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San Jacinto Wins the 18th Annual Nighthawk Girls Basketball Classic


Tigers Too Much For Wildcats, 75-66


Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Issue 01, Volume 18.
Charles McKee
Sports Writer


The San Jacinto Tigers knocked off Redlands East Valley (REV) Wildcats in the championship game of the Nighthawk Classic and took the crown home to San Jacinto. The Tigers knocked off the defending Champion Nighthawks in the semifinals Saturday. The Tigers opened the tournament with a dominant 55-29 win over Temescal Canyon. They defeated Moreno Valley (47-37) and Murrieta Valley (52-46) to advance to the title game.

San Jacinto started slowly against REV as they fell behind the Wildcats 17-13 in the opening period. The Tigers stiffened, took control and the lead in the second and never looked back. They dominated the crucial final quarter where San Jacinto outscored REV 28-19 and crushed any resistance that the Wildcats had left. San Jacinto hit six three’s, dominated the boards with 41 rebounds, made eleven steals and blocked six shots in the comeback.

Tournament MVP Britney Thomas led the Tiger attack with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Reina West added 17 points while Jazmyn Lacy and Destinee Wiggins scored ten apiece. Thomas had 19 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks in the semifinals game against Murrieta Valley and 19 points, 21 rebounds against Temescal Canyon. She had 23 blocks in the four-game tournament.

Asia Noble was named the player of the game for San Jacinto by Coach Vicki Thomas. After sitting 3 1/2 quarters on the bench Noble entered the game after the starting post fouled out. She rallied the Tigers past REV. Noble ended up with 8 points and 5 rebounds in 5 minutes of play to help seal the Tiger victory in the decisive fourth period.

San Jacinto’s Adriana Delgado was also named to the All Tournament team which included: Maribel Lopez (Temescal Canyon), Thaila Carballosa (Vista Del Lago), Ajahnae Gamble (Moreno Valley), Renee Vellos (Elsinore), Whitney Barlow (Boulder City, Nevada), Ariana Hernandez and Alex Morrison (Murrieta Valley), and Bre Bishop (Redlands East Valley).

Vista Del Lago beat under-manned Temescal Canyon 46-38 for seventh place. Elsinore took fifth place with an 81-50 win over Moreno Valley. Murrieta Valley captured third place in the tournament with a 48-31 victory over Boulder City from Nevada. The Nighthawks were led by Alex Morrison’s 16 points. Ariana Hernandez scored 14 and Nellie Jones had five for MVHS.

The Nighthawks will take News Year’s Day off but will be back on court Thursday at 6:30pm to take on the Tigers from Elsinore


 

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