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Guards stumble in own tourney

Jim Riggio

It was Bellarmine-Jefferson High’s home court and its own

tournament, but you would have never known that when the Guards took

on La Canada.

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The visiting Spartans took it to the Guards from the opening tip

Monday and rolled to a 55-43 victory in the third-place game of the

Bell-Jeff Christmas Classic.

The Spartans (10-4) started to get their engine rolling when Robin

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Toyota hit a three-pointer from beyond half court to end the first

quarter and give La Canada a 14-6 lead.

The momentum carried over into the second quarter, as the Spartans

hit their first five shots, three from Toyota -- including two more

three-pointers -- and a basket each from Kim Gilmour and Lindsay

Sherman.

La Canada went up, 26-6, before Bell-Jeff was able to slow the

Spartans.

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After missing its first four shots of the second quarter,

Bell-Jeff hit three in a row, as baskets by Julie Van Dyke, Jennae

Peoples and Kelly Hobbs helped cut the deficit to 27-14.

But whenever Bell-Jeff (9-2) mounted a comeback, La Canada seemed

to have an answer.

Early in the fourth quarter it looked like the Guards were finally

going to come back. Julie Van Dyke’s basket with 6:54 left made it

38-32.

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But Megan McCoy answered with a three-pointer for the Spartans.

Peoples, who led the Guards with 14 points, countered by

completing a three-point play to cut the deficit to six again. But

Gilmour hit yet another three-pointer to counter Bell-Jeff’s

attempted comeback.

“We just ran out of gas. It looked like we didn’t have any legs.

Our intensity level was down,” Bell-Jeff said Coach Bryan Camacho.

“La Canada just shot the lights out in the first half.”

Louisville 53, Burbank 45: In the fifth-place championship of the

Bell-Jeff Christmas Classic Monday, Louisville had to fight off the

Bulldogs for the win.

The Bulldogs rallied to tie the score at 45 in the fourth quarter,

but were outscored, 8-0, to end the contest.

Christine Kepenekian led Burbank (9-5) with 26 points and Roxy

Quintero added nine.

BOX SCORE

La Canada 14 20 4

17 -- 55

Bell-Jeff 6 14 9

14 -- 43

LA CANADA

Gilmour 19, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, Toyota 13 and 8

rebounds, Leyda 6 and 9 rebounds, Futalan 6, McCoy 5, Sherman 2,

Beattie 2, Hurlbutt 1, Arboleda 1.

* Three-pointers: Gilmour 4, Toyota 3, McCoy.

BELL-JEFF

Peoples 14 and 10 rebounds, I. Reyes 6, Hobbs 6, J. Van

Dyke 4, Morgan 4, Napolitano 3, T. Reyes 3, K. Van Dyke 3.

* Three-pointers: I. Reyes, T. Reyes.


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