GLENDORA — The Sierra Pacific girls basketball team has been staying busy with its second tournament in as many weeks. This time, they’re playing in the Glendora Tournament at Glendora High School.
The Golden Bears dropped their opening game to Upland, 45-39, on Wednesday and struggled with foul trouble all night long. Three players fouled out and Upland took 30 free throws to Sierra Pacific’s four.
Sierra Pacific led 24-12 at halftime, but was outscored 20-4 in the third quarter, which seemed to be the real turning point for the team.
Sierra Pacific coach Amy Bush said the girls need to adjust better when in foul trouble. They were also without one of their best players when guard Hailey Leslie went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Kaylie Rocha went down with an ankle injury prior to the tournament, so the team played with only eight girls.
Janae Tolbert had a team-high 10 points in the loss.
Sierra Pacific vs. Charter Oak
As usual, the girls rebounded on Thursday and took down Charter Oak (1-10), while having four players score in double figures and cracking the 70-point mark for the first time this season.
Their 76-35 point blowout saw them never trail as they jumped out to a 29-4 lead after the first quarter. Their previous season-high scoring for a game was 69 points in their season opener against Exeter.
Hailey Bettencourt led the way with 21 points, Alana Roberts scored 13 points, Kalea Bush had 15 points and Cristina Avila added 10 points.
Sierra Pacific vs. Lancaster
Sierra Pacific was given its biggest test of the tournament with a game against Division 3 school Lancaster (9-3, 4-0 GL) in a doubleheader on Thursday.
In short, the girls passed their test.
Sierra Pacific eked out a 53-51 victory in a tightly contested contest and rallied in the fourth quarter.
The Golden Bears trailed 43-36 entering the fourth quarter and wound up coming up big when it mattered most. The girls outscored Lancaster 17-8 in the fourth and walked away with their two-point victory.
Bettencourt did her thing again and led the team with 13 points and was backed up by Roberts’ 12 points. The victory was all the more impressive when you take into account that Sierra Pacific is a Division 4 school.