Los Angeles Preps: Ariya Crook-Williams

LA North, OC: Brea beats Long Beach Poly in early national showdown

December, 6, 2010
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The Ladycat Classic is often one of the most challenging girls' basketball tournaments of the month, and several teams stay away from it because it's too tough too soon in the season. Nobody wants to get off to a bad start in the first week.

There was no chance of that between Brea Olinda and Long Beach Poly. The two powerhouses held form and reached the 31st annual final, where Brea rallied for a 60-53 victory.

Brea (3-0) came into the game ranked No. 2 in the ESPN Fab 50, and Poly (2-1) was ranked No. 12. Then they provided the national-caliber drama.

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Orange County, LA South: Brea and Long Beach Poly matched in Ladycat final

December, 3, 2010
12/03/10
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One of the outstanding girls basketball tournaments of the season begins the first week of the season, and it has produced a scintillating championship game scheduled for Saturday.

The Ladycat Classic will feature the host team Brea Olinda -- No. 2 in the ESPN Fab 50 preseason ranking -- will take on No. 12 Long Beach Poly.

Brea advanced to the finals with a 77-43 victory over Summit in the semifinals as Jeanier Olukemi scored 23 points. Poly did the same with a 68-36 victory over Troy behind Ariya Crook-Williams' 14 points.

As good as those programs are and as high as they are ranked, they are still behind one other local team: Mater Dei, led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Jordan Adams, is No. 1.

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