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Fairfax nearly lost control of the game after Lindsey Drew fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, but was able to hold on to a 67-61 victory over Brentwood Thursday night in the Santa Monica tournament.
Drew’s defensive assignment was to contain Arizona-State signee Tra Holder, and he did just that, locking him down defensively and holding the guard to a miserable one for ten shooting through the first 28 minutes.
Drew finished with 10 points and had two blocks.
Since Holder couldn’t dominate the game from a scoring aspect in the first half, he tried setting up his teammates, but the Eagles were only able to hit the back of the rim for most of the game, which led to a 25-19 halftime deficit.
“That’s what we do is shoot jumpers and if they’re going in we can win a lot of games,” Brentwood head coach Ryan Bailey said.
Palisades’ Jennifer Krems and Venice’s Kristen Shekelle were named the Western League co-Players of the Year by a vote of league coaches.
Krems had a 51 percent kill average while leading led the Dolphins to a the Western League title and the City Division I finals where they lost to Granada Hills in straight sets.
Shekelle, an opposite hitter and setter, led Venice with 403 kills along with 351 assists.
She helped the Gondoliers finish 33-10-1 as they failed to repeat as Division II champs in a heartbreaking loss to Van Nuys in five sets after leading 2-0.
Four Palisades and Venice players earned first team honors, followed by three players from Fairfax.
Westchester is the only school that did not have anyone represented on the first or second team.
A list of All-Western League players is below:
Boys Basketball Roundup: Beverly Hills can not catch up to Serra’s speed at the Westchester Tournament
Beverly Hills had a surprising 29-25 lead on Serra at halftime and pushed the lead to seven in the early moments of the second half.
Then it all went down hill from there.
The Cavaliers sped up the pace of the game and the Normans broke down on both side of the ball in a 66-53 loss in the first round of the Westchester Tournament.
Beverly Hills’ center Ronan Massana had 12 of his 18 points on the first half, but the pace forced them to rely too much on outside shooting and away from their inside presence leading to numerous fast break opportunities for Serra.
Venice may have fell short of winning a city championship, but their performance was good enough to earn quarterback Alexander Diamont and wide receiver/returner DaJuan Parham co-Western League Player of the Year honors by a vote of the conference coaches.
Diamont, a three-year starter, threw for 47 touchdowns and 3,501 yards this season and Parham was dominate on special teams as he returned multiple punts for touchdown against Fairfax and Locke.
Venice players won other award categories as running back Alijah Lee was named Offensive Player of the Year while linebacker Tayon Blockman and Joey Dews were named Defensive Players of the Year.
Palisades’ Nick Lunn is the Offensive Lineman of the Year; University’s Jameel Baker and Anthony Spinner of Hamilton were Defensive Linemen of the Year.
The All-Western League First and Second teams honors are listed below:
Here are the scores from tonight’s football games featuring westside teams.
LA City Section:
Venice 62, Locke 0
Garfield 27, Palisades 20
San Pedro 31, Fairfax 23
The biggest surprise in the City’s Division I playoff bracket was not that Venice failed in their bid to receive the number one seed, but who ended up with it, defending two-time champions Narbonne.
Even though Crenshaw was the top ranked team in the city according to MaxPreps and had the toughest schedule, two of the four main criteria used for seeding, it still was not enough for them to secure the number one seed.
“It is a judgmental decision, not an exact science. The Maxpreps rankings not the end all when it comes seeding. If that were the case there would be no need for a committee,” LA City Section Commissioner John Aguirre said. “If you are going to play tough teams, you have to beat them or be competitive.”
The LA City Division 1 City Section Playoff match-ups. All games will be played at 7 pm.
(16) El Camino Real at (1) Narbonne
(9) South Eat at (8) Birmingham
(12) Palisades Charter at (5) Garfield
(13) Arleta at (4) Carson
(15) Jefferson at (2) Crenshaw
(10) Roosevelt at (7) Dorsey
(11) Fairfax at (6) San Pedro
(14) Locke Charter at (3) Venice