The Cajon girl’s basketball team had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but came up short in crunch time during a 66-63 loss at home to Sierra Canyon in the first round of the CIF-SS Open Division on Saturday, February 20.
Cajon came out hot and was ahead the entire game before Alexis Griggsby put Sierra Canyon ahead 64-63 with 1:32 left on the clock. Griggsby had a big fourth-quarter for the Trailblazers, scoring nine of her game-high 32 points to lead the late rally.
Sierra Canyon (19-7), the three-time defending State champion in Division 4, will host Brea Olinda in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, February 24.
Kayla Washington’s field goal with just under six and a half to play put the Cowgirls (22-5) up by 10 at 59-49. However, the offense cooled off and went without a basket over the final 2:52 of the game while being outscored 19-8 in the fourth.
Griggsby hit a free-throw with 4.7 seconds left that all but iced the win. Cajon had one last gasp on the ensuing possession, as Tyra Turner heaved a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer but it bounced off the rim. Turner finished with 10 points and eight assists.
The loss snapped an 18-game win streak for Cajon with each win coming by at least 30 points.
Tyla Turner totaled a game-high 18 points for Cajon. Washington finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Taylor Goldsberry also finished with a double-double, reeling in a game-high 12 rebounds and scoring 16 points.
Cajon’s season isn’t over as the team will travel to Oak Christian of Thousand Oaks for a consolation bracket match up on February 24. The Cowgirls previously lost to Oak Christian in the third round of last year’s playoffs.