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St. Monica trailed by 18 points in the first half but nearly pulled out the comeback in a 52-51 loss to Palos Verdes at the El Segundo Tournament.
The Mariners (3-3) had the ball with 3.8 seconds left, but Spencer Gorman three-point attempt went long.
After scoring 17 points in the first half, St. Monica’s Kavin Dotson and Dennis Ashley got hot in the third quarter as the Mariners score 20 points in the period to cut the Palos Verdes advantage down to three.
St. Monica took a one-point lead with 1:30 remaining, but Palos Verdes made critical free throws down the stretch and Ashley missed the front end of a key one-and-one free throw opportunity.
Poor free throw shooting doomed St. Monica as they were 9-of-20 in the game
Dotson had 19 points and Ashley added 15.
At the University tournament…
University 68, Dorsey 60
Girls Basketball Roundup: St. Monica opens home tourney with victory over Crossroads; Marymount, Venice and Notre Dame Academy all win
Liyah Lewis had 21 points and Gloria Scipioni added 11 as St. Monica won the opening game of their home tournament in a 47-42 victory over Crossroads.
The Mariners had pushed the lead to double-figures midway through the second half before a Crossroads 8-0 closed the
Following a St. Monica timeout, a three-pointer by Gloria Scipioni plus a basket by Katrina Balatico pushed the Mariners lead back to seven and Crossroads never challenged again.
Scipioni had 11 points and Balatico added eight for St Monica.
Kayla Mitchell led Crossroads with 20 points.
Also at the St. Monica tournament…
Marymount 38, Sylmar 37
Beverly Hills will host the 73rd Sax Elliot Invitational Basketball Tournament today through the 14th.
Five westside team will participate start with host Beverly Hills taking on Hamilton at 2 p.m.
Brentwood, Palisades, and Venice are scheduled to take part.
The game for the first two days are below:
Boys Basketball: Westchester No. 1 in westside basketball poll; Fairfax, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Windward round out top five
Westchester’s second-place finish at their home tournament put the Comets on top of our initial westside boys basketball poll.
The Comets have early season wins over Long Beach Poly, Serra and St. John Bosco.
Fairfax’s third-place finish at the Santa Monica tournament earned the Lions the number two spot. Brentwood is third as their only loss on the year was to Fairfax.
The full westside top ten is below:
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:
There are some games you just want to forget. That could easily be how Windward felt after their 80-44 loss to Bishop Montgomery in the quarterfinals of the Westchester Tournament.
The surprising result left Windward head coach Miguel Villegas nearly speechless after the game.
“Not sure there is much to say. Our youth really showed tonight,” Villegas said
Bishop Montgomery did little wrong on either side of the ball and Windward had no answer for the Bishop Montgomery duo of Stephen Thompson and Justin Bibbins.
Stephen Thompson had 25 points and Bibbins had 24 more as the Knights pushed a six point first quarter lead to a 41-23 advantage at halftime.
“They are a good them. That’s a tough one-two punch to face,” Villegas said.
Freshman point guard Jalen Harris had trouble getting the ball inside to Roy Hemsley and in the hands of Roman Davis through the night. The Wildcats managed only to score six field goals in the first half and Davis had only two points in the game before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
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: