Knights Rally Late to Beat West Hills, 63-62, In Home Opener
After playing their first eight games on the road, the Knights finally played their home opener on Saturday and treated the home crowd to a thrilling 62-62 victory over West Hills-Lemoore in the semifinals of the Knights' Colbert Classic. Sophomore forward Maria Torres led a late charge by scoring all 13 of her points in the final six minutes to help the Knights overcome a 10-point deficit.
The game was tied at 37-37 early in the second half when West Hills-Lemoore started to pull away. The Golden Eagles built a 10-point lead with 5:44 left in the game, but Torres and the Knights weren't done yet. Torres scored seven straight points for SDCC as the Knights cut the Eagles' lead in half. A bucket by the Eagles was followed by four straight free-throws from Torres to bring the Knights to within 61-58 with 2:42 remaining.
A jumper by Darrian Castillo and a free-throw by Catheryne Wright tied the game with 1:48 left. Jayla English, who had a game-high 17 points, gave West Hills-Lemoore a 62-61 lead after going 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. On the next possession, Torres hit a jumper from the right side to give the Knights the lead with 1:38 left.
West Hills-Lemoore had three chances to regain the lead, but the Knights stopped them every time and won the game, 63-62, to advance to the championship game of the Colbert Classic against Glendale, which is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m.
Alex Warren had 12 points, 13 rebounds, and a tournament record eight blocked shots. Jenesis Hayes led all Knights in scoring with 14 points off the bench. In addition to her 13 points, Torres also brought down nine rebounds. Box Score