 9 when the Cougars host
Lets just say that Long believes her team should
be playing at a higher level if it expects to contend
for the Grossmont North League championship.
The Foothillers used a 15-4 second-quarter scoring
spread to wipe out an early deficit and continue on
to a 53-36 victory over host Monte Vista. It was Grossmonts
5th win in its last six games.
Thats hardly a slump, yet Long was less than
enthralled when the visiting Monarchs (6-7) overcame
a 9-0 Foothillers lead to take a 12-11 edge after one
quarter of Mondays (Jan. 5) Grossmont Conference
Im getting frustrated with our lack of
effort in the 1st half, Long said. We dont
seem to have any purpose and not much direction. We
started out the season strong in the 1st half, now weve
become a strong 2nd half team.
El Capitan Vaqueros at EC-Central
Union Spartans (Slideshow by Leslie Autry)
Long realizes that more often than not the Foothillers
wont get away with slow starts and fast finishes
when it comes to league play.
The Grossmont coach heaped praise on DANIELLE BALDERAS,
who chipped in with 9 points and 9 steals.
Danielle Balderas was by far our best player tonight,
Long said of the junior guard.
HEATHER SPRINGE (13 points, 6 rebounds) and TERRA MUSGROVE
(12 points) and FRANKIE TREADWELL (10 points) turned
in a respectable effort.
Monte Vista continued to show improvement as LiAIESHA
BRANDON rolled a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Our history is still haunting us, said
Monte Vista coach MICHAEL SKIBBE. We battled hard
the whole game. We made a run on them but ran out of
gas. We did what we wanted to do but didnt quite
finish the job. We had a ton of unforced turnovers.
When ALEXANDRIA CONWRIGHT comes to play theres
not a better guard in the county.
Monte Vista scoring: LiAiesha Brandon 12 (11 reb),
Kayla Pusey 8 (8 reb), Deanna Bembry 6 (12 reb, 2 blk),
Alexandria Conwright 6 (2 stl), Opal Ross 2 (4 reb,
2 stl), Alexandra Ross 2 (6 reb, 3 stl).
El Cajon Valley Braves at Granite
Hills Eagles (Slideshow by Pierre Davis)
GRANITE HILLS 45, EL CAJON VALLEY 29 Question?
How many times can two teams go a full 32 minutes without
anybody scoring in double figures?
Well, Madison Avenue rivals Granite Hills and El Cajon
Valley did just that in Mondays (Jan. 5) Grossmont
Conference crossover game. The hosting Eagles (9-5)
got the nod, perhaps because they had eight players
scoring compared to just five for the Braves (9-5).
Granite Hills took a 26-10 first half lead and never
The girls look forward to playing El Cajon Valley
all year because its a friendly rivalry for bragging
rights, said Granite Hills coach JERRY PARKER.
El Cajon Valley is getting better, so its
even more fun. Im glad to see that theyre
getting better. The girls see each other so much, and
know each other so well. I was happy with the outcome
and the girls enjoyed the game.
That was a matter of Parkers opinion.
El Cajon Valley coach RANDY ROBINSON did not view the
game as a funfest.
Granite Hills changed their defenses quite a
bit, Robinson said. They played with enthusiasm
and I thought we reverted back to our old style
went backwards today. We didnt play with intensity.
But its a learning experience. We have to know
that we have to come out with intensity for every game.
El Cajon Valley scoring: Samantha Julien 9 (3 reb),
Erin Robinson 8 (4 reb), Tericka Williams 7 (8 reb),
Hazel Doe 3 (2 reb, 3 ast), Kaylani Faten 2 (2 reb,
2 ast), Desiree Garcia (2 stl).
COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL
CAREER SCORING LEADERS
Jordan Franey, Santana
El Capitan (thru 1-6-09)
At current scoring average, Duffy needs 20 games
to reach 2,000 career points in quest to become
the first 2000-point sister combination in CIFSDS
*Jo. Franey and Al. Duffy posted
identical statistics in 2004-05. They also share
the East County and Grossmont Conference record
for career scoring (2,190 points).
EL CAPITAN 70, EL CENTRO-CENTRAL UNION 48 The
help El Capitan coach FRANK QUINONES sought to support
East County scoring leader ASHLEY DUFFY is coming to fruition.
While Duffy was drilling in a game-high 29 points during
Mondays (Jan. 5) non-league game in El Centro,
AMBER REL-SOLIA scored a season-high 16 points
and TAYLOR AUTRY added 14 as the Vaqueros (14-1) downed
Its been a pleasure having Ashley Duffy
play because she plays team basketball, Quinones
said. As a coach I cant explain how good
it is to have a player like that. How many coaches get
to coach a girl with that kind of talent?
She makes everybody better. If she wanted to
she could score 40 points all the time. I think she
is the top player in the county. There were many opportunities
that she could have shot the ball but she passed it
Duffy had 7 assists to go along with 8 steals and 10
rebounds. Autry also corralled 10 caroms and dished
Im kinda glad we played this game because
we got to practice some things, Quinones said.
*Clairemont forfeited to Christian
+Point Loma-Christian makeup game will not be re-scheduled.
Point Loma-Crawford (Feb. 20), no report
Schedule subject to change
CIF STATE PLAYOFFS
DIVISION II Tue., Mar. 11 Quarterfinals Brea-Olinda 67, Mount Miguel 44
Huntington Beach-Edison 53, West Hills 41
Mon., Mar. 10 First Round
Mount Miguel 85, L.A.-Roosevelt 45
SAN DIEGO SECTION
Championships, At USD
Fri., Mar. 6
West Hills 46, Mount Miguel 44
DIVISION V Christian Life 54, Vincent Memorial 29
Sat., Mar. 7
Poway vs. La Costa Canyon, 6 DIVISION III
Canyon Crest vs. Our Lady of Peace, 1 DIVISION IV
Mater Dai vs. The Bishop's, 9:30 a.m.
Tue., Mar. 3
DIVISION I Poway 64, San Pasqual 51
La Costa Canyon df. Eastlake, forfeit
Mount Miguel 49, Westview 39
West Hills 51, Mt. Carmel 39
DIVISION III Canyon Crest 71, Cathedral Catholic 60
Our Lady of Peace 53, Montgomery 37
DIVISION IV The Bishop's 81, Santa Fe Christian 38
Mater Dei 51, La Jolla Country Day 44
DIVISION V Christian Life 38, San Pasqual A. 27
Vincent Memorial 48, Calvin Christian 45
Fri., Feb. 27
DIVISION I Poway 71, Grossmont 38 San Pasqual 61, San Diego 53
La Costa Canyon 64, Carlsbad 28
Eastlake 66, Patrick Henry 50(now a forfeit win for PH)
Mount Miguel 65, Scripps Ranch 34
Westview 50, El Capitan 39 Mt. Carmel 79, Ramona 72
West Hills 60, Sweetwater 31
DIVISION III Cathedral Catholic 79, Valley Center 48
Canyon Crest 69, Santana 38
Montgomery 49, Brawley 38
Our Lady of Peace 73, Mar Vista 42
The Bishop's 73, Francis Parker 27
Santa Fe Chr. 60, Palo Verde Valley 37
La Jolla Country Day 73, Imperial 26
Mater Dei 71, Horizon 41
Christian Life 57, Foothills Christian 18
San Pasqual Aca. 35, Tri-City Christian 34
Calvin Christian 53, Lutheran 24
Vincent Mem. 62, SD-Calvary Chr. 26
Tue., Feb. 24
DIVISION I (1) Poway 60, Mira Mesa 34 Grossmont 47, (8) Granite Hills 39
(5) San Pasqual 54, El Camino 31
(4) San Diego 70, Chula Vista 43
(3) La Costa Canyon 67, Morse 47
(6) Carlsbad 74, Torrey Pines 64
(7) Patrick Henry 68, Escondido 47
(2) Eastlake 77, Rancho Bernardo 38 (now a forfeit win for RB)
(1) Mount Miguel 85, San Ysidro 17
(8) Scripps Ranch 64, Hilltop 49 (5) El Capitan 57, Oceanside 44
(4) Westview 49, El Cajon Valley 19
(3) Mt. Carmel 83, Serra 53
(6) Ramona 47, Steele Canyon 42
(7) Sweetwater 46, Helix 42
(2) West Hills 54, Orange Glen 28
DIVISION III (1) Cathedral 67, San Marcos 37
(8) Valley Center 55, Univeristy City 54
(5) Canyon Crest 60, Mission Bay 36 (4) Santana 69, El Centro-Central 53
(3) Montgomery 51, San Dieguito 40
(6) Brawley 56, La Jolla 42
Mar Vista 74, (7) Kearny 55
(2) Our Lady of Peace 70, Monte Vista 27
DIVISION IV (8) Francis Parker 27, Coronado 26
(6) Imperial 80, Preuss 11
(7) Horizon 60, Olympian 30
DIVISION V (8) Foothills Christian 27, Esc. Adventist 18
Tri-City Christian 46, (5) St. Joseph 42
Lutheran 52, (6) SD Jewish 39
(7) SD-Calvary Christian 50, Julian 26
Fri., Nov. 28
Grossmont Thanksgiving Classic
Grossmont 61, El Centro-Central 34 Lady Monarchs Invitational
Oceanside 68, Monte Vista 45
Steele Canyon 61, Oceanside 42
Steele Canyon 69, Monte Vista 42 Vaquero Shootout
El Capitan 68, Mission Hills 50
Granite Hills 63, Valley Center 42
Sat., Nov. 29 Grossmont Thanksgiving Classic
Grossmont 74, Otay Ranch 13 Matador Classic Helix 74, Mission Bay 31
Mount Miguel 85, Serra 40 Vaquero Shootout El Capitan 73, Valley Center 45
Mon., Dec. 1 Vaquero Shootout
Mount Miguel 83, Carlsbad 51 Lady Monarch Invitational
Steele Canyon 64, Kearny 32 Matador Classic
Valhalla 54, SD-Southwest 26 Non-League
Hoover 52, Christian 16
Tue., Dec. 2
Foothills Christian 44, Christian 27 Matador Classic
Hilltop 65, Valhalla 27 West Hills 54, Cathedral Catholic 43 Vaquero Shootout
Mount Miguel 65, Vista 29
Santana 54, Carlsbad 45 Lady Monarchs Invitational
Monte Vista 50, Hoover 43
Wed., Dec. 3 Lady Monarchs Invitational
Steele Canyon 71, Hoover 15 Vaquero Shootout
Mount Miguel 63, San Pasqual 48
El Capitan 51, San Marcos 39
Santana 54, Valley Center 33 Matador Classic
West Hills 61, Hilltop 40
Sweetwater 81, Valhalla 45
Thur., Dec. 4
Coronado 30, El Cajon Valley 27 (OT)
Olympian 45, Christian 12 Matador Classic
Helix 59, SD-Southwest 27
West Hills 49, Morse 38 Vaquero Shootout
Horizon Christian 55, Granite Hills 53
Santana 53, Mt. Carmel 46
Fri., Dec. 5 Matador Classic
Mount Miguel 55, Our Lady of Peace 45
Mission Bay 35, Valhalla 24 Grossmont Thanksgiving Classic
Grossmont 46, San Marcos 23
Sat., Dec. 6 Grossmont Thanksgiving Classic
Grossmont 59, Orange Glen 34 Matador Classic
Mount Miguel 69, San Diego 47
Helix 52, Bonita Vista 27 Vaquero Shootout
El Capitan 52, Horizon 42
San Pasqual 40, Granite Hills 37 Lady Monarchs Invitational
El Camino 58, Monte Vista 32
Steele Canyon 54, El Camino 33
Monte Vista 65, Kearny 47
Mon., Dec 8
El Capitan 46, La Jolla 21 Matador Classic
Scripps Ranch 62, Valhalla 22
Tue., Dec 9
Mount Miguel 68, La Costa Canyon 41 Matador Classic
The Bishop's 75, Helix 33
West Hills 65, SD-Southwest 8 Non-League
Grossmont 60, Valley Center 39
Monte Vista 55, Christian 8
Wed., Dec 10 Vaquero Shootout
West Hills 52, San Diego 38
Santana 48, Mission Hills 30 Matador Classic
Mount Miguel 65, Bonita Vista 13 Non-League
San Ysidro 56, Christian 19
Thur., Dec 11
Mount Miguel 59, Mt. Carmel 44 Lady Bears Court Classic At Bradshaw Mountain, (Ariz.)
Mesa (Ariz.) 48, El Capitan 40 San Dieguito Tournament
El Cajon Valley 46, Tri-City Christian 28
Fri., Dec 12 Lady Bears Court Classic At Bradshaw Mountain, (Ariz.)
El Capitan 51, Buena (Ariz.) 45
El Capitan 49, Bradshaw Mountain (Ariz.) 31 San Dieguito Tournament
El Cajon Valley 56, Preuss 23
Helix 50, Scripps Ranch 45 Vaquero Shootout
Granite Hills 54, San Marcos 37
Sat., Dec 13
Matador Classic Championships, at Mount Miguel
Black Div.: The Bishop's 57, West Hills 49
Red Div.: Our Lady of Peace 51, San Diego 40
White Div.: Hilltop 56, Helix 28 Vaquero Shootout
Vista 51, Granite Hills 49
Santana 35, La Jolla 20 Lady Bears Court Classic At Bradshaw Mountain, (Ariz.)
El Capitan 69, Coronado (Ariz.) 36
Third: El Capitan 44, Mingus Union (Ariz.) 18 San Dieguito Tournament
San Dieguito Acad. 34, El Cajon Valley 33
Mon., Dec. 15
El Cajon Valley 51, Christian 11
Wed., Dec. 17
Granite Hills Holiday Invitational
Grossmont 42, Helix 35
Granite Hills 63, Valley Center 44
Orange Glen 57, El Cajon Valley 30
San Ysidro 58, Valhalla 53 62nd Annual Kiwanis Tournament
West Hills 54, Mission Bay 28
Santana 53, Mira Mesa 32
Thurs., Dec. 18
Granite Hills Holiday Invitational
El Cajon Valley 48, San Ysidro 41
Orange Glen 60, Valhalla 31
San Diego HS 44, Grossmont 33
Granite Hills 68, Bonita Vista 35
Montgomery 50, Helix 39 62nd Annual Kiwanis Tournament
West Hills 43, Patrick Henry 32
La Costa Canyon 56, Santana 37
Fri., Dec. 19
Granite Hills Holiday Invitational
El Cajon Valley 40, Valhalla 27
San Diego 67, Helix 47
Montgomery 49, Grossmont 44
Carlsbad 40, Granite Hills 35 62nd annual Kiwanis Tournament
Patrick Henry 54, Santana 33
La Costa Canyon 52, West Hills 36
Sat., Dec. 20
Granite Hills Holiday Invitational
Grossmont 53, Christian Life 28
Granite Hills 38, El Cajon Valley 37
Valhalla 62, Bonita Vista 33
Helix 42, Brawley 32 62nd annual Kiwanis Tournament
Santana 41, Morse 34
West Hills 50, Torrey Pines 41
Fri., Dec. 26
Barona SoCal Holiday Prep Classic WNBA Division:
Mount Miguel 75, L.A.-View Park 62 NCAA Division 2:
Granite Hills 51, El Centro-Central Union 26 NCAA Division 3:
San Pasqual 50, Helix 36
Santana 53, Patrick Henry 44 NAIA Division:
Grossmont 64, Valley Center 34
Steele Canyon 48, Mission Hills 24 Prep Division:
Sherman Oaks-Buckley 45, Valhalla 40
El Cajon Valley 34, Fallbrook 16
Sat., Dec. 27
Barona SoCal Holiday Prep Classic WNBA Division:
Mount Miguel 57, Eastlake 56 NCAA Division 2:
Granite Hills 57, Brentwood 34
El Capitan 55, Mennonite (Abbotsford, B.C.) 34
El Capitan 60, Jasper Place (Edmonton) 32 NCAA Division 3:
Our Lady of Peace 43, Helix 25
Red Mountain (Ariz.) 55, Santana 45 NAIA Division:
Steele Canyon 53, Santa Ana-Calvary Chapel 41
Grossmont 47, Brawley 38 Prep Division:
El Cajon Valley 48, EC-Southwest 33
Valhalla 52, M.E. LaZerte (Edmonton) 18 Lady Monarch Classic
Monte Vista 43, Calexico 39
Monte Vista 39, SD-Southwest 33 West Coast Jamboree, At Pittsburg
West Hills 47, San Jose-Mission 31
Mon., Dec. 29
Barona SoCal Holiday Prep Classic WNBA Division:
Santa Ana-Mater Dei 71, Mount Miguel 47 NCAA Division 2:
El Capitan 52, El Paso-Parkland 39
Granite Hills 56, San Dimas 55 (OT) NCAA Division 3:
Helix 57, West Covina 47
Santana 47, Maple Ridge (B.C., Canada) 40 NAIA Division:
Grossmont 68, Lakewood-St. Joseph 53
Steele Canyon 50, Rancho Buena Vista 32 Prep Division:
Valhalla 41, Samuel Robertson Tech (B.C., Canada) 21
El Cajon Valley 65, Madison 17 Lady Monarch Classic
Francis Parker 45, Monte Vista 43
Horizon 55, Monte Vista 31 West Coast Jamboree, At Pittsburg
West Hills 50, Sanger 30
Tue., Dec. 30
Barona SoCal Holiday Prep Classic WNBA Division:
Third: Moreno Valley-Canyon Springs 74, Mount Miguel 60 NCAA Division 2:
Championship: El Capitan 55, Granite Hills 50 NCAA Division 3:
Helix 52, Patrick Henry 39
Santana 54, San Pasqual 49 NAIA Division:
Championship: Steele Canyon 54, Grossmont 50 Prep Division:
Valhalla 50, Madison 18
Championship: El Cajon Valley 41, Sherman Oaks-Buckley 33 West Coast Jamboree, at Pittsburg
Semifinals: West Hills 44, Fair Oaks-Bella Vista 40
Wed., Dec. 31
Lady Monarchs Classic
Monte Vista 49, Francis Parker 31
Horizon 65, Monte Vista 34 West Coast Jamboree, At Concord
Championship: West Hills 54, Grass Valley-Bear River 40
Mon, Jan. 5
Grossmont Conference Crossover
Granite Hills 45, El Cajon Valley 29
Grossmont 53, Monte Vista 38
Santana 62, Valhalla 26 Non-League
Steele Canyon 54, Fallbrook 15
El Capitan 70, EC-Central Union 48
Tue., Jan. 6 Non-League
Steele Canyon 58, Mira Mesa 38 Central League
Point Loma 52, Christian 19
Coronado 37, Madison 23
Crawford 33, Clairemont 32
Wed., Jan. 7
Grossmont Conference Crossover
El Cajon Valley 50, Monte Vista 38
Helix 43, Grossmont 41
Granite Hills 43, Santana 42
Mount Miguel 51, West Hills 40 Non-League
El Capitan 48, Patrick Henry 45
Fri., Jan. 9
Grossmont Conference Crossover
Grossmont 50, Steele Canyon 46
Santana 59, Monte Vista 31
West Hills 41, Granite Hills 31
El Capitan 76, Valhalla 44
Helix 44, El Cajon Valley 41 Central League
Madison 49, Christian 17
Coronado 37, Crawford 33
Kearny 60, Point Loma 36
Sat., Jan. 10
LBA Elite Classic, At Mount Miguel
Ontario-Colony 51, West Hills 50
Chino Hills-Ayala 57, Mount Miguel 40
Tue., Jan. 13
Grossmont Conference Crossover
Santana 46, Helix 40
West Hills 60, Monte Vista 32
El Capitan 61, Granite Hills 52
Steele Canyon 58, El Cajon Valley 29 Central League
Clairemont at Christian, ppd. (moved to Wed., Jan. 14, 3 p.m.)
Kearny 53, Crawford 42
Point Loma 53, Madison 38
Wed., Jan. 14
Steele Canyon 57, Imperial 46 Central League
Clairemont at Christian, ppd. (Clairemont later forfetied the game)
Thurs., Jan. 15
Grossmont North League
Grossmont 40, El Cajon Valley 34
Fri., Jan. 16
Grossmont North League
West Hills 52, El Capitan 31 Grossmont South League
Granite Hills 61, Monte Vista 33
Helix 44, Steele Canyon 35
Mount Miguel 73, Valhalla 30 Central League
Coronado 37, Christian 21
Kearny 58, Madison 12
Point Loma 51, Clairemont 28
Sat., Jan. 17
LJCD Elite Classic
La Jolla Country Day 53, Mount Miguel 48
Mon., Jan. 19
Mater Dei 60, West Hills 49
Valhalla 43, Crawford 26 (corrected score) Non-League
Temecula-Linfield Christian 51, Christian 13
Tue., Jan. 20
Grossmont Conference Crossover
West Hills 53, Helix 31
Grossmont 62, Valhalla 22
El Capitan 65, Monte Vista 40
Steele Canyon 41, Santana 29 Central League
Crawford 44, Christian 17
Coronado 34, Point Loma 29
Kearny 49, Clairemont 13
Thurs., Jan. 22
Preuss-UCSD 26, Christian 20
Fri., Jan. 23
Grossmont North League
Santana 48, Grossmont 45
El Capitan 50, El Cajon Valley 27 Grossmont South League
Mount Miguel 62, Helix 31
Granite Hills 50, Steele Canyon 41
Monte Vista 50, Valhalla 40 Central League
Kearny 52, Christian 10
Madison 42, Crawford 35
Clairemont 34, Coronado 31 Non-League
Calvin Christian 40, Point Loma 24
Sat., Jan. 24
OC-SD Challenge At RSM-Santa Margarita
Santa Ana-Foothill 51, Mount Miguel 46
San Clemente 73, Cathedral Catholic 62
Santa Margarita 86, Ramona 61
Santa Ana-Mater Dei 49, La Jolla Country Day 41
Mon., Jan. 26
Coronado 39, Kearny 24
Point Loma 42, Crawford 39
Madison 41, Clairemont 35
Tue., Jan. 27
Grossmont North League
West Hills 52, Grossmont 51
Santana 43, El Cajon Valley 19 Grossmont South League
Helix 64, Monte Vista 22
Mount Miguel 55, Steele Canyon 45
Granite Hills 66, Valhalla 42
Fri., Jan. 30
Grossmont North League
West Hills 58. El Cajon Valley 14
El Capitan 60, Santana 41 Grossmont South League
Steele Canyon 53, Valhalla 37
Granite Hills 65, Helix 46
Mount Miguel 98, Monte Vista 18 Central League
Madison 41, Christian 27
Coronado 41, Crawford 13
Kearny 57, Point Loma 28
Tue., Feb. 3
Grossmont North League
El Capitan 40, Grossmont 34
West Hills 53, Santana 37 END FIRST ROUND
Grossmont South League
Mount Miguel 54, Granite Hills 46
Helix 61, Valhalla 42
Steele Canyon 71, Monte Vista 29
END FIRST ROUND Central League
Christian at Point Loma, ppd., wet court
Coronado 45, Madison 29
Clairemont 40, Crawford 34
Fri., Feb. 6
Grossmont North League
West Hills 49, El Capitan 33
Grossmont 51, El Cajon Valley 28 Grossmont South League
Granite Hills 50, Monte Vista 43
Mount Miguel 76, Valhalla 16
Helix 58, Steele Canyon 34 Central League
Coronado 42, Christian 23
Kearny 68, Madison 40
Clairemont 24, Point Loma 21
Sat., Feb. 7 San Diego Coaches vs. Cancer Classic At Coronado
Santana 47, San Marcos 37
San Diego HS 71, El Capitan 42
The Bishop's 65, Mt. Carmel 55
Coronado 41, Hoover 29
Tue., Feb. 10
Grossmont North League
West Hills 60, Grossmont 45
Santana 45, El Cajon Valley 27 Grossmont South League
Granite Hills 63, Valhalla 25
Helix 64, Monte Vista 30
Mount Miguel 65, Steele Canyon 21 Central League
Clairemont 27, Christian 19
Kearny 40, Crawford 32
Madison 41, Point Loma 37 (OT)
Fri., Feb. 13
Grossmont North League
El Capitan 47, El Cajon Valley 34
Grossmont 49, Santana 33 Grossmont South League
Steele Canyon 62, Granite Hills 42
Mount Miguel 64, Helix 45
Monte Vista 49, Valhalla 42 Central League
Kearny 66, Christian 28
Coronado 34, Clairemont 21
Crawford 49, Madison 41
Tue., Feb. 17
Grossmont North League
El Capitan 57, Grossmont 39
West Hills 55, Santana 40 Grossmont South League
Mount Miguel 73, Granite Hills 35
Helix 52, Valhalla 32
Steele Canyon 60, Monte Vista 53 Central League
Crawford 47, Christian 15
Kearny 52, Clairemont 13
Coronado 36, Point Loma 15
Fri., Feb. 20
Grossmont North League
West Hills 46, El Cajon Valley 14
Santana 58, El Capitan 52 Grossmont South League
Steele Canyon 49, Valhalla 28
Helix 68, Granite Hills 38
Mount Miguel 80, Monte Vista 29 Central League
Kearny 38, Coronado 33
Madison 59, Clairemont 36
Point Loma at Crawford, no report
END REGULAR SEASON