CHULA VISTA Anessa Wolfblack was Chula Vista’s homecoming queen last fall. She’s also the girls basketball team’s top scorer.
What, she was asked, means more to her?
“Being homecoming queen was such an honor,” she said, “but I love playing basketball.”
Wolfblack’s 18 points and 12 rebounds led the Spartans to their eighth straight win as they got off to a fast start, weathered a third-quarter comeback and pulled away for a 54-42 victory over visiting Castle Park.
The victory kept Chula Vista (13-7, 7-0) two games ahead in the South Bay League chase, but was a critical setback for the Trojans (10-6, 4-3), who started the game in a three-way tie for second place and gave the Spartans quite a scare.
With Sierra Thomas leading the way, Chula Vista went on a 16-0 run in the first quarter and built what looked like a comfortable 20-6 advantage.
But after dropping farther back, 40-22, at the start of the third quarter, it was Castle Park that went on a 13-2 scoring spree. Makenya Jackson got position under the basket for six points, and the Trojans played smothering defense to close to 42-35.
Wolfblack, Thomas (13 points) and Maria Tinajero, who finished with 13 rebounds, made sure they got no closer despite a 15-point game from Danette Juvic — 12 coming on long 3-pointers.
Though Chula Vista started the season losing four of its first five games, coach John DeJesus said he knew he had a quality, experienced group that just needed time.
“We started late and the teams that beat us had played a lot of games,” he explained. “Once we got our confidence, and started to come together as a team, we just got better and better.
“Right now, though, all we’re looking at is the next game and winning league.”