COVINA - Covina High School's girls basketball team continued its domination of the Valle Vista League on Friday.
The Colts (17-1, 2-0) improved their league record to 32-1 over the past three years with a 53-22 win over Baldwin Park (7-7, 1-1).
Covina scored the first 16 points of the game and never looked back.
"Everybody played well tonight," Colts coach Greg Gustafson said. "We just came out at the beginning of the game and just made a statement that it was going to be a great game for us. We wanted to play at a really high tempo and with a lot of energy."
Ashley Adams and Chantel Diaz led the Colts with 13 and 10 points, respectively, and both grabbed eight rebounds.
"Our strength is inside," Gustafson said. "We have to be able to pass to our big girls inside."
The Braves were hurt early when freshman point guard Tatyana Warren got into foul trouble with two quick fouls in the first quarter.
Warren finished with six points, all in the second half.
"Any time you have the person that handles the ball the majority of the time get into some foul trouble, it makes it difficult," Gustafson said. "It makes it easier for the defense to read passes when someone is not comfortable handling the ball."
The Colts defense triggered several fast breaks for easy layups.
"We play our zone," Gustafson said. "We know where we're vulnerable and we try and take those areas away. We just read where they're at on offense."
Colts senior Jill Huntsman hit her sixth consecutive 3-pointer - over a two-game stretch - in the first quarter. Huntsman was 5-for-5 from the 3-point line in a victory over Ganesha on Wednesday night. It was the only 3-pointer of the night for the Colts.
"Jill has shot 61 percent from the 3-point line in the last four games," Gustafson said. "Even if she misses, our big kids get the rebounds."
The much-improved Braves played almost even with the Colts in the third quarter before both coaches cleared their benches.
"My starters settled down in the third quarter," Braves coach Ray Rosso said. "We started doing a better job of passing the ball around and attacking the middle, and we got some nice shots off."
Evelyn Moreno, a four-year varsity player, led the Braves with seven points but had trouble getting the ball on the inside in the first half.
"I thought they saw where the ball was going before my receivers knew where it was coming in," Rosso said. "They're a strong team, playing real well. I think they are going to dominate the rest of the league as far as that goes."
The addition of Warren to a veteran lineup gives the Braves a shot at their first playoff berth in many years.
"We only had two wins at this point last year," Rosso said. "Overall, I'm cautiously optimistic."