Providence girls' basketball team dominates with defense


Providence 64, Glendale Adventist Academy 25: The Pioneers had 34 steals en route to a Liberty League victory at home Wednesday night.

“It's our calling card,” Providence Coach Andrew Bencze said of his team's defense, “make the other team play fast and not have time to make decisions.”

Bea Benedicto logged a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) for Providence, which also had 10 points and seven steals from Estelle Glorioso, nine points from Fabi Jimenez and seven points and eight steals from Katia Dabbaghian.

“Over the last week and a half to two weeks, we've been hitting our stride,” said Bencze, whose team improved to 14-8, 4-0 in league. “We're playing good defense and hopefully peaking in time for the end of league and CIF.”

Burroughs 66, Muir 40: Aysia Shellmire and Sidney Ortega scored 16 points each Wednesday to pace the Indians to a Pacific League victory.

Shellmire also had six rebounds and four blocks, Davina Del Castillo added six rebounds and three steals and Jakarra Waddell contributed seven points, nine rebounds and three steals.

The Indians improved to 21-3, 10-1 in league.

Bellarmine-Jefferson 49, St. Genevieve 47: Despite being outscored, 14-4, in the first quarter, the Guards (11-7, 5-1) battled back and came on in the fourth quarter to win the Santa Cruz League game Tuesday.


Muir 65, Burroughs 52: The Indians fell behind, but cut the deficit to just four in the fourth quarter only to fall Wednesday in a Pacific League game.

Lawrence White had 19 points, Chris Hovasapian had 14 and Kalen Verhoeven chipped in 11 for Burroughs (13-10, 3-8).

Glendale 69, Burbank 68: The Bulldogs couldn’t pull out the Pacific League win Wednesday against the Nitros.

Sarkis Karian led Burbank (13-10, 5-6) with 24 points.


Burroughs 1, Muir 0: Jorman Herrera scored the match’s only goal on a second-half penalty kick to pace the Indians to a Pacific League win Wednesday.

Burroughs goalkeeper Elliot Whitecotton recorded his sixth shutout of the year.

Burroughs is 11-6-2, 8-3 is tied with Crescenta Valley for first place in league.

Glendale 3, Burbank 2: Dennis Palacio and Andre Negrete scored goals Wednesday in the Bulldogs’ Pacific League loss.

Burbank is 3-6-2 in league.


Burroughs 21, Muir 0: The Indians improved to 12-11-1, 9-2 with the Pacific League victory Wednesday.

Burbank 3, Glendale 1: The Bulldogs received goals from Kaitlin Brooks, Maddie Carlborg and Katherine Pimentel in recording Wednesday’s Pacific League victory.

Burbank is 12-8-1, 7-3-1.

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