W. Basketball: Home opener nets Falcons a 63-49 win

Kayla Sta. Ana scored 14 points off the bench for the Falcons
Kayla Sta. Ana scored 14 points off the bench for the Falcons

Playing their home opener on Wednesday, the Cerritos College women's basketball team hit five first half three-pointers to guide them to a 64-49 win over Grossmont College. The Falcons (3-4) will now travel to Chaffey College on Friday for a 5:00 p.m. non-conference game.

Cerritos came on fast against the Griffins (0-7), and out-scored them, 24-9 through the first 10 minutes. Five straight points from sophomore Sarah Hernandez (St. Paul HS) helped the Falcons sprint out to a 9-0 lead early on. Consecutive three-pointers from freshman Precious Yerena (Downey HS) and sophomore Kayla Sta. Ana (St. Joseph HS) extended the lead to 17-3, while it was a 35-11 advantage midway through the second quarter after two more Sta. Ana three-pointers.

The Falcons took a comfortable 40-18 lead into intermission, but struggled to maintain their shot in the second half, as they converted only 19% of their field goals, compared to 43% for Grossmont. Although Cerritos never saw the lead dip under double-digits, the Griffins were able to stay in threatening range. Benefitting the Falcons were the 35 turnovers for Grossmont, with Cerritos converted into 30 points.

Heading into the fourth quarter with a 50-35 advantage, Yerena converted a jumper, followed by a pair of free throws from Hernandez to swell the lead back to 17 points. Grossmont went on an 8-2 run to make the score 54-41, before Yerena converted a layup and sophomore Mariah Lora (Warren HS) netted three of four free throws. Cerritos made good on 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to close out the game.

Sta. Ana scored a season-high 14 points with five rebounds, which included the three first half three-pointers, while Yerena also produced 14 points and five rebounds in the win. Hernandez nabbed her fifth double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Jordan Lewis (Downey HS) played a solid game on both ends. In addition to scoring eight points, 10 of her game-high 13 rebounds came on the offensive end, with Lora finishing with 10 points and four steals.

Photos by Daryl Peterson