The girls’ basketball game between Bellarmine-Jefferson and Crescenta
Valley highs had all the makings of tough inside battle between two
premier post players.
On one side was the Falcons’ 6-foot-1 intimidator Lindsay Myers,
who had knocked around her share of opponents during the 19th annual
Bell-Jeff Summer Hoop Finale.
On the other side was 6-1 Guard center Andrea Morgan, an
up-an-coming force who has spent the summer perfecting her game.
Although Myers played well, Morgan was the player who shined in
Saturday’s fifth-place tournament game, as she led the Guards to a
41-33 win at Bellarmine-Jefferson High.
“I have been working on some of my footwork,” Morgan said. “That’s
what I’ve been trying to improve.
“But what has been big for me is that my confidence has gotten
better. I am getting to the point where I’m believing in myself and
realizing I can do a good job against some of the better players.”
Bell-Jeff Coach Bryan Camacho -- whose team went to the CIF
Southern Section Division IVA final last season -- said he has seen
the improvement in his post player.
“Along with getting better with her moves, Andrea is showing a lot
more heart out there,” Camacho said. “She is also attacking the
“She has the skills, it was just a matter of convincing her that
she can play at a high level. And now she knows that she can.”
Bell-Jeff was able to gain the win without one of its best
players, Julie Van Dyke. The All-Sunshine League player is
concentrating on volleyball during the summer.
In all fairness, CV was without its best athlete, Jeanine Deno,
the 2002-03 Co-Pacific League Most Valuable Player who averaged 22
points and 7.5 rebounds last season. Deno has been sidelined with an
undisclosed medical problem.
The Guards -- who have never won a championship in their own
tournament -- and Camacho are happy to end their event with a win.
However, Bell-Jeff wasn’t in a happy mood when it was trounced on
Thursday by Pasadena Muir, 48-15, in a second-round game.
Led by Idessa Reyes’ 15 points, the Guards rebounded by downing
Woodland Hills Louisville on Friday, 51-40, to set up the game with
“Playing well against a good team like CV is a great way to end
the tournament, and a great way to end the summer,” Camacho said.
“After that terrible loss to Muir, I am really happy with the way
we responded with our last two games. This is the way we wanted to
play, and the way we should be playing.”
In the early moments against the Falcons, Morgan served notice she
was a force to be reckoned with in the middle. On CV’s first shot,
Myers’ attempt was blocked out of bounds by Morgan. Morgan also
tipped CV’s inbounds pass, leading to a turnover.
Twice during the game, Morgan put on nice spin moves against
Myers, going to the basket on points that left the Falcon player
Morgan finished with 17 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Myers scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds and five blocks.
The Guards had the game well in hand for three quarters, until the
Falcons mounted a brief comeback in the fourth.
A basket by Myers with 2:16 left got the Falcons to within three
However, Morgan responded with two baskets in the paint in the
last two minutes to quell the threat.
“It was a matter of us keeping our composure down the stretch,”
Camacho said. “I think we did that [Saturday] and that’s why we were
able to stop them in the fourth quarter.”