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.
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
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
La Canada went up, 26-6, before Bell-Jeff was able to slow the
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
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
“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.
La Canada 14 20 4
17 -- 55
Bell-Jeff 6 14 9
14 -- 43
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.
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.