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One might say playing a tough schedule early on and losing quite a bit would lower team morale. However, for the Santana Sultans behind first-year head coach Jordan Franey, the tough schedule early on has prepared them for their league schedule and it showed again on Tuesday night.

From the get-go the home team Sultans were able to gain control over the visiting Monte Vista Monarchs as they raced out to a 9-0 lead and would hold the Monarchs to a couple of baskets as they led 13-4 after the first period.

In the second quarter, neither team was able to get their offensive bearings straight but the Sultans would outscore them Monarchs 8-6 to lead 21-10 at the break. Both Bella Terry and Brianna Jerig knocked down three-pointers to spark the lead.

In the second half, the Monarchs made some adjustments as they outscored Santana 13-11 behind Torre Honore’s 7 points and Sara Taha’s 6 points to close the gap 32-23 after three periods of play.

The Sultans in the fourth really put the stops out as were able to pull away in the end and outscore the Monarchs 18-13. It wasn’t without effort as Isis Taylor scored 7 points and the defense was able to do the rest and make sure the Monarchs posed a threat no longer.

On the night Aaliyah Stone really did damage against the Monarchs as she was able to corral in a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds and 2 steals, Jerig tallied 10 points and 2 points, Terry contributed 7 points, 8 boards, and 2 blocks.

Over on the Monarchs side, Taha led with 18 points which included a trio of three-pointers while Monore scored 12 points.

Monte Vista with the loss drops to 8-11 and 1-1 in league play while the Sultans improve to 7-12 and 3-0 in league play to stay atop.

“Our pre-league schedule made us get better and it really set the tone for our season. We are finally starting to get to where we want to be but still have a lot of work, I have been challenging the team and they have accepted it and if they continue to play well then good things will happen. The Steele Canyon game really gave us confidence because early on we would have probably lost a close game like that with a slim lead in the final minute. To pull that out also really set things and showed that if we run our stuff then we can win.” Said coach Franey on the win and also the fact that they are undefeated in league.

Up next for the Monarchs is a home league contest against the Granite Hills Eagles on Friday night at 5:30 PM and for the Sultans they will stay home for a 5:30 PM showdown with the Valhalla Norsemen to wrap up the first half of league play.



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