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No problems for Bell-Jeff

Jim Riggio

There are probably not too many coaches who wouldn’t be happy with

a team that had more steals in the first half than its opponents had



Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball Coach Bryan Camacho

wasn’t complaining after his team came up with 14 first-half steals

Monday night in a Sunshine League win against L.A. Immaculate Heart.

The steals helped the Guards quickly jump out to an early lead in


a 55-30 victory at Bell-Jeff.

“I’m focusing on our defense, and if we do that, then our offense

will take care of itself,” said Camacho, whose team led, 31-12, at


The Guards (13-2, 4-0 in league) hit their first six shots -- two

baskets each by Jannae Peoples and Kelly Hobbs and two three-pointers

by Julie Van Dyke -- to jump out to a 14-0 lead in less than four



Bell-Jeff made eight of 15 shots in the first half.

Immaculate Heart (4-4, 0-3), led by 6-foot-3 center Ashlie

Hallman, managed to cut the deficit to 18-8 at the end of the first


But Bell-Jeff’s full-court press limited the visiting Pandas to

just five shot attempts in the second quarter, none of which were


“We’ve been working on our defensive positioning and


communication,” Camacho said. “We’ve got a big game [in two weeks]

with [L.A.] Marlborough. If we want to win league, and contend for

the CIF title, we have to play tough defense.”

Marlborough -- which will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Bell-Jeff --

features former Burroughs guard -- and UCLA signee Shaina Zaidi -- as

well as 6-3 freshman Abi Olajuwon, the daughter of former NBA star

Hakeem Olajuwon.

Peoples finished with 18 points, five rebounds, five steals and

three assists. Kelly Hobbs had 15 points.


Imm. Heart 8 4 6

12 -- 30

Bell-Jeff 18 13 13

11 -- 55


Hallman 11, Hart 8, Sahabian 4, Lopez 5, Lewe 2.

* Three-pointers: Lopez.


Peoples 18 and 5 steals, Hobbs 15 and 4 steals, Napolitano 7, J. Van Dyke 6, K. Van Dyke 5, I. Reyes 4.

* Three-pointers: Peoples 3, J. Van Dyke 2, K. Van Dyke.