Los Angeles Preps: Quincy Brooks

Palisades survives scare from Monroe

March, 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Palisades girls' basketball team had to fend off a gutsy Monroe team in the final seconds of the CIF City Section Division 2 championship game on Friday night.

Palisades won the game, 53-49, at the Roybal Learning Center to secure its second City Section championship in a row.

But after jumping out to an 18-3, first-quarter lead, Palisades needed to clamp down on defense in the closing seconds of the game.

Monroe cut the Palisades’ lead to two points, 51-49, with 19 seconds to play. Mayo Campo hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to four points before Ayisat Afolabi put back a missed shot to bring Monroe within two.

But that was as close as Monroe would get. Ashlie Bruner made two free throws at the end of the game to give her team a four-point win.

“This is definitely a great step in the right direction for our program,” Palisades coach Torino Johnson said. “Our goal is much bigger than just this game.”

Torino said his girls have a state championship in their sights.

Donae Moguel scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Palisades. Skai Thompson had 11 points and made three 3-pointers.

Afolabi led three players from Monroe in double figures. She scored 18, had 12 rebounds and five assists.

Campo scored 13 points and was 4-for-7 from 3-point territory. Jecenica Trinidad scored 12 points.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Monroe coach Quincy Brooks said. “We’ve always been a team of fight. We never laid down.”

LA North:
Birmingham girls overpower Monroe

March, 6, 2010
LOS ANGELES — Whatever Monroe freshman forward Ayisat Afolabi was doing against Birmingham in the City Section girls Division III xhampionship at Roybal LC, it was working.

But it wasn't working enough. Afolabi had 17 points and nine rebounds to keep her Vikings in the game throughout the Saturday matinee contest, but a consistent three-headed attack from the Patriots gave Birmingham the win, 55-44.

Charnae Thomas, Destiny Melton and Tyra Knox each shot an identical six of nine from the field for the Patriots, combining to score 39 points. The trio also totaled 16 assists, 13 rebounds and six steals.

Birmingham (18-9) had a solid hold on the lead for most of the game, but Monroe was never really out of it until the final buzzer sounded, Patriots coach Hollie Wilson said.

"I can breathe now," Wilson said when the game ended. "I wasn't breathing the whole game."

The Patriots used a stifling defense to limit Monroe's Ani Avaessian to just nine points. The Vikings (23-8) had held their last opponent — Sylmar — to just 15 points on Feb. 25. But their defense wasn't as effective.

"I thought we matched up with them pretty well," Monroe coach Quincy Brooks said. "But our whole thing this whole year has been defense, and we didn't play good enough defense today to get it done."

Wilson called the performance of the frosh Afolabi "incredible," but also said Thomas was equally effective.

The 5-foot-7 guard had 12 assists while playing every second of the game and pushing the ball up and down the court.

"She always runs the floor for us," Wilson said. "The only thing I have with her is sometimes she doesn't shoot enough — sometimes she passes when I want her to shoot."