Ellie Monson returned to the San Marcos lineup and scored 25 points to lead the Royals to a 61-44 girls basketball victory over Buena in a Channel League on Thursday night.

Coach Tiffany Simms said it was the Royals’ first-ever win against Buena.

San Marcos improves to 3-1 in league and 8-5 overall. Buena is 2-2 and 7-7.

“Another game where we let our defense set the tone of the game,” said Simms. “So proud of this team and the way they play. Tonight is the first time in school history that San Marcos has beaten Buena.

“The girls should be very proud of how they played tonight.”

Michelle Arellanes and Mia Martinez-Tomatis each scored 12 points for the Royals.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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