Colts have title they can call their own

first_imgCOVINA – Sharing the Valle Vista League title last season with rival San Dimas didn’t sit too well with the Covina High School girls basketball team. The Colts did something about it on Tuesday night with a resounding 47-32 win over the visiting Saints. Covina clinched the outright league title with the victory and upped its stellar record to 24-1. “When we get that kind of production from two kids who are coming back next year, we’re really excited about tonight and next year too,” Gustafson said. “We just do a good job of understanding that Blaire is a good player who gets a lot of attention and it frees up a lot of people. “It makes everybody’s job a little easier, because Blaire is special and they have to guard her.” Covina honored Egardo later Tuesday with a ceremony that included a banner depicting her jersey hung in the gym at halftime of the boys’ game. The two-time league MVP likely cemented her third consecutive award, but Gustafson noted that the playoffs remain on the horizon. “I think our team is better than last year,” Gustafson said. “I think we can do some damage in the playoffs, but it’s just going to depend on matchups. We can play with anybody in our division.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Covina point guard Blaire Egardo scored 17 points, which can be considered a tepid performance given what she’s capable of doing. The Colts got more than enough inside, however, with post players Ashley Adams and Chantel Diaz having their way against San Dimas’ frontcourt. “They have the best two post players in the league,” San Dimas coach Gary Jackson said of Adams and Diaz. “We tried to make it a little bit harder for them, but they’re more offensively skilled. If Blaire’s not on, they can always go inside.” Covina didn’t shake San Dimas until the third quarter. Leading by only six at halftime, the Colts relied on defense to pull away in the second half. That meant shutting out San Dimas in the third quarter while the lead reached double figures. Adams and Diaz combined for 21 points, 21 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. center_img “Last year San Dimas got us over there in a game at the end (of the season), so it’s nice to be able to win it outright,” Covina coach Greg Gustafson. “Our goal has been to go 1-0 every night and 10-0 in league. We put ourselves in position to do that going over to Northview.” Like last season, San Dimas figured to be Covina’s only competition in league. But the Saints didn’t come close against the Colts in two games, losing by 13 in January and 15 on Tuesday. last_img read more