Harvard-Westalke Wins Early Battle With Bell-Jeff!

December 22, 2009 by  

The battle for area girls’ basketball supremacy didn’t turn out to be much of a struggle Monday for Harvard-Westlake of Studio City.

The Wolverines led by 16 points after one quarter and Bell-Jeff of Burbank never seriously challenged, resulting in a 69-47 victory in the Gray Division semifinals at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.

Harvard-Westlake (7-1), which used a similar formula to defeat the Guards (7-2) in a summer tournament in Palm Springs, will face Canyon Springs of Moreno Valley (7-2) at 11:30 a.m. PST today in the division final.

“They were screaming and getting really amped up during warm-ups, but we weren’t intimidated,” said Princeton-bound guard Nicole Hung, who had 24 points – including 14 of 15 from the free-throw line – and 10 rebounds.

“It was just like this during the summer. We came out hard and got a big lead early and they made a few runs, but we were able to stay composed. I thought it was going to be a lot closer.”

Harvard-Westlake’s poise was evident when Hawaii- bound Sydney Haydel dislocated her finger in the second quarter and was sidelined for the remainder of the game.

Bell-Jeff rallied from the 22-6 first-quarter hole to cut the deficit to nine, but Skylar Tsutsui answered with three 3-pointers on her way to 19points.

“It was definitely a learning situation for us. Harvard-Westlake is a veteran, cohesive power and they did a great job on us,” Bell-Jeff coach Bryan Camacho said.

“Give credit to Harvard- Westlake, they were fantastic. They jumped on us right away and did a good job setting the tempo and neutralizing us.”

Nicole Nesbit, a UC Santa Barbara commit, added 14points for defending Southern Section Div. IV-A champion Harvard-Westlake, which outscored the Guards 17-11 in the fourth.

Jasmine Smith led Bell-Jeff, the reigning Div. V state champion, with 12 points.

Margeaux Gupilan and Leslie Lopez-Wood each added 10 points for the Guards, who plays host to Harvard-Westlake in a nonleague game Jan. 5.

“This was a great indicator of where we are and where we want to be,” said Camacho, whose team faces Vanden of Fairfield (7-2) at 4 p.m.

“We’ll get another opportunity Jan. 5 to see how we’ve come.”

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Erik Boal/Daily News – Jacob H. Pollon contributed

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One Response to “Harvard-Westalke Wins Early Battle With Bell-Jeff!”

  1. admin on December 23rd, 2009 1:36 am

    Girls Varsity basketball beats Vanden HS 56-55 and take 3rd place in the Grey division of the Nike TOC…

    Congratulations ladies!


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