El Monte Girls Season Comes to End

Tim Peterson
February 26, 2014 • 233 views

The El Monte Lions led at halftime and were still within a point heading into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t keep up with visiting Calabasas and fell 58-47 Thursday night in the first round of the Girls CIF Division 3AA Playoffs.
Calabasas led 36-35 after three before outscoring El Monte 22-12 in the fourth quarter to put it away. Tal Sahar scored eight points in the fourth and led all scorers with 23 points. Calabasas also knocked down ten free throws in the quarter as the Lions kept fouling to try to stay in the game.
There was a big difference at the charity stripe. El Monte was 3 for 9 while Calabasas was 14 for 27. Calabasas knocked down six threes while El Monte hit two.
Both teams started slow. Calabasas led 12-7 after one but scored only three points in the second quarter as El Monte took an 18-15 lead at the break.
As cold as they were early, both teams warmed up in the third. While Burke was lighting it up for Calabasas, Tiyana Watkins scored eight points down in the paint to keep the Lady Lions in the game.
Watkins led El Monte with 15 and Emmy Pham followed up with 12. Pham scored eight of the Lions’ 11 points in the second quarter.
El Monte won the MVL title with a 9-1 record and finished 17-7 overall.

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