Girls Hoops: Covina beats Wilson in rematch: How a team bounces back from a loss can tell more about the character of the players than winning or losing.
The Covina High School girls basketball team showed plenty of character by bouncing back from an embarassing 45-18 loss to Wilson only 11 days ago in the championship game of the Rowland Christmas tournament.
In a rematch, this time in a Valle Vista League game, the Colts (11-3, 1-0) stifled the usually high-scoring Wildcats and came away with 32-22 win Monday night.
Valle Vista League
Northview 61, Pomona 49,
The Vikings proved to be too much for the Red Devils (5-9, 0-3). Treavon Francis scored a game-high 41 points to led Northview (13-5, 2-0). Pomona was led by Marcus Colbert, who scored a team-high 26 points.
La Verne Lutheran 55, Westminster 33
The Trojans handily defeated the Lions behind Grant Jerrett’s game-leading 18 points and eight rebounds. Lutheran’s Eric Cooper scored 16 points and had four assists while teammate Tide Osifeso added nine points and three steals. Brian Beard had seven assists as Lutheran improved to 13-4.
Duarte 68, Azusa 35
The Falcons never were challenged as they cruised in their league opener. Duarte (7-1, 1-0) was led by Imari Brown with a game-high 20 points while Yasmine Wilson scored 14 points and Sheree Cox added 9 points. Azusa was led by Marissa Chavez with 13 points, and Andriah Asati added seven points.
Valle Vista League
Northview 56, Pomona 16
The Vikings used a pressing defense to open the game, which forced six turnovers that led to a 22-4 first-quarter lead for Northview (4-11, 2-0).
“We executed our pressing defense really well tonight and that led to easy baskets for us, which allowed us to jump out to the early big lead,” Northview coach Desiree Almarza said.
Vikings senior guard Diamond Machabie was impressive for Northview in scoring 19 points to go along with 10 steals, five assists and three rebounds.
Cassie Ramirez also had a strong game by scoring 19 points, grabbing nine rebounds and collecting three steals. “The girls played hard, well-composed and aggressive basketball tonight,” Almaraz said.
The Vikings played tough man-to-man defense throughout the game, which did not allow the Red Devils to get on track as Northview jumped out to a 31-9 halftime lead. “I thought played really well on defense tonight and did an excellent job in boxing out and rebounding,” Alamarz said.