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March 23, 2023

Girls’ Basketball | Lady Bruins repeat as league champs

GREENFIELD — Last season the Greenfield varsity girls’ basketball team made history for the Bruins as they won their first-ever basketball title in school history, and now they have another banner after becoming back-to-back champions.

One of the themes for last week was “Greenfield vs. King City,” as the two high schools faced off not only in girls’ basketball, but also in boys’ basketball and soccer.

All year long the Lady Bruins have been dominant on the court, staying on top of the Cypress Division. But on Feb. 8, the girls saw their 21-game league winning streak come to an end against the Seaside High Spartans.

With the loss, Greenfield left a small opening for the Spartans to compete in the division. The Lady Bruins, however, still controlled their own destiny, and all they had to do was beat their South Monterey County rival, the King City Mustangs.

Last year Greenfield beat King City to win the league outright. This year, the Lady Mustangs would try to keep the Bruins from claiming the league on their senior night on Feb. 10.

Greenfield didn’t let their opportunity slip as they beat King City, 51-26.

Bruins player Latai Matelau has been a double-double machine this year, and once again she dominated the game. Matelau scored 20 points with 22 rebounds, while teammate Arianna Villagomez, who is one of the best defensive players in the league, scored nine.

For King City (3-7 league, 5-16 overall), the loss stung even worse as it was Mustangs head coach Frank Padilla Jr.’s last game. Padilla Jr., who led the Lady Mustangs to the playoffs last season, will be taking some time off from coaching.

Although it was a time to celebrate for the Lady Bruins (9-1 league, 14-5 overall) as they won their first-ever Cypress title after winning the Santa Lucia Division title last year, they still had one more game to play before getting seeded in the CCS girls’ basketball tournament.

Greenfield competed against Stevenson at home on Tuesday, winning 55-46. The Lady Bruins now move on to the CCS Division III playoffs on Saturday.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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