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Roy Hemsley had another double-double and four other Windward players scored in double figures to help the Wildcats beat Viewpoint 78-68, on Wednesday night and keep pace with first-place Sierra Canyon in the Alpha League.
Windward struggled throughout as Viewpoint was able to keep pace which the second-place team and keep the score manageable at halftime, 35-22.
“We didn’t play very well,” Windward head coach Miguel Villegas said. “We weren’t doing [anything wrong], they were playing better than us.”
Windward got a scare when Viewpoint (12-11, 1-7 Alpha League) was able to close the lead to 51-47 with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter.
Then the Wildcats finally woke up and started out-rebounding their opponent by using their massive height advantage.
Brentwood did something no westside team has done to Windward’s girls basketball team in while, give them a scare.
The Eagles led late in the first half before the Wildcats recovered for a 66-38 victory to open Alpha League play.
Brentwood held a surprising 14-11 lead after Sammy Schlessel hit back-to-back three-pointers and AJ Simmons made another one before the first quarter horn.
Windward center Kristen Simon was largely ineffective in the first half after picking up two quick fouls minutes into the game.
That left Jordin Canada to take charge of the offense. The senior had a game-high 21 points.
“I’m a point guard and not supposed to be the one scoring the points,” Canada said, “[Windward coach] Vanessa [Nygaard] told me to step up more and attack the basket.’
Roy Hemsley’s grabbed an offensive rebound and was able to get the jumper off before the buzzer in Windward’s 56-55 victory over Brentwood to open Alpha League play.
He finished with 14 points in the game.
It was a highly anticipated battle for first place in the Alpha League, but Windward made quick work of Viewpoint in a three-set sweep (25-17, 26-24, 25-18) at home on Tuesday.
Both teams had entered the contest undefeated in conference play, yet Windward dominated in the confines of Lewis Jackson Memorial Sports Center.
“We expected more of a dog fight. We have a lot of weapons and it is really difficult to stop us on top. [Ruby] Wilks did a great job passing the ball and ran and efficient offense,” Windward head coach Michelle McGuire said.
The weapons McGuire is referring to are senior Asha Walker, along with juniors Christina Cornelius and Tae-Leon Butler, who combined for 35 of the Wildcats’ 40 kills.
Windward School’s Charles Dawson signed to play football at the University of San Diego, he announced earlier today on twitter.
The senior who played at running back and wide receiver scored 12 touchdowns for the Wildcats in their first year of playing 11-man football.
He finished the season with 548 yards on the ground and 303 yards receiving as Windward lost in the first round of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs to San Dimas
Dawson combined for 47 touchdowns during his junior and senior years to help lead Windward to back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-man football titles.
The reason to go with USD was the comfort level with the coaching staff.
“They really made me feel wanted and showed a lot of love throughout the process,” said Dawson.
The University of San Diego football team is a Division I non-scholarship program. The finished the 2012 season co-champions of the Pioneer Football League with an 8-3 record.
It seemed like deja vu for Beverly Hills.
That was the feeling in the Swim Gym when Normans had the ball and trailing by one to Santa Monica.
Unlike their heartbreaking loss earlier this month to the Vikings, this time Brandon Neman made sure that the game would not slip away.
The junior guard’s only shot was a successful three-pointer in the final seconds to give the Normans a stunning 52-50 victory over Santa Monica.
Neman, who hadn’t been played for most of the night, stepped up when it mattered the most.
Trailing by two points with 15 seconds left in the game without Leland King or Tra Holder, Brentwood knew someone had to rise to the occasion.
That person was Ountae Campbell.
Known more for misdirecting shots than making them, Campbell sunk a three-pointer that gave the Eagles the lead and eventually the 51-50 victory over Rolling Hills Prep at the Fairfax State Preview Classic.
“I just kind of kept the ball and it went in,” said Campbell, who had 11 points and three rebounds.
King did not play because of SAT’s and Holder suffered a minor ankle injury that kept him out of play, and no one came up bigger than Campbell in that situation.
Boys Basketball: Brentwood’s King unleashes inner beast in dominating performance over Campbell Hall
Brentwood took a 20-19 lead in the first quarter and never gave it back, as they defeated Campbell Hall 88-69 on Monday night.
The Eagles (16-1, 4-0 Alpha League) had a dominating performance on the glass grabbing 13 offensive rebounds and continuing their winning streak. Leland king had nine of them to go with his season-high 26 rebounds.
“He’s just an animal on the boards, great nose for the ball and feel for the game,” said Brentwood head coach Ryan Bailey. “So if I know two people are there for the rebound and Leland is there, I know he’s coming down with it.”
He showed his animalistic side all game, letting out a roar after every offensive put-back.
Palisades extended their winning streak to five games with a 66-27 road victory over Hamilton in Western League action.
Bianca King led the Dolphins with 24 points and eight rebounds to setup a show down against two undefeated teams in the conference when they travel to Westchester on Monday.
Kylie Bethel had 16 points and freshman Hydeia Duronslet added 10 points along with six steals for Palisades (7-14, 3-0).
In the Ocean League…
Beverly Hills 57, Morningside 27
Pacific Hills knew that three road games to open play in a dangerous Alpha League would be a difficult challenge. Then again, there is a reason why the Bruins are the top ranked team in our westside poll as they grind out a 61-53 victory over Campbell Hall.
Jahmel Taylor was the only scorer from Pacific Hills (13-2, 4-0) to be in double-figures with a game-high 31 points while playing their second consecutive contest without key starter Marcus Jackson.
Aaron Holiday, who scored 40 points in an overtime win versus Providence on Wednesday, was limited to only 19 points for Campbell Hall (11-5, 1-2).
Pacific Hills will host their first league game against Paraclete on Monday.
In the Western League…
Palisades 81, Hamilton 51:
Below are the westside high school boys’ basketball scores for Wednesday, January 9th
Brentwood 71, Sierra Canyon 65
Pacific Hills 71, Windward 68
Camino Real League
St. Paul 47, St. Monica 39
Beverly Hills 64, Hawthorne 56
Jordan Wilson scored 22 points for Windward helping them win their Alpha League opener 90-77 against Campbell Hall Monday night.
The Wildcats took a 42-28 lead into halftime and they continued their assault in the second half as Wilson caught fire hitting three straight three-pointers to extend the Wildcats advantage to 27.
“We came out of the third quarter and just went on a run, we made some shots and went to the basket,” Windward head coach Miguel Villegas said about his team outscoring Campbell Hall 31-18 during the quarter.
Jacob Pollon of the Daily News is reporting that the Alpha League will split its eight football teams into two divisions next year.
Brentwood and Windward will remain in the same division.
The link to the story from the Daily News is below:
Senior guard Jahmel Taylor scored 30 points as Pacific Hills beat Westchester 67-62 in triple overtime at the National Prep Classic in Santa Maria.
This is the second time in consecutive weeks that an Alpha League team as won in triple overtime. Brentwood defeated El Camino Real 78-75 last week at the Santa Monica Tournament.
Pacific Hills will next face Antioch’s Deer Valley at Allan Hancock College.
With a little luck, Windward earned their way into the Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
The Wildcats (5-3) won a coin flip for the final automatic bid in the Alpha League after finishing in a three-way tie for third place with Brentwood and Viewpoint. Windward will travel to face fourth seeded San Dimas.
That flip hurt Brentwood (7-3) who had a higher ranking than both Windward and Viewpoint. However, a 23-19 loss to Viewpoint was the tie-breaker and left the Eagles out of the playoffs. The Mid-Valley Division has only one at-large berth which went to Viewpoint.
Below are the Mid-Valley playoff pairings:
Temple City at Paraclete
Montebello at El Monte
Schurr at San Marino
Windward at San Dimas
Northview at Sierra Canyon
Arroyo at Bell Gardens
Covina at South El Monte
Viewpoint at Monrovia