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Saturday, Jan. 31
Long Beach Poly 52, Narbonne 44
For years, Long Beach Poly has been in the shadow of Harbor City Narbonne and Lynwood.
The Jackrabbits were always good, but to gain recognition as one of the elite programs in the state, they needed to get over the hump against teams that have set the standard for Southland dominance.
They did that Saturday, as senior guard Judith Smith led a fourth-quarter stand that gave Poly a 52-44 victory over Narbonne in an intersectional game at Long Beach Poly.
"There's no doubt that you have to beat the Narbonnes and Lynwoods," said Carl Buggs, Poly's coach. "We tried to downplay the game, but we know they're Narbonne."
Poly (18-1), ranked second in the Southland by The Times and as high as No. 4 nationally, held off the No. 16 Gauchos (11-8), who began the season ranked second by The Times, but fell when point guard Camille LeNoir injured her ankle.
LeNoir, who missed 10 games - including five Narbonne losses - was back in the lineup against the Jackrabbits and made a 15-foot jump shot that tied the score at 42-42 with 2 minutes 7 seconds left, but Smith drove the floor and answered 14 seconds later to squash any momentum.
Smith scored 27 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and she had eight of Poly's 10 points after LeNoir's game-tying basket. Narbonne had come back from a 41-33 deficit.
"Judith didn't have a particularly good all-around game, but she made plays down stretch," Buggs said. "And that's what good players do."
LeNoir finished with nine points, but was obviously rusty in her first week back. Monique Alexander added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Gauchos.
April Phillips, who transferred from Narbonne to Poly, had six points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Friday, Jan. 30
Crenshaw 83, Locke 19
Lynea Williams had 23 points and 10 rebounds for host Crenshaw (20-1, 6-0), which led 38-9 at halftime on the way to its 19th consecutive win. Locke is 3-9, 1-5.
Dorsey 59, Jefferson 56 (OT)
Erica Inge had 17 points to lead host Dorsey (4-2 in league). Senior Tena Flores had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists to lead visiting Jefferson (10-7, 2-4). Flores is averaging 22 points per game. Julie Legardye had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Jefferson.
Fremont 54, Manual Arts 41
Adriana Tovilin had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Karen Edwards added 10 rebounds for host Fremont (10-4, 6-1).
L.A. Jordan 59, South Gate 49
Leora Kirk had 20 points, six assists and five steals and freshman Arielle McClellan had 20 points for host L.A. Jordan (15-3, 6-0). South Gate is 3-3 in league.
Roosevelt 61, Bell 19
Yadira Ibarra and Maria Esqueda each had 10 points and Eva Hernandez added seven points, six steals and six assists to lead host Roosevelt (16-5, 5-1).
Carson 60, Washington 28
Sophia Lenard had 17 points, eight steals, seven rebounds and five assists and Tanecia Harvey had 15 rebounds, six steals, three assists and block and Danielle Watson had 13 rebounds, six steals and an assist to lead host Carson (12-5, 5-1). Washington is 1-5 in league.
Narbonne 78, Gardena 42
Sherriel Boyd had 24 points and Morghan Medlock finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Narbonne (11-7, 6-0).
Eagle Rock 47, Lincoln 42
Kurra Frazier-Curtis scored 28 points and Brenna Cheyney had 11 rebounds for Eagle Rock (4-8, 3-5), which led 22-14 at halftime. Kiara Jones scored 15 points and Tina Dea added 14 points for host Lincoln.
SUNSET SIX LEAGUE
Canoga Park 62, Sun Valley Poly 46
Alishia Barfield scored 30 points to lead host Canoga Park (7-13, 3-3).
Grant 73, Verdugo Hills 31
Mallory Flot had 14 points and four assists for host Grant (6-7, 5-1).
North Hollywood 58, Hollywood 53
Marsha Clever and Lauren Trenor each had 15 points for host North Hollywood (5-11, 4-2).
VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE
Monroe 71, Granada Hills Kennedy 33
Ashley Cravens had 14 points and 13 rebounds for visiting Monroe (13-4, 5-1).
Reseda 64, San Fernando 42
Loydi Aleman had 18 points and 10 assists for host Reseda (10-4, 4-2).
Sylmar 101, Van Nuys 19
La Shay Fears had 24 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Seyram Gbewonyo added 19 points, 17 rebounds and seven steals to lead host Sylmar (11-6, 6-0). Van Nuys is 3-13, 2-4 in league.
WEST VALLEY LEAGUE
El Camino Real 85, Cleveland 55
Krista Garmyn had 15 points for host El Camino Real (14-5, 5-1). Bryanna Williams had 22 points for Cleveland (2-17, 0-6).
Taft 39, Granada Hills 36
Fairfax 61, Palisades 34
Senior center Chari Smith had 16 points and 18 rebounds for host Fairfax (17-3, 6-0), which led 30-15 at halftime. Megan Coulter scored 16 points for Palisades.
Venice 38, L.A. Hamilton 27
Venice is 10-11, 2-4. L.A. Hamilton is 1-5 in league.
Thursday, Jan. 29
King-Drew 53, Middle College 23
Ashley Moody had 10 points and six steals to lead host King-Drew (14-2, 7-0). Middle College is 4-4 in league.
Bravo 97, Downtown Magnets 30
Jolene Quinons scored 20 points and Tika Ellis added 17 points to lead host Bravo (9-3, 6-0). Downtown Magnets drops to 0-6 in league.
Sherman Oaks CES 29, USC-MaST 25
Ennisha Kyles had 18 points and 26 rebounds for host USC-MaST (4-5, 3-3).
Los Angeles 61, Belmont 18
Deshawna Banks had 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals to lead host Los Angeles (18-4, 8-0). Jessica Torres added 20 points, seven rebounds and five steals for the Romans.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
Crenshaw 84, Manual Arts 31
Krystle Adams of Crenshaw (19-1, 5-0) had 22 points, five steals and four assists against Manual Arts.
Jefferson 55, Locke 46
Senior guard Tena Flores had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Julie Legardier added 11 points and 14 rebounds for host Jefferson (10-6, 2-3). Locke is 1-4 in league.
L.A. Jordan 71, Huntington Park 20
Keisha Davis had 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals and Ariellle McClellan and Olivia Pinkney each scored 13 to lead host L.A. Jordan (14-3, 5-0), which is in first place in league standings. Huntington Park is 0-5 in league.
Roosevelt 58, Garfield 43
Maria Esqueda tallied 14 points and four steals, Eva Hernandez added 11 points and fives steals and Yadira Ibarra had 11 points and four steals for host Roosevelt (15-5, 4-1). Garfield is 3-2 in league.
South Gate 45, Bell 33
Amelia Perez scored 16 points for South Gate (2-3 in league). Shannon Aburto scored nine points for host Bell (2-13, 1-4).
Carson 47, San Pedro 12
Tenacia Harvey had 16 points to lead host Carson (11-5, 4-1). San Pedro is 4-13, and 0-4 in league
Narbonne 65, Washington 29
Monique Alexander scored 14 points for visiting No. 13 Narbonne (10-7, 5-0), which led, 32-11, at halftime.
L.A. Wilson 46 Eagle Rock 35
Maritza Rios had 16 points and Natalia Cuevas added 13 points to lead Wilson. Latonya Blake and Mritza Rios each had nine rebounds and Denise Meda chipped in with seven assists and seven steals for Wilson.
Los Angeles 66, L.A. Marshall 30
Deshawna Banks had 23 points, five assists and four steals and Jessica Torres added 12 points and seven steals to lead host Los Angeles (17-4, 7-0).
Franklin 55, Lincoln 30
SUNSET SIX LEAGUE
Grant 59, North Hollywood 42
Grant improves to 4-1 in league. Host North Hollywood drops to 4-11, 3-2.
Hollywood 57, Canoga Park 45
Gynisha Gilpen had 29 points to lead visiting Hollywood (5-0 in league) over Canoga Park (6-13, 2-3).
VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE
Monroe 73, Van Nuys 30
Ashley Cravens had 16 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters to lead host Monroe (12-4, 4-1) over Van Nuys (2-3 in league).
Sylmar 74, Reseda 42
La Shay Fears had 23 points and seven steals for Sylmar (10-6, 5-0) at Reseda (9-4, 3-2).
WEST VALLEY LEAGUE
El Camino Real 59, Taft 25
Jennifer McClean had 14 points for visiting El Camino Real (13-5, 4-1).
Fairfax 41, Westchester 35
Chari Smith and Brittany Henderson each scored 15 points for host Fairfax (16-3, 5-0), which moved into sole possession of first place in league. The Lions outscored defending league champion Westchester (8-6, 4-1), 10-0, in the final three minutes.
L.A. Hamilton 48, L.A. University 42
Rachel DeFrance scored 16 points to lead Hamilton (10-10, 1-4). Randelina Robinson scored 15 points for University (1-4 in league).
Tuesday, Jan. 27
King-Drew 81, Foshay 29
Ashley Moody had 16 points, five assists and six steals and Tenaya Watson tallied 13 points, six rebounds and three steals for visiting King-Drew (13-2, 6-0).
Middle College 37, Elizabeth 33
Vanessa Ynestorva scored 30 points for host Middle College (4-4, 4-3).
Bravo 54, Sherman Oaks CES 36
Tika Ellis had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for host Bravo (8-3, 5-0), which tallied 18 steals in the game. Sherman Oaks CES is 2-3 in league.
USC-MaSt 64, Downtown Magnets34
Ennisha Kyles had 37 points and 23 rebounds to lead visiting USC-MaST (4-4, 3-2).
Monday, Jan. 26
Bravo 100, Downtown Magnets 20
Jolene Quinones had 25 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals to lead visiting Bravo (8-3, 4-0). Tika Ellis had 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, and her twin sister Chika Ellis added 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocks. Downtown Magnets is 0-3 in league.