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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
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.
The last time Santa Monica and Palisades faced each other it was in an epic overtime thriller in the Division I state playoffs.
This game was just as close with the Vikings hanging on to a 63-55 victory on the first day of the Santa Monica Tournament.
Neither team looked like the squads that made deep runs in the state tournament last year.
Palisades offense seemed disorganized and lacked any ball movement while Santa Monica countered with poor transition defense.
There were nine lead changes in the first half, but a three-pointer by Santa Monica’s Jonah Mathews midway through the second quarter gave the Vikings the 21-19 advantage.
It was a lead they would not surrender.
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.
Girls Volleyball Roundup: Palisades swept in championship game; LACES and Pacifica Christian win titles
Palisades beat Granada Hills in a five-set match early in the year, yet it was a very different team that showed up to Roybal Learning Center for the LA City Section Division I title game.
The Dolphins made numerous unforced errors that the Highlanders were able to take advantage of as Palisades was swept in a 25-21, 26-24, 25-13 loss on Saturday.
Palisades struggled to keep their serve in play throughout the night. They had four serving errors in the first set and three in the second, which was the difference between winning and losing.
Head coach Carlos Gray agreed with the description of his team’s when asked after the match.
“It’s exactly right, that would be the correct assessment of the situation,” Gray said. “Had too many errors. We played with lots of energy, but it is tough for a first-year head coach. I did not want to be the guy that broke the streak, but I am still proud of the team,”
That streak was three straight city titles as Palisades won the Division I title last year and Division II titles in 2010 and 2011. Overall the Dolphins have won 28 city titles in 41 years.
After dropping the first set, the Dolphins trailed 7-3 in the second before rallying back to tie at 22-all on a Jennifer Krems tip.
Palisades’ unforced errors popped back up when Delany Arth had a double touch and a Brittany Schoellkopf spike went long giving Granada Hills two set points. The Dolphins were able to eliminate both of them with Krems’ kill and a rare passing miscue by Granada Hills.
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.”