Gupilans Lead Bell-Jeff to Title!

March 20, 2009 by  

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Bellarmine-Jefferson 54, Pinewood 47. Shelley Gupilan scored 22 points as Bellarmine-Jefferson of Burbank completed a near-perfect season with an 54-47 win over Pinewood of Los Altos Hills in the Div. V girls’ state championship at Arco Arena on Friday.

Gupilan’s cousin Margeaux added 13 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the first that extended Bell-Jeff’s lead to 31-20 at the break.

Though Pinewood rallied in the fourth quarter, the final margin was the closest the Panthers could get.

Lindsay Nickel scored 16 points for Pinewood (31-5) and Hailie Eackles had 15 to go along with 10 rebounds.

The Panthers have won three previous state championships — 1999, 2005 and 2006 — but could never get comfortable against Bell-Jeff’s full-court pressure.

Pinewood turned the ball over 22 times and shot just 28 percent and made only 6 of 28 three-pointers.

The Guards’ only loss of their 34-1 season was to Montclair Prep on Dec. 30, by a score of 63-62, and they finished the season on a 20-game winning streak.

By Gene Warnick – Daily News

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2 Responses to “Gupilans Lead Bell-Jeff to Title!”

  1. admin on March 20th, 2009 10:56 pm

    Bell-Jeff Wins!!! Bell-Jeff Wins!!!

    Congratulations Ladies You Did It! Let’s do it again next year!

    Go Guards!


  2. Joey Lallos on March 20th, 2009 11:05 pm

    Wow! I am amazed! Congrats to you all, you all played great.

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