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St. Monica girls basketball head coach John Skinner resigned yesterday.
He led the Mariners to its first CIF-Southern Section title in school history when they defeated Camino Real League-rival St. Paul 46-45 for the 4-A championship.
St. Monica advanced to the state playoffs where they were knocked out by St. Bernard in the Division 4 SoCal Regional Semifinals.
Skinner was 59-34 in his three years at St. Monica, making the playoffs in each season.
Windward girls basketball head coach Vanessa Nygaard has been named a court coach for the USA Basketball Women’s Under 16 National Team Trials.
The trials will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from May 23-27. Nygaard had previously played for USA Basketball in the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival, helping the West Team to a 2-2 record and a silver medal.
Former St. Bernard point guard Chyanne Bulter has verbally committed to play at USC. The junior helped lead the Vikings to the State Division 4 Regional Finals this season and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 4 team.
Butler transfer to Serra in the spring after St. Bernard fired head coach Bo Corona.
She averaged more than 20 points and five assists a game this season.
St. Monica guard Briana Harris has signed to play basketball at the University of Hawaii according to the head coach John Skinner.
Harris help lead the Mariners to the Southern Section 4-A title, the first in school history, when they defeated Camino Real League rival St. Paul 46-45. The senior was named the CIF-SS 4-A MVP after averaging 23.8 points and just under nine rebounds a game this season.
“Some PAC-12 teams were showing a strong interest late but she really felt comfortable with coach [Laura] Beeman and what Hawaii offered,” said Skinner.
Harris leaves St. Monica has the school’s all-time leading scorer in just two seasons of varsity play.
She will be joined in the Big West with teammate Melissa Maragnes who previously signed with UC Santa Barbara.
Jackson State (MS) was another school under consideration.
Normally taking a team on the brink of the state championship game gets you praise and support.
For St. Bernard’s Bo Corona, that earned him a pink slip as the school decided to part ways with their head coach.
Corona had rebuild the Vikings’ girls basketball squad during his tenure including finishing second in the competitive Del Rey League this season and advanced to the Southern California Division IV Regional Finals before losing to conference rival Serra. The Vikings also played in the Division V state title game in 2011.
It is not the first time that the Playa Del Rey campus has created surprising news with their athletic program this year. The school discontinued its varsity football team just weeks before the season was about to start, changed their boys basketball coach during league play along with its current search for a girls volleyball coach.
St. Monica knew in order to continue their historic run in the state basketball playoffs, they would have to contain St. Bernard’s star guard Chyanne Butler and stay out of early foul trouble.
Neither one of those things happened.
The Mariners had four players with four fouls by halftime and Butler scored a game-high 29 points as St. Monica’s season ended with a 75-52 home loss in the Division 4 Regional Semifinals.
St. Monica trailed by only a single point late in the first quarter, then gave up an unusual five-point play that broke the game wide open.
Butler was fouled during her successful layup, and teammate Lajahna Drummer went to the line after she was fouled on the tip-in of Butler’s missed free throw. Drummer made her attempt from the charity strip to start a St. Bernard 25-1 run as the Vikings led by 26 at halftime.
The frustration of watching their season come to an end took its toll on St. Monica (28-7) as three technical fouls were issued in the second quarter, including one on head coach John Skinner.
Bianca King had 16 points along with seven rebounds and Kylie Bethel added 13 points as Palisades defeated No. 2 seed Carson 51-46 in the LA City Division I State Play-In Game.
The Dolphins, seeded sixth, will qualify for the state playoffs if the winner of the City Championship game between Fairfax and Narbonne is picked to play in the Open Division.
Haley Hutt grabbed 10 rebounds and Kylie Mizushima had seven assists for Palisades (15-20).
Freshman Hydeia Duroselt finished with eight points and five rebounds.