Watsonville High junior Xitlali Montesino had had nine points and eight rebounds in Thursday night's win against San Lorenzo Valley. (Juan Reyes/The Pajaronian)

Monte Vista Christian senior Marissa Cortes banked the game-winning jumper for the Mustangs’ girls basketball team in a 40-38 victory against Watsonville on Friday.

With the win, MVC (2-2) will take on Silver Creek in the Gold Division championship tonight at 5:30pm.

Cortes finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals. Her teammate, Paloma Ramirez, added 17 points for the Mustangs.

Xitali Montesino scored a team-high 13 points for the Wildcatz and teammate Kaylani Trout-Lacy added 11 points. The Wildcatz (2-1) were held to 12 points in the second half.

Also on Saturday, Scotts Valley will play against North Monterey County for fifth place in the Black Division at 10am, followed by San Lorenzo Valley and Harbor for fifth place in the Gold Division at 11:30am. 

Third place games include San Benito and North Salinas in the Black Division at 1pm, and Watsonville and Pajaro Valley for the Gold Division at 2:30pm. 

Aptos and Half Moon Bay will play for the championship in the Black Division at 4pm.

Aptos 67, North Monterey County 30: Jaylen Dang scored 20 points for the Mariners in Thursday’s win against the Condors in Day 2 of the Watsonville High Tournament.

Jasmine Ackerman had nine points and seven rebounds, and teammate Miricole Baity made three 3-pointers, finishing with 15 points to go along with five rebounds.

Grace Parry added eight points for Aptos (3-1), which plays Half Moon Bay (4-0) in the Black Division championship on Saturday.

Watsonville 57, SLV 28: Junior Kaylani Trout-Lacy scored 17 points for the Wildcatz in a smashing win over the Cougars at the Watsonville Tournament on Thursday night.

Senior Yvette Hernandez added 10 points for the Wildcatz. Xitlali Montesino had nine points and eight rebounds and senior Marissa Martinez had six points and eight rebounds.

The Cougars were led by senior forward Abby Lahey with six points and six rebounds. Hannah Morley also contributed six points in the loss.

The Cougars (2-2) wrapped up in Watsonville against Harbor earlier today.

Watsonville High junior Kaylani Trout-Lacy scored 17 points for the Wildcatz in a smashing win over the Cougars at the Watsonville Tournament on Thursday night. (Juan Reyes/The Pajaronian)

Watsonville 63, at King City 39: Junior Kaylani Trout-Lacy had 17 points, nine rebounds and four steals in the Wildcatz’s non-league win Monday night.

Junior Xitlali Montesino contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and eight steals for the Wildcatz, and senior Lucynell Rosales also scored 12 points to go along with seven steals. Senior Marissa Martinez added 10 points.

Aptos 68, North Salinas 54: Jasmine Ackerman had 13 points and 17 rebounds to help the Mariners win their Watsonville Tournament opener Wednesday.

Jaylen Dang finished with 18 points and six rebounds for Aptos. Laurel Southall added 10 points, and Miricole Baity made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for the Mariners. 

MVC 48, SLV 46: Senior Paloma Ramirez made four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points as the Mustangs edged the Cougars in their Watsonville Tournament opener Wednesday.

MVC’s Marissa Cortes scored five of her nine points in the fourth quarter and Sophia Cortes scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter.

Pajaro Valley 58, Harbor 31: The Grizzlies won their Watsonville Tournament opener Wednesday. 

Soquel 47, at St. Francis 27: Mariah Montolvo led the Sharks with 11 points in their non-league loss Monday.

Gianna Winterhalder scored 12 points and Audrey Finch added 11 for the Knights.  

Boys basketball

Aptos 58, Wilcox 55: Cameron Saldana, a senior, scored 23 points for the Mariners in their non-league win against the Chargers on Thursday.

Aptos senior Max Beldah scored 12 points, and teammate Jack Spineli had a double-double with 13 points and 20 rebounds.

Aptos (3-0) plays at North Monterey County on Dec. 7.

Stevenson 58, Watsonville 51: Brody Legions scored 13 points and Richie Ortiz added 12 in the Wildcatz’s loss to the Pirates in the Alisal Solis-Miles Tournament on Thursday.

Darnell Adler had 17 points for Stevenson. The Wildcatz (0-3) play Pacific Point at Gilroy on Dec. 8 at 8pm.

NMC 59, MVC 45: Jacob Gomez scored 16 points for the Condors in their win against the Mustangs on Friday in Day 2 of the Dad’s Club Tournament in Santa Cruz. 

Simon Fink scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, when the Condors jumped out to a 39-20 lead.

Ryan Cahalan scored 16 points to lead the Mustangs and Sean Bautista scored 10 points.

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A Watsonville native who has a passion for local sports and loves his community. A Watsonville High, Cabrillo College, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Cabrillo College athletics, various youth sports in the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Warriors. Juan is also a video game enthusiast, part-time chef (at home), explorer and a sports junkie. Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to report scores HERE.


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