Their College Choice!

May 1, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — One statistic alone illustrates how much Margeaux Gupilan and Julia Tani have meant to the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball Read more

Harvard-Westlake Sinks Bell-Jeff Once Again!

March 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

HARVARD WESTLAKE – Skylar Tsutsui said she’s still getting accustomed to all the attention; the mobs of fans rushing the court, the video cameras pointed in her face and the postgame interviews.

But Tsutsui and her Harvard-Westlake of Studio City teammates demonstrated again Thursday night that when it comes to the big moments during the game, the Wolverines don’t get overwhelmed.

Tsutsui’s free throws with five seconds remaining helped the host Wolverines defeat Bell-Jeff of Burbank for the third time this season, sealing a 61-59 victory in the Southern California regional quarterfinals in the Div. IV state girls’ basketball playoffs.

Harvard-Westlake (31-1), which recorded its 27th consecutive victory, plays host at 7p.m. Saturday to St. Joseph of Santa Maria (26-4) in the regional semifinals.

“At first, I was so nervous, but I took a few deep breaths and that helped me become more relaxed,” said Tsutsui, who sealed Harvard-Westlake’s 58-54 victory Saturday over Bishop Montgomery of Torrance in the Southern Section Div. IV-AA final on a layup with seven seconds remaining.

“My dad always taught me, if I smiled in those situations, it helps. So, I smiled, and it worked. They both felt really good when they left my fingers. As soon as (the ball) left, I knew it was going in.”

Layana White, who led the Guards (25-7) with 16 points, tied the score at 59-59 on a layup with 13 seconds remaining. But Nicole Nesbit quickly pushed the ball into the frontcourt, before it was knocked away and White was whistled for a foul after hitting Tsutsui’s legs diving for the loose ball in the right corner.

Following Tsutsui’s free throws, Rishonda Napier took the inbounds pass for Bell-Jeff. But the Guards’ bid to win back-to-back state championships – after capturing the Div. V title last year – came up short after Napier’s shot from just inside half court hit off the backboard as time expired.

“We looked at our opponent in the eye for four quarters and we battled. The kids kept believing in each other and they were able to come through and make big shots, just like they had all year,” Bell-Jeff coach Bryan Camacho said.

“But give credit to Harvard-Westlake. They find a way to win. They’ve been through the ups and downs and they’ve been through the battles. Credit Nesbit and (Nicole) Hung, those kids are winners.”

After a 22-point loss Dec. 21 at the Nike Tournament of Champions and a 66-62 setback Jan. 5 to Harvard-Westlake, Bell-Jeff didn’t make the Wolverines’ return to the regional semifinals an easy task.

Harvard-Westlake held an eight-point lead with seven minutes remaining, but despite the efforts of Nicole Hung (21 points, nine rebounds), Sydney Haydel (10 points, 12 rebounds) and Nesbit (13 points, seven rebounds, five steals), the Guards didn’t back down.

But when Jasmine Smith (12 points, 13 rebounds) picked up her fifth foul with 4:16 left, it made Bell-Jeff’s task even tougher. The Guards rallied behind free throws from Napier and White’s basket to pull even, before Tsutsui (10 points) kept alive the Wolverines’ pursuit of a state title.

“We saw the girls’ soccer team lose and we didn’t want that to be us,” Nesbit said. “We want to keep it going for Harvard-Westlake.”

Erik Boal

Bell-Jeff Just Reloading!

November 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Girls Hoops: – One year later and the Bell-Jeff of Burbank girls basketball team just keeps rolling along.

Last year, the Guards won the state Division V championship and this year they want more.

They could be on their way with three new players.

Freshman Leslie Lopez-Wood enrolled in the summer, Layana White transferred from Canyon and sophomore Marilyn Flynn transferred from Burroughs of Burbank.

If that wasn’t enough, Bell-Jeff returns Margeaux Gupilan, Julia Tani, Rishonda Napier and Jasmine Smith.

There should be no shortage of victories for Bryan Camacho and the Guards.

By Jack Pollon

Bell-Jeff Falls In Tourney!

July 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The only area girls’ basketball team with more young talent than Bell-Jeff of Burbank might be Oaks Read more

Summer Basketball Schedules Announced!

June 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Believe it or not, Basketball season is upon us once again and Coach Bryan Camacho has both team busy.  

That’s right, the 2009 Summer schedules have been announced and the action Officially kicks off next weekend with our State Champion girls participating in the Cathedral City Tournament 6/12-6/14/09.  

They follow that up with league play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Burroughs High School, and tournaments in Palm Springs and San Diego!

New head Coach Camacho is making sure the Boys are putting in work this summer as well with a challenging schedule that starts on 6/15/09 with league games at Providence High School on Mondays and Crespi High School on Wednesdays.

They will also travel with the girls to Palm Springs at the end of the month. As always, the coaches and players invite everyone to come out and support your Guards as they prepare for the 2009-2010 season.

Please click here for links to a complete listing of game times and locations. 

Go Guards!


by – Eric “Rico” Reed

Quiet Confidence – Repeat POY!

April 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Repeat Player of the Year Shelley Gupilan kept her emotions in check and continued to excel as a player in leading Bell-Jeff to Read more

The Sights and Sounds of Success!

March 11, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

SANTA ANA – there was no sweeter sound to the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball team than the tone Read more

Guards Are Dominating!

February 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball team scored 26 points, helped cause Read more

St. Anthony Routed by Bell-Jeff’s Defense!

February 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

LONG BEACH –  St. Anthony’s Paris Lamar looks for an open shot over Averie-Alice Guzman of Bellarmine Jefferson during a Santa Cruz League match. The St. Anthony High girls basketball team didn’t have to look far to find the best team in its league and in its CIF Southern Section division Thursday night.

The Saints were no match for visiting Bell-Jeff, which showed off its precision passing and pressure defense in a 68-38 Santa Cruz League victory. The Guards, who are ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division V-A poll, improved to 5-0 in league and 23-1 overall. St. Anthony, which is ranked ninth in Division V-A, fell to 10-9 overall and 2-3 in league play.

“We’re trying to improve for the playoffs,” said Saints coach James Anderson, who referred to Bell-Jeff as a “barometer” for the upcoming postseason. “(Playing Bell-Jeff) helps us out in that respect.”

Running its full-court press to near perfection in the first half, the Guards quickly took a 24-8 lead. Forward Shelley Gupilan scored seven of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter and added three steals and three offensive rebounds, which she turned into four easy points. Her sister Margeaux added 11 first-quarter points.

The Saints didn’t break into double figures in scoring until the 3:59 mark of the second quarter and trailed 46-12 at halftime.

“The biggest thing is (Bell-Jeff’s) intensity,” Anderson said, “from Player 1 to Player 12.”

The Saints, who opened the game with two starters on the bench for disciplinary reasons, found their rhythm in the second half. Talor Hixon scored nine of her team-high 13 points after halftime and grabbed six of her eight rebounds. Raquel Johnson finished with nine points and three steals.

“I thought Talor played well,” said Anderson, who added that Bell-Jeff is clearly the best team the Saints have faced this year.

“All the kids did some solid things. … I’m proud of our kids. We’re better than last year,” Anderson added, “and next year we’ll be even better.”

Bell-Jeff, which called off the full-court press after halftime, finished with 16 steals and forced 20 turnovers. Rishonda Napier finished with 15 points and Jasmine Smith finished with 10 rebounds and nine points.

“(Bell-Jeff’s level of play) is where we’re trying to get to,” said Anderson. “After playing them, nobody else is going to phase us.”

By David Felton – Daily News Staff Writer

Steven Georges/Staff Photographer

Santa Monica tipped by Bellarmine-Jefferson!

January 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

California High School Basketball – The Bellarmine-Jefferson Guards basketball team scored 55 points and held the host Santa Monica Vikings to Read more

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