Los Angeles Preps: Kelsey Haines
February, 29, 2012
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
ANAHEIM -- Like at many schools across the Southland, tradition is of utmost importance at Bishop Amat. The San Gabriel Valley, it seems, counts on Amat to add to its loaded trophy case year in and year out.
They'll have to make room in the display case once more.
Amat built onto its illustrious history Wednesday afternoon, beating top-seeded Oak Park, 44-30, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A girls' basketball title game at the Anaheim Convention Center. It was the Lancers' first section championship since 2006 but its fourth since the turn of the century.
"We have a pretty strong tradition," Amat coach Richard Wiard said. "The expectations are always there. The only way you meet expectations is with hard work."
Amat (21-11) blitzed the bracket's top-seeded team, holding Oak Park to only eight points in the second and third quarters combined. Sophomore Paulina Santana had 14 points and Dagmar Ramirez had 10 to lead the Lancers.
"They pleasantly surprised us," said Oak Park coach Kenny Golub, whose team made its first finals appearance since 2011. "Their defense was definitely a little bit more tenacious than ours."
The Oak Park Eagles (21-9) trailed by five after the first quarter, but were held to only three points in the second and five in the third. That added up to a insurmountable deficit. Only three players scored for Oak Park: Kelsey Haines (20), Sarah Bucknovitz (seven) and Courtney Wing (three).
"I still believe they should have been the top seed," Golub said of Amat. "They were the most athletic team we've played all year. They were a step quicker. We had our hands full."
The Lancers held the Eagles to 24-percent shooting and, although they were out-rebounded, controlled the pace. Ramirez had a crucial steal-and-score late in the third quarter that sparked an 8-0 run. Amat, which played one of the most difficult regular-season schedules around, was undersized but it mattered little.
"Our difficult schedule helped us prepare," Wiard said.
And Amat, once again, met its lofty expectations.
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.
December, 12, 2011
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
- The Oak Park and St. Bonaventure girls basketball teams played a game for the ages in the Bishop Diego Tournament. Oak Park won the tournament beating St. Bonaventure, 98-90 in five overtimes, in the championship game. The game was the longest in Southern Section history. The two teams combined to score the third-most points in state history. Oak Park’s Leah Greenberg hit a 3-pointer to tie the score with 14 seconds left in regulation and send the game into overtime. Oak Park held St. Bonaventure scoreless in the fifth overtime period to eventually win the game. Greenberg hit five 3-pointers in the game and scored 19 points. She earned the tournament MVP award. Teammate Kelsey Haines scored 28 points and was selected to the all-tournament team. Sarah Buchnovitz scored 25 points, had 13 rebounds and five blocks against St. Bonaventure.
- The Crespi boys basketball team won the Canyon Classic Tournament, defeating host Canyon, 57-40, in the championship game. London Perrantes earned tournament MVP for Crespi. He scored 11 points in the game against Canyon. Perrantes is averaging 12.4 points and 6.2 assists per game in the first five games of the season. Crespi takes its undefeated record to the San Fernando Valley Invitational starting on Friday.
- The Sherman Oaks of Notre Dame boys basketball team won the Moorpark Tournament and handed Oaks Christian its first loss of the season. Kennedy Edwards scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Notre Dame in his team’s 62-58 win over Oaks Christian in the championship game. Edwards earned tournament MVP honors. Teammate Jonathan Bell scored 15 points and had seven rebounds for Notre Dame and was selected to the all-tournament team. Notre Dame is also headed to the San Fernando Valley Invitational.
- Buckley of Sherman Oaks won the University’s Jim Nakabara Tournament and has a six-game winning streak to open the season. Buckley beat host University, 41-38, in the championship game. Tyler Coppin-Carter, the tournament MVP, recorded four double-doubles in the tournament including 20 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in the tournament. Buckley will be challenged in its next game against Price on Tuesday night. Price reached the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs and lost to La Canada last year.
- The Village Christian boys basketball team won the Viewpoint Tournament beating Viewpoint, 70-41, in the championship game. A pair of transfers are paying early dividends for Village Christian. Bryan Alberts scored 17 points and had seven assists against Viewpoint and earned tournament MVP. Marsalis Johnson, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored 25 points and had nine rebounds for Village Christian. Village Christian has a six-game winning and plays Santa Clarita Christian tonight.
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