Bonita boys make it look easy: The Bonita High School boys basketball team made a statement in a game with first place in the Hacienda League on the line.
The Bearcats were on fire from the 3-point line and their defense shut down Rowland as they cruised to a 69-37 win Monday night.
Valle Vista League
Wilson 52, San Dimas 36
If you asked Wilson’s coach Tracy Calton if his Wildcats were looking past San Dimas to this Friday’s key matchup against Covina High School, which will probably determine the Valle Vista League champion, you would get a definite no. “Although we knew we get another shot at Covina this Friday, in no way were we looking past San Dimas,” said Calton. “They (San Dimas) are a very good team with an outstanding player in Taylor Jackson so we just focused on them and we got the win, so now we can prepare for Covina.” The Wildcats (16-5, 6-1) turned a 21-15 lead into a 38-26 advantage after three quarters of play and cruised the rest of the way. We won the game in that third quarter,” said Calton. “I told the girls at halftime, we have to do a better job in our inside/outside game and that’s what we did which made the difference in third quarter.”
Wildcats junior center Kelly Calton dominated the boards both defensively and offensively as she grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds (13 defense, 4 offense). “Kelly played outstanding game for us tonight. In that decisive third quarter she was able to control the boards which limited them to just one shot,” said Calton. For the game, the Wildcats pulled down 28 defensive rebounds and 12 offensively.
Sophomore guard Kaelyn Kawamoto contributed to the win with 19 points, which included four 3-pointers and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Angela Choie added 15 points all of which were from beyond the arc and three assists.
San Dimas (11-10, 4-3) was led by Taylor Jackson who was averaging 18 points a game but, was held to just seven points. “Angela (Choie) did an outstanding job on her. She bird-dogged her all night and did not allow her to get into any rhythm.”
Bonita 54, Rowland 16
The Bearcats stifled the Raiders with an intense and consistent defensive effort. Without contributing a single point, Brianna Kennedy helped sway the game with her 13 rebounds, three steals and five blocks. Malorie Ben and Brielle Jordan each scored 6 points respectively for the Raiders. Nikki Wheatley led all scoreres with 19 points while adding six assists and three steals.
The Bearcats (18-3,6-0) play against Diamond Ranch at home Wednesday.
Diamond Ranch 54, West Covina 47
Chelsea Barnes finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers, who are 17-5 and 5-1 in league. The Panthers visit Bonita on Wednesday hoping to split the season series and move into a first-place tie with the undefeated Bearcats. Marlena Rodriguez led the Bulldogs with 15 points.