Ella Rivera

Christ the King’s Ella Rivera scored 14 points to lead the Lady Golden Lions past Southland on Thursday.

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Christ the King opened the 2020-21 season on Thursday with a sweep against Southland.

The girls pulled away in the second half for a 31-22 victory, while the boys blazed to a big lead on the way to a 65-23 triumph.

Ella Rivera made sure the Lady Golden Lions finish strong by scoring 8 of her 14 points in the final period to help her team maintain a lead they established by outscoring Southland 16-8 in the middle two frames.

Before Rivera’s late eruption, balance was the key for CTK (1-0), with three or more players getting one bucket apiece in each of the first three quarters.

The Golden Lions didn’t need a strong ending after blitzing Southland 23-7 in the opening 8 minutes. Jonathan Gonzales and Armando Vowels got CTK (1-0) revving with 15 points between them in the first period on the way to 17 and 19 points, respectively. Those two tallied 5 points each in the second frame to help expand the lead to 38-10 by halftime.

Both teams are back in action on Dec. 1 with a road trip to Wilson.

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Girls

CHRIST THE KING 31, SOUTHLAND 22

Southland                  5       6       2       9       --       22

Christ the King          7       10     6       8       --       31

SOUTHLAND (22) -- Liz Payton 1 3-5 5, Treg Peterson 3 1-2 8, Kalli Davis 3 0-0 6, Bralley Nelson 0 0-1 0, Sylae Peterson 1 1-7 3. Totals  8 5-12 22.

CHRIST THE KING (31) -- Camille James 1 0-0 3, Mary Behnke 1 0-0 3, Ella Rivera 7 0-0 14, Ana Redondo 2 0-0 5, Angel Trevino 1 0-0 2, Venicya Martinez 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 0-0 31.

3-point goals -- Southland 1 (Peterson); Christ the King 3 (James 1, Behnke 1, Redondo 1). Total fouls -- Southland 7Christ the King 15. Fouled out – Martinez. Records: Southland 0-1, Christ the King 1-0. Up next: Christ the King at Wilson, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Boys

CHRIST THE KING 65, SOUTHLAND 23

Southland                  7       3       4       9       --       23

Christ the King         23     15     14     13     --       65

SOUTHLAND (23) -- Dade Halford 1 1-4 3, De’Angelo Humphries 1 2-5 3, CorDale Benham 1 0-2 2, Joby Forgerson 5 3-5 14. Totals 8 6-16 23.

CHRIST THE KING (65) -- Aaron Chaloupka 5 1-2 11, Hugh Wanjnra 3 0-0 6, Jonathan Gonzales 6 4-5 17, Ben Wang 1 0-0 2, Armando Vowels 8 0-0 19, Austin Davis 4 0-0 8, Stephen Leyendecker 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28 5-7 65.

3-point goals -- Southland 1 (Forgerson); CTK 4 (Vowels 3, Gonzales 1). Total fouls -- Southland 8, CTK 15. Records: Southland 0-1, CTK 1-0. Up next: Christ the King at Wilson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.