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Littlerock Rolls Past Highland Girls, 40-32

January 09, 1998

Palmdale High may be the three-time defending Golden League girls' basketball champion, but Littlerock and Highland have had their eyes on the crown.

Littlerock beat Highland, 40-32, on Thursday night in a game that may have given the Lobos an inside track as the top challenger to Palmdale's title.

"It was a huge game for us and it puts us in a pretty good spot," said Littlerock Coach Tom Hegre, whose team meets Palmdale on Jan. 20.

Palmdale has a 31-game league winning streak.

"But it's still wide open," Hegre said. "I wouldn't count anybody out at this point."

Littlerock (8-7, 2-0 in league play) used a suffocating defense and balanced scoring to take a 28-8 halftime lead.

Senior Leah Campbell sparked a defense that limited Tiffany Winkfield to 11 points and Kameelah Purdom to 10.

Highland is 10-4, 1-1.

Sophomore Lizette Rams scored nine points and Kristel Jones added eight points for Littlerock.

Royal 66, Newbury Park 52--Alicia Weber made five three-pointers and finished with 26 points and six assists for the Highlanders, ranked third in the region by The Times, in a Marmonte League game at Royal.

Jessica Sanders added 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Highlanders (15-1, 4-0), who won their 15th consecutive game.

Oli Keohohou had 13 points for Newbury Park (6-7, 2-2).

Harvard-Westlake 67, Notre Dame 34--Rolake Bamgbose had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Omelogo Udeze added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (14-4, 2-0) in a Mission League game in Studio City.

Corrie Roberts had 14 points, while Erin Stepheson came off the bench to collect six points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots for Harvard-Westlake.

Alemany 75, Chaminade 35--Kate Beckler and Karina Siam each scored 16 points, and Kelli Kobayashi added 13 points for the Indians (11-4, 2-0) in a Mission League game at Chaminade.

Leslie Ciriaco scored 11 points for the Eagles (5-12, 0-2).

Buena 50, Santa Barbara 45--Renae Hofmann had 16 points, and Kelly Greathouse added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (11-1, 3-0), who won their 47th consecutive Channel League game.

Ventura 71, San Marcos 30--Kristine Gleisberg had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex Gientke added 17 points for the Cougars (7-4, 2-1) in a Channel League game at Ventura.

Fillmore 55, Villanova Prep 26--Cali Venegas scored 14 points and Rebecca Enriquez added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Flashes at Fillmore.

Melanie Schrock and Esther Gurrola each scored 10 points for Fillmore (8-5).

BOYS

Newbury Park 67, Royal 49--The Panthers outscored the Highlanders, 25-5, in the first quarter of a Marmonte League game at Royal. Brian Bobik scored 17 points for Newbury Park (12-4, 3-0), while Daniel Bobik had 14.

Cam Dickson had 14 points for Royal (5-10, 1-2).

Granada Hills 81, Van Nuys 63--Stacy Witherill scored 18 points for the Highlanders (6-7), who took a 52-30 halftime lead at Van Nuys.

Jason Jones scored 14 points for the Wolves (1-12), while Abe Morabbi had 12 points and Jesse Keane added 11.

Sylmar 69, Memorial 40--Brandon Jacobs scored 20 points for the Spartans (7-5) in a first-round game in the Washington Union tournament in Fresno.

Faith Baptist 78, Bethel Christian 72--Leslie Sarmiento scored 24 points and Tim Greer added 18 points and six assists for the Contenders (4-7) at Bethel Christian.

Vasquez 75, Antelope Valley Christian 57--J.R. Faquir scored 22 points and Nick Gray contributed 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Vasquez (2-7) at Antelope Valley Christian (4-5).

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