VISALIA - For the third time this season, College of the Sequoias women's basketball will be competing in a tournament final. COS defeated Ventura 78-61 in the semi-finals of the Gilcrest Tournament on Saturday.
Ventura kept it close in the first half, but the Giants were able to pull away in the second half thanks to Alyssa Gonzales.
Gonzales played 35 minutes and scored 20 points in the victory. She also had 6 assists, with 4 rebounds.
With the win, Sequoias will play Mt. San Antonio College in the Gilcrest Tournament final. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Porter Field House.
Giants head coach Ray Alvarado is happy in how far his team has gotten, but there is still a challenge ahead in the final.
"I'm definitely proud of the team," Alvarado said. "They have risen to every challenge and Mt. SAC will pose the biggest yet. Anytime you can make a tournament final means the team is playing hard, unselfish, and with passion. To play in the Gilcrest final is definitely special."
Third round results:
Antelope Valley 58 - Foothill 63
Cerritos 63 - Mission 77
Santa Rosa 45 - San Joaquin Delta 59
LA Valley 57 - Riverside 60
Pasadena 57 - Mt. San Antonio 65
Ventura 61 - COS 78
Fourth round at Porter Field House:
Consolation Championship: Foothill vs. Mission 10 a.m.
5th Place Game: Delta vs. Riverside 12 p.m.
3rd Place Game: Pasadena vs. Ventura 2 p.m.
Championship Game: Mt. SAC vs. COS 4 p.m.