After a humbling 44-point setback to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in
Monday’s semifinals of the 23rd annual Bellarmine-Jefferson Christmas
Classic, the host Guards rebounded with their usual grit and
determination against La Canada in Tuesday night’s third-place
And their pressure defense and blue-collar offensive efforts paid
dividends in the first half, as they trailed the Spartans by only two
points at halftime.
Unfortunately for Bell-Jeff, La Canada made a few adjustments in
the third quarter, took the Guards out of their game plan, and relied
on the efforts of seniors Sarah Beattie (six points and five
rebounds), Diahnn Futalan (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Kasey
Hurlbutt (16 points and 13 rebounds) to post a 49-36 victory at the
Keating Memorial Gymnasium.
“Our goal was to get the ball out of [Hurlbutt’s] hands because
she’s so effective at making plays, and she’s such a talented
player,” said Guard Coach Bryan Camacho, whose squad (10-2) dropped
its second straight game after a 10-0 start.
“In the third quarter, we kind of got away from our game plan, and
that’s what it came down to.
“I’m happy with the way we bounced back, but it’s a credit to La
Canada because they’re a great team.”
Bell-Jeff closed to within, 25-21, on Kelly Hobbs’ basket with
5:08 left in the third, but the Guards didn’t make a field goal for
almost six minutes, allowing La Canada (10-4) to build its lead to 11
early in the fourth.
Idessa Reyes had 12 points, Andrea Morgan added eight points and
eight rebounds and all-tournament pick Thea Bell tallied three points