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WINTER SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS : Grant Girls, Down to Three Players, Lose to Birmingham, 76-48

January 17, 1987

Reduced to just three players, the Grant High girls basketball team was defeated by Birmingham, 76-48, Friday night in a West Valley League game at Birmingham High. Grant's seven-player roster dwindled in the fourth quarter when Marissa Benetua, Kecia Edwards and Christa Smith fouled out and Alicia Horace was ejected for pushing.

Birmingham's Tenita Bennett also was ejected and four of her teammates each played with four fouls.

Birmingham (9-4, 2-1) led by two at halftime, 27-25, and went ahead by 15 midway through the third quarter when the Braves outscored Grant, 25-15.

Grant played the final four minutes of the game with sophomores Erika Sato, Cathy Franks and Melissa Sullivan. It was Sullivan's first varsity game.

Grant Coach Susan Sweet said Birmingham stationed a player near its own basket in the fourth quarter, ensuring easy scoring opportunities.

"They left their starters in when we only had three players and they were cherry-picking," Sweet said. "And they were ahead by 25 points. The game seemed like it lasted forever."

Birmingham Coach William Coates said his team scored on at least six fast-break baskets in the final quarter. Four Birmingham players scored in double figures: Shagarro Lattin, 22; Amy Rubenroit, 18; Gloria Cannon, 12; and Alex Marrodan 10. Grant (1-5, 0-3) was led by Smith and Benetua, who each scored 16 points. GIRLS BASKETBALL

North Hollywood 47, Taft 44--With the score tied at 36 and three minutes remaining in the game, North Hollywood scored three unanswered baskets to take the lead for good in the West Valley League game. Debbie Herz and Sandrine Rocher each scored 18 points for North Hollywood (8-2, 3-0).

Cleveland 40, El Camino Real 36--Denice Lyke scored 10 points and Nicole Hanchett had 12 rebounds for Cleveland (3-4, 2-1). Kerri Marshall led El Camino Real with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

San Fernando 39, Poly 8--Tonetta Cooper and Blanca Del Toro each scored eight points for San Fernando (3-4, 3-0) in the Pac 6 League game at San Fernando.

Monroe 57, Verdugo Hills 20--Annette Robinson scored a game-high 27 points for Monroe in the Pac 6 League game at Monroe (3-3, 3-0). Teammate Sonya Boozer added 10 points. Verdugo Hills is 0-3 and 0-7.

Providence 50, Buckley 44--Senior center Ann Yusko scored a game-high 24 points as Providence rallied from a 31-21 halftime deficit to beat Buckley in the Delphic League game. Mary Alafetich scored 8 of her 12 points in the second half. Junior forward Laura Kirkpatrick had 23 points for Buckley (3-8, 2-3).

Reseda 47, Canoga Park 40--Dana Jones and Angie Smith each scored 12 points to lead Reseda to the West Valley League victory. Cheryl Hightower added 10 points for Reseda (6-1, 2-1). Smith had 14 rebounds and Aggie Garcia had 12 rebounds for Reseda. Canoga Park (0-3) was led by Julie Burmester, Caryl Lee and Roz Linton, who each scored 11 points.

First Lutheran 64, Holy Martyrs 57--Jenny Nelson scored 29 points to keep First Lutheran (9-0) undefeated. Holy Martyrs (8-2, 2-1 in Liberty League) was led by Ayline Amirayan, who scored 32 points.

Newbury Park 57, Westlake 32--Julia Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Amy Tellesen had 10 points for Newbury Park (10-6, 5-1) in the Marmonte League game. Erica Brycie had 15 points and Casey Salmina 10 for Westlake.

Burbank 58, Schurr 43--Christine Rumfola had 22 points and 19 rebounds and teammate Christy Calderon had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Burbank (9-5, 2-1). BOYS BASKETBALL

Simi Valley 76, Channel Islands 54--Simi Valley (17-1, 5-0) easily won the Marmonte League game as both Shawn DeLaittre and Don MacLean had 19 points. MacLean added 13 rebounds. Victor Caro and Gerald Boyd had 12 points each for Channel Islands (1-3 league).

Westlake 78, Newbury Park 61--Paul Kennan had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Westlake in the Marmonte League game at Newbury Park. Dave Pepsin led Newbury Park with 29 points and 15 rebounds.

Camarillo 45, Royal 41--Royal (0-13) led briefly in the fourth quarter but let Camarillo (2-12) force an overtime. Chris Sorich scored 19 points, including two of his team's five in the overtime for Camarillo. Royal's Roger Greene had 12 points in the Marmonte League game.

Hart 72, Alhambra 52--Hart shot 63% to win the Foothill League game. Steve Valenzuala had 18 points and Eric Arnold had 15. Hart (9-7, 3-0) had five players with five rebounds each. Loren Corradi had 17 points for Alhambra (12-5, 1-2).

Fairfax 86, Reseda 54--Fairfax had an 18 point-lead after the first quarter, then coasted. Chris Mills had 26 points, J.D. Green added 23, and Sean Higgins scored 22 points for Fairfax (6-0 in Valley League). Reseda (4-8, 0-5) was led by Steven Field's 13 points and Robert Stepner's 13 rebounds.

Granada Hills 56, Chatsworth 45--Todd Lytle scored 16 points and Sam Puathasnanon had 13 for Granada Hills in the West Valley League game at Chatsworth. For Chatsworth (4-7, 0-3), Kendell McDaniel scored 17 points.

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