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Palisades’ girls basketball team struggled early last year, but they looked like an entirely different squad by opening their season with a 56-22 victory over Santa Monica in the first round of the Palisades Invitational Tournament on Monday.
The Dolphins began the game with 17 consecutive points until the Vikings finally got the board on a pair of free throws by Carissa Cueva with two seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Palisades’ full court press continued to frustrate Santa Monica the entire night as 13 minutes came off the clock before Erica Tejada made the first field goal for the Vikings. It was one of only two Vikings field goals in the first half as the Dolphins held a 34-8 at the break.
Getting off on the right foot is a big change for Palisades from last season. In 2012, they began the year 4-15 before turning things around in league and were one playoff win away from making the Division I State playoffs.
After keeping everyone in suspense for the last few months, including her own family and teammates, Windward center Kristen Simon made a dramatic announcement early yesterday morning on Instagram when she selected to play college basketball at USC next year.
The move came on the first day that seniors could signing their National Letter of Intent to colleges.
Simon had kept quiet about her debate between Cal and USC before saying she was going to be a Trojan at 9 a.m. along with tweeting a picture with teammate Jordin Canada who will play at UCLA next year.
“USC felt like family. It was a pretty close decision that is why it took so long. There were days I was leaning toward Cal and others it was USC,” Simon said.” [It's an] up and coming program with a lot to prove and want to put them on the map like we did at Windward.”
The move even caught Canada by surprise.
“Personally, I thought she was going to Cal,” Canada said.
Girls Basketball: Video – Windward’s Kristen Simon and Jordin Canada discuss why they picked USC and UCLA
Windward center Kristen Simon talks about why she picked USC over Cal earlier today and point guard Jordin Canada discusses why it won’t be odd to face her teammate at UCLA.
Windward center Kristen Simon has decided to sign with USC, the senior announced on Instagram today.
Simon led the Wildcats to the 2013 CIF-SS IV-A title and advanced to the State Open Division Finals were they suffered their only loss of the year to Bishop O’Dowd.
She averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds last season.
Simon will be reunited with former teammate Courtney Jaco, who is a freshman for the Trojans.
She will sign her letter of intent at a ceremony on campus at noon, along with Jordin Canada who previously selected UCLA.
Girls Basketball: Windward’s Canada and Simon named to Sporting News Magazine’s Preseason All-American team
After leading them to the CIF State Open Division title game, Windward point guard Jordin Canada and center Kristin Simon have been named to Sporting News Magazine’s Preseason All-American team.
Canada, a UCLA commit, earned second-team status after averaging 17 points and seven assists a game last season.
Simon was listed as an Honorable Mention in the West Region and averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds a game for the Wildcats. She has not committed to a school, but is expected to make a decision later this month.
Former St. Bernard guard Chyanne Bulter, a USC commit, was also named Honorable Mention in the West Region.
The 5’9 senior averaged 18 points, four rebounds and three steals last year as the Normans advanced to the second round of the Division 3-AAA playoffs.
She scored a career-high 27 points in a 56-48 home loss to Saugas in December.
Beverly Hills was 17-12 last year.
Anderson is the daughter of former NBA player Kenny Anderson and reality television star Tami Roman.
Former Fairfax assistant Jason Ito was named the new girls basketball head coach at El Segundo earlier this month.
Ito was a member of longtime Lions coach Harvey Kitani staff working as a boys’ varsity assistant and Frosh/Soph coach at Fairfax.
The 29-year-old Ito has been a history teacher at El Segundo since 2009.