VISALIA - COS women's basketball defeated Cerritos 83-57 in the first round of the 40th annual Gilcrest Tournament.
The Giants (9-1) played lockdown defense, allowing Cerritos to score only 19 points in the first half.
Sequoias scored 48 points in the second half, the most they have scored in any half this season. Zharia McCollum had a team-high 19 points in the victory.
"Winning the first game puts you in the winners bracket so definitely nice," COS head coach Ray Alvarado said. "Zharia kept it simple, and when she does that she is special."
The Giants will face undefeated Los Angeles Valley in the second round of the tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Porter Field House.
First round results:
LA Valley 73 - Solano 62; Riverside 59 - Sacramento City 48; Ventura 77 - Mission 48; Pasadena City 93 - Porterville 68; San Joaquin Delta 54 - Antelope Valley 43; Mt. San Antonio 72 - Foothill 67; Santa Rosa 66 - Reedley 37.
Porter Field House: Santa Rosa vs. Mt. San Antonio 1 p.m.; SJD vs. Pasadena 3 p.m.; Ventura vs. Riverside 5 p.m.; LA Valley vs. COS 7 p.m.
Moro Gym: Reedley vs. Foothill 1 p.m.; AVC vs. Porterville 3 p.m.; Mission vs. Sac City 5 p.m.; Solano vs. Cerritos 7 p.m.