There is good news for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’
Although it lost to L.A. Marlborough School on Saturday night,
55-45, the Guards still have a chance to win the Sunshine League
“We still have an opportunity Saturday night,” Bell-Jeff Coach
Bryan Camacho said of the Guards’ next encounter with the Mustangs.
“We can learn from this and come back next Saturday night.”
Marlborough (11-4, 3-1 in league) forfeited a league win to L.A.
Marymount when it used a junior varsity player in both junior varsity
and varsity contests on the same day, a violation of CIF Southern
The third-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division IVAA had
trouble with the Guards (14-3, 5-1) early on, as Bell-Jeff led, 7-6,
at the end of the first quarter.
But Marlborough came back, led by its leader -- senior Shaina
Zaidi -- who played her freshman year at Burroughs High and has
signed with UCLA.
Zaidi, who scored just two points in the first quarter, scored
nine in the second, as the Mustangs turned things around to lead,
24-14, at halftime.
Bell-Jeff made just one of seven field goals in the second
The Guards fought back in the third quarter, and made things
interesting, cutting the lead to five points.
Zaidi’s three-pointer with two seconds left in the third was a key
play, as it pushed Marlborough back to a 10-point lead going into the
But the Guards did not back down.
Andrea Morgan’s basket with 4:29 left cut the Mustangs’ lead to
However, Bell-Jeff could climb all the way back, even though it
had a chance to tie the game with 3:50 left when Kelly Hobbs missed a
pair of free throws.
Marlborough’s Kerry Madison’s jumper with 2:27 left make it 47-43,
as the Mustangs went more than four-and-a-half minutes without
In the final minutes, Zaidi’s shooting, along with the rebounding
of center Abi Olajuwon (10 rebounds) proved to be too much for the
“They brought everything we wanted,” Marlborough Coach George
Quintero said. “In our league, you’re not getting the close games, so
to come here, this is what it’s all about. It’s great to have
Bell-Jeff in our league. Coach Camacho has great kids and a great
Marlborough 6 18 19
12 -- 55
Bell-Jeff 7 7 19
12 -- 45
Zaidi 24, Tay 17, Murrow 4, Madison 2, Olajuwon 6 and 10
rebounds, Amon 2.
* Three-pointers: Zaidi.
Peoples 12, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, J. Van Dyke 10,
Morgan 8, Hobbs 6, Coronado 2, Napolitano 7.
* Three-pointers: J. Van Dyke 2.