By Bill Tamburrino
The Ramona High School girls basketball team bounced back from a loss to Oceanside to defeat Valley Center and remain tied for first place in the Valley League.
The Ladies from the Valley of the Sun are now 17-9 overall and 7-1 in league action.
In summing up the team’s 55-32 road loss at Oceanside High School, coach Dan Marshall said, “I didn’t coach well, we didn’t play well and everything that they did, they did very well. We will have to go back and work on our game and improve and put that one behind us.”
The Pirates hit three of 11 3-point shots — two of which were banked — to Ramona’s two of 26. The Pirates hit 21 2-point shots to Ramona’s seven. It was one of those nights.
Katherine Mauldin turned in a double-double despite playing against a much taller opponent, Shannice McGee. Mauldin scored a team high 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kailey Hill led all players with 13 boards to go with her 4 points. Julie Ward and Niki Spring both scored 5 points apiece. Ward had eight boards and Spring grabbed nine rebounds. Christina Barrameda had seven boards, 4 points, and led the team with three steals.
“This group of kids never quits and never stops trying to improve. Oceanside knocked us down but we got up and did things right at Valley Center,” said Marshall after his team beat Valley Center, 63-42 on the road.
Mauldin and Hill both turned in double-doubles at Valley Center. Mauldin scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards. Hill scored 18 points and led all rebounders with 13. Both sat out several minutes as Marshall substituted liberally in the game. Barrameda dished off six assists and scored 8 points on offense and played well on the defensive end of the court as she snatched three steals. Ward and Kylee Scheib also played well on defense as both Lady Dawgs had three steals. Spring (6), Mackenzie Griffin (3), Hannah Farhat (3), and Karah Banegas (2) also scored in the victory.
The Bulldog girls travel to Del Norte on Friday. A win can clinch at least a tie for the Valley League title. They are a lock to get a berth in the CIF playoffs.