Bell-Jeff Drops One To St. Anthony!

January 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

LONG BEACH – After watching the Lady Guards churn out another victory over league rival St. Anthony 69-53 Read more

Saints come back from 14 to beat Bell-Jeff!

February 1, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

LONG BEACH – St. Anthony High School held a party for their new court before Friday’s game, then held a late-arriving but just as successful second party on it. A few hours after officially 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

Guards Defeat St. Anthony!

November 9, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

November 8, 2008:  The Bellarmine-Jefferson Guards football squad scored 19 points and restricted the visiting  Read more

Football Preview!

November 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON VS. ST. ANTHONY

• WHEN: 7 p.m. today.

• WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

• RECORDS: The Guards are 6-2, 2-0 in the Santa Fe League; the Saints are 5-3, 2-1.

• LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Salesian, 18-6; St. Anthony defeated St. Monica, 21-7.
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• OUTLOOK: The Guards are two wins away from securing their second straight Santa Fe League championship. Bell-Jeff has been getting the most out of its defense the past four games, limiting opponents to 13 points and posting two shutouts.

The team surrenders only 9.2 points a game. The defense is paced by sophomore linebacker Alex Davidians (100 tackles) and senior linebacker Jairo Trujillo (82 tackles). The Saints are led by senior quarterback Lamont Rowe (873 yards passing and nine touchdowns).

• SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Guards are ranked No. 6 in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division.

— Jeff Tully