Senior duo key in Sonora's triumph


EL CAJON – Margo Campos and Kylie Rodriguez have been the two main sparks for the Sonora offense this season. On Friday night against Mission Hills, the script didn't change.

Rodriquez led her team with 21 points and Campos scored 19 in Sonora's 54-41 victory against Mission Hills in the So Cal Holiday Prep Classic. It was the Raiders' third victory in the tournament's NCAA Division.

"They've been our senior leaders all year," Sonora coach Melissa Barajas said. "They've been doing a great job stepping up.

"Kylie has been doing a great job, even if she's not scoring, protecting the basket and getting rebounds. Margo has been stepping up for us offensively when we've needed her."

It seemed like the Raiders (13-2) were going to run the Grizzlies (6-7) off the court in the first quarter when they raced out to 17-point lead, thanks to 11 points from Campos and a full-court press which held Mission Hills to four first-quarter points.

The Grizzlies wouldn't go down without a fight, though, outscoring the Raiders in the second and third quarters. The Mission Hills rally coincided with Campos' absence from the game after she was hit in the eye with the basketball.

Campos returned, but the Sonora lead was cut to as little as seven in the fourth quarter.

"We knew they'd be competitive," Barajas said. "We figured that they had a good run in them. I didn't think we did a very good job of attacking offensively. We kind of got away from what got us to be successful. Those are some things we have to work on."

Fittingly, the Raiders' senior leaders took charge and quieted the Grizzlies' comeback attempt. Campos and Rodriguez sealed the victory by combining for 13 of Sonora's 15 fourth-quarter points.

The Raiders also received contributions from Lauren Nakahara, who added 10 points. Alex Israel led the Grizzlies with nine points.

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