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Santa Monica Sports Notes

The Santa Monica High boys basketball team defeated Leuzinger, 70-61, as forward Pablo Dresie scored 25. However Samohi then lost to Morningside, which avenged an earlier defeat to the Vikings, 69-62...In the girls game Morningside defeated Santa Monica, 96-64...

The St. Monica High boys basketball team lost a home game to Verbum Dei Wednesday, 70-52. The outcome left Verbum Dei undefeated in the Camino Real League while St. Monica lost its second game, both to the league leaders.

Center Sean Cole had four dunks for the Mariners, who fell behind 24-9, rallied within three points in the second half, then faltered down the stretch.

``Now we're the second place team in our league but we're also ranked No. 2 in CIF Division 4,'' said Coach Scott McDowell. ``Crossroads is ranked first. Verbum Dei, because of smaller enrollment, is in Division 5 where it is ranked No. 1.''

St. Monica came back to defeat Mary Star Friday night, 70-41...

Crossroads defeated Whitney in boys soccer 6-1. In the girls game Crossroads won, 1-0...

St. Monica Girls Avenge Only Defeat in League

By Mitch Chortkoff

The environment was like a playoff game Thursday night at the St. Monica High gym. The girls' basketball team was playing St. Anthony, which defeated them by 10 points in an earlier meeting.

This time St. Monica won, 51-26, and put itself into position to capture the Camino Real League championship. The Mariners have one loss in league play and all other teams have at least two.

However, the final three St. Monica games are on the road.

``We played a smart game,'' said Coach Michelle Rice. ``There were good reasons why we lost the first meeting and good reasons why we won this one.

``In the first meeting (center) Danielle Adefeso had two quick fouls. She scored just two points and we had other foul problems.

``That just wasn't our night. But this time we played much better. We were less conservative.''

With the 6-foot-4 Adefeso dominating play inside the Mariners took a 25-12 halftime lead and expanded it to 39-18 after three quarters. Unable to do much inside the visitors cast off from outside without much success.

Adefeso, who has signed to play at Arizona next season, had plenty of help. Heather Holguin was all over the court hounding the opponent and sophomore point guard Martha Orozco ran the offense well.

Before the game all seniors were introduced. It was the Mariner' last regular season home game and an opportunity to thank the players who had been in the program the longest.

But the team has plenty of talent among younger players too. With a 16-6 record it is getting ready for the CIF playoffs.

``Danielle is having a great year but we have balance on this team,'' said Rice. ``One reason she is successful is the play of the people around her. We have outside shooting threats. Rarely does Danielle have to create her own shots. She can stay around the basket, rebound and shoot.''

Adefeso is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds. Holguin is averaging 10 points and three assists. Celeste Shelby averaged 8.5 ppg and 5.5 rebounds.

The Mariners went 22-5 last season and won the league championship with an 11-1 record.

``I would like to see us do better in maintaining our intensity and capitalizing on our strengths,'' said Rice. ``One of the big things for us is intensity.''

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