Bell-Jeff Returns To Elite Status!

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BURBANK – Guards secure fifth consecutive Santa Cruz title, increasing league winning streak to 37. Read more

Guards End Tourney, Year On Upswing!

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BURBANK — Bell-Jeff High girls use stifling defense to bury Monroe, 64-30. Balanced scoring on one end and relentless defense on Read more

Guards On Familiar Playoff Path!

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BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — Been there, done that.
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Three Squads Open At Home!

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BURBANK — It was a banner year as far as the CIF Southern Section playoffs are concerned for the four local girls’ basketball Read more

It’s All Bell-Jeff In 102-15 Victory!

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BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — Almost everyone in the gym knew the Guards were most probably going to Read more

Bell-Jeff On Top Of Santa Cruz!

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BURBANK – The St. Anthony girls’ basketball team found itself in the wrong place at the wrong point of the Santa Cruz League schedule Read more

Backcourt Helps Bell-Jeff Girls’ Regroup!

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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Bell-Jeff rebounds from loss to Troy, defeats La Costa Canyon in third-place game. Read more

Bell-Jeff Comes Up Short In Semifinal!

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INGLEWOOD – Bell-Jeff came up just short in a semifinal against Serra at the Inglewood tournament

Serra will play the winner of Sierra Canyon vs. Santa Monica in the championship Saturday

Bell-Jeff (54) vs. Serra (57) Final
1st quarter – BJ (14) – Serra (14)
2nd quarter – BJ (28) – Serra (30)
3rd quarter – BJ (43) – Serra (42)
4th quarter – BJ (54) – Serra (57)

Rishonda Napier – 11 points
Layana White – 10 points
Kiah Jones – 2 points
Jasmine Smith – 8 points
Leslie Lopez-Wood – 13 points (3 – 3pt shots)
Johnece Miller – 6 points
Clarissa Larios – 4 points

Serra
Bria Richardson – 18 points
Simone Thompson – 9 points
Sierra Thompson – 8 points
Taylor Reid – 3 points
Rejane Verin – 6 points
Calia Hayley – 4 points
Nicole Collins – 9 points

Jack Pollon/Daily News

Bell-Jeff Girls’ Basketball Shows Off In Win Over Chatsworth!

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GARDENA – The swarming full-court pressure and explosive transition game are still present for the Bell-Jeff girls’ basketball team under new coach Jaclyn Johnson.

But two contests into the season, the Guards are showcasing another facet of their game and it caused plenty of frustration Tuesday for Chatsworth.

Relying on an efficient half-court offense that featured crisp ball movement and effective rotation, Bell-Jeff built a 22-point advantage in the third quarter before cruising to a 58-47 pool-play victory in the elite bracket of the Inglewood City of Champions tournament at Serra High.

Leslie Lopez-Wood and Rishonda Napier led the Guards (2-0) with 20 points each, hitting a combined seven 3-pointers, to secure a berth the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Bishop Montgomery or Oaks Christian at Inglewood High.

“We’re a very unselfish team and we’re sharing the ball and the results have been phenomenal thus far,” said Napier, who added five steals.

“It’s amazing. This is the best I’ve seen our half-court (offense).”

Napier wouldn’t get any arguments from the Chancellors (0-1), who were often late to rotate – allowing open looks on the perimeter – or struggled to box out on the weak side, resulting in easy putbacks for the Guards.

“(Coach Johnson) wants us to be disciplined,” Lopez-Wood said. “We’re still an up-tempo team, but looking over our films from last year, she noticed that sometimes we lacked the ability to run our sets. It’s still a work in progress, but we want to keep getting better each day.”

Already leading by 15 in the third quarter, Bell-Jeff used a seven-point run in a 75-second span to erase any hopes of a Chancellors’ comeback, drawing the ire of Chatsworth coach Michelle Chevalier, who challenged her team to “play with pride” during a timeout.

Following a 12-point first half, Portland-bound guard Jasmine Wooton was held scoreless in the third quarter, as Bell-Jeff outscored the Chancellors 19-6.

“We’re starting to learn about each other a little more,” Napier said. “We’re getting to know our strengths a little better and our offense is really beginning to click.”

Thomesha Smith had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Chancellors, who cut into the deficit with a 21-point fourth quarter. Wooton finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for Chatsworth.

Kiah Jones contributed four points and eight rebounds for Bell-Jeff.

Erik Boal – Dialy News

Dual League Championships!

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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Bell-Jeff clinches third straight title in blowout, 73-25.

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — Technically, the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball team clinched its third straight Santa Cruz League championship Thursday evening.

Ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section IVA Division, the Guards were no doubt the favorites to capture the league title again this season.

Maybe it was that expectation, or the fact the clinching game came with a 73-25 blowout win against St. Mary’s Academy at Bell-Jeff, but the moment was definitely anticlimactic.

The Guards (21-5, 7-0 in league) didn’t storm the court and they didn’t scream and yell after the win. Instead, the players appeared to take the title in stride.

But Bell-Jeff Coach Bryan Camacho said don’t take the lack of emotion from his team as an indication that the championship doesn’t matter to it. On the contrary, he said it means a great deal.

“We are very appreciative that we have been able to win our third straight Santa Cruz League championship,” said Camacho, whose squad captured Southern Section and state titles last season. “We know it’s a big accomplishment to win a league title, and we definitely don’t take it for granted.”

Camacho said his squad will relish its latest crown because one never knows what the future might hold for the program.

“I tell the girls that sometimes success comes in cycles,” Camacho said. “You might be winning now but you never know what’s going to happen down the road. So, I told them to enjoy the moment and be proud of what they accomplished.”

After finishing up the regular season Friday, the playoffs are next up for the Guards. The postseason is set to begin next week, and it’s likely that Bell-Jeff will get a bye for the first round.

Against St. Mary’s (8-13, 3-5), the Guards took charge early. The hosts jumped out to a 27-12 lead after the first quarter, and increased the advantage to 48-15 at the half.

After leading, 62-21, after three quarters, a running clock was implemented for the final quarter.

“In games like this it’s all about getting better and learning,” Camacho said. “We just want to get better with each and every game.”

Freshman Leslie Lopez-Wood paced Bell-Jeff with a game-high 14 points. Another freshman, Tiffany Kho, added 13 points and sophomore Kiah Jones had 10.

Jeff Tully

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