March 19, 2011 |
Alexyz Vaioletama finished with 17 points and six rebounds as Santa Ana Mater Dei (33-1) captured its second consecutive CIF Southern California Division I regional title with a 59-44 victory Saturday over Moreno Valley Canyon Springs (30-4) at USC's Galen Center. The USC-bound forward carried the Monarchs in the first half, scoring 13 points in the opening 16 minutes as Mater Dei extended its unbeaten streak to 25 games. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, the Gatorade national player of the year, scored 13 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter for Mater Dei. "She got real hot in the fourth quarter and willed herself and us ?
November 29, 2010 |
Mater Dei High Coach Kevin Kiernan has one concern heading into the girls' basketball season. Even though he returns almost every player from a team that last season won Southern Section 2A and state championships and was ranked best in the nation, he does have one unusual disadvantage. His players didn't play together much as a team over the summer. That's because three of his starters made the United States under-17 team that won a gold medal in France in July. OK, so maybe that situation doesn't inspire loads of sympathy.
March 5, 2011 |
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 16 points and Jessica Duarte added 12 as Santa Ana Mater Dei won its third consecutive Southern Section championship Friday night with a 63-54 victory over Brea Olinda in the girls' Division 1AA final at the Anaheim Convention Center. The third-seeded Monarchs (29-1) led by as many 15 points early in the second half. "In this day and age, as much basketball as these girls play, it's hard to peak at the right time, but we're playing our best basketball right now," Mater Dei Coach Kevin Kiernan said.
April 5, 2011 |
2011 Times' high school girls' basketball all-star team: Ariya Crook-Williams, Long Beach Poly, 5-7, Sr. — Averaged 11.7 points in helping the Jackrabbits reach the Southern Section Division 1AA quarterfinals. Reshanda Gray, L.A. Washington, 6-3, Sr. — Averaged 19.2 points and 17.1 rebounds to lead her team to the state playoffs and earn a scholarship to California. Justine Hartman, Brea Olinda, 6-2, Sr. — The UCLA-bound center averaged 11.4 points to help the Ladycats reach the Division I regional semifinals.
December 1, 2011 |
Five teams to watch (in no particular order): 1. Santa Ana Mater Dei. The defending state Division I champion may have lost Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to Connecticut, but the Monarchs are still expected to be one of the best teams in the nation. They return USC-bound senior Jordan Adams, a versatile 6-foot-1 point guard, and have added UCLA-bound senior guard Nirra Fields to their roster, though she is currently ineligible pending a hardship waiver from the Southern Section. 2. Los Angeles Windward.
March 1, 2011 |
Brea Olinda and Santa Ana Mater Dei are less than 20 miles apart, but the rivalry between the schools' girls' basketball teams extends nationwide. They're the two top-ranked teams in America, according to ESPN, and after winning their Southern Section Division 1AA semifinals Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center, they will each vie for their third consecutive championship later this week. To get there, top-seeded Brea Olinda defeated fourth-seeded Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, 55-36.