Girls basketball crushes Grizzlies 30-15

By Andrea Camarena

Lindsay girls basketball hit the court on Saturday night to close the Tiny Hill Classic in Porterville with an avenging 30-15 point win over Division II Granite Hills.

The Cardinals held the Grizzlies to a one-point first quarter to take an early 13-8 lead at the half.

"Lachelle really played great defense in playing Ali man to man," said Cardinal coach Pete Lindstrand whose team slowed down Granite Hills' offense by shutting down top scorer Ali Velasco. Velasco led the Grizzlies in a 38-52 win over the Monarchs in this year's season opener in the LHS gym. This time around, Lachelle Bales held the star player to 10 points with zero in the first quarter when the team ran a box chaser defense against the Grizzlies.

Erika Gonzalez put the team on the scoring path making the first two baskets of the game and finishing with 10 points. Nickie Salinas led the offense against Granite Hills putting away 25 points for the Cardinals.

The win followed three straight losses for the Cardinals at the Tiny Hill Classic. The girls opened the tournament with a 62-21 loss at the hands of Division I Redwood High School. In their low scoring performance, Salinas led the scoring with nine points and Yesenia DelaCruz followed with only four. The Rangers towering defense pressed most of the first half to take an early 34-6 lead over the Cardinals.

The Cardinals fell a second time when they faced tournament hosts Monache. The team played well for three quarters and entered the fourth at 23-27, Monache. But the Cardinals lost steam in the final quarter giving up 18 points to Monache.

"I was pleased with the effort the girls put forth," Lindstrand said of the second game of the night. Salinas held the top scoring spot yet again with 17 points.

On Friday night, Exeter Union massacred their league opponents Lindsay with a gaping 61-28 Monarch victory. With an overpowering press, Exeter "beat us up" Lindstrand said. Exeter's Tiffany Marinos charged the Monarch offense with 22 points. Salinas managed 14 against Exeter.

"Playing DI, DII, and DIII makes for a tough schedule but I still believe that's the best way we're going to get ready for league," said Linsdstrand. The team returns to the court on Dec. 20 when they travel south to the Garces tournament and then come back that same evening to host Lemoore.

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