California High School Basketball - Monte Vista nudges Steele CanyonJanuary 11, 2012: Spring Valley, CA 91977
In Wednesday's non-league outing, the Monte Vista Monarchs (Spring Valley, CA) basketball squad nipped the visiting Steele Canyon Cougars (Spring Valley, CA), by a margin of 51-45.
The Monarchs (15-6) will now prepare for their outing against Santana (Santee, CA). The Sultans go into the Grossmont - Valley outing with a 7-10 record. In their last outing, Santana was tipped by Granite Hills (El Cajon, CA), 73-27, in a non-league outing.
The Cougars now own a 8-7 record. They take the field next when they host Helix for a Grossmont - Hills outing on Friday, January 13. Steele Canyon will encounter a Highlanders squad coming off a 61-34 non-league loss to Monte Vista (Spring Valley, CA). The Highlanders record now stands at 2-11.
Monte Vista raced out to a 13-to 8 first quarter lead. Monte Vista extended the lead in the second quarter with a 19-9 second quarter run. Monte Vista lead at the half 32-17! Steele Canyon started a comeback in the third quarter to get within 10 points at the end of the third quarter. Steele Canyon got the lead down to 2 points, before Monte Vista serged ahead to take a 4 point lead late in the fouth quarter. Monte Vista was able to hold on for a 51 to 45 victory over the visiting Steele Canyon Cougars. Monique Van led the lady cougars in scoring with 16 points. She also added 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. Ali Merlino added 15 points and 11 rebounds for a double/double. She also added 7 steals to her totals. Alexis Ramos continues to show improved play, as she chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and two steals.