After their last league face-off resulted in a two point difference, both teams came in ready for battle. Though their rivalry did not prove worrisome for the teams, both had acquired a total of ten fouls each by the end of the first half.
Strathmore’s defense applied heavy pressure throughout the night which cut off many scoring opportunities for the Grizzlies. Strathmore was able to dominate the Grizzlies early on and led 36-18 at the half.
Spartan coach Richard Miranda commented, “We made some changes after the first time we faced them. We just weren’t extending out, but after reviewing the game we made those changes this time around.”
Despite the Spartans’ heavy defense, the lady Grizzlies were able to sink some of their shots with Yanin Cervantes sinking 11 points in addition to her eight rebounds. Ruby Espinoza was also able to rack up 12 points for the Grizzlies.
Senior Kandace Gurrola proved valuable for the Spartan offense as she netted a total of 25 points, with 21 of those being from 3 point range. Sophomore Mariah Hernandez added 21 points for the Spartans.
Miranda feels the rivalry between Strathmore and Granite will continue for years to come as both teams are fairly young this season.
In addition, Miranda said, “My girls knew what they had to do, they were motivated and focused and knew we wouldn’t make it to playoffs if they didn’t come out with a win tonight.”