High School Sports
ST. MONICA — The no. 2 seeded St. Monica Mariners used a 24-0 third quarter to pull away from the St. Matthias Victorians Thursday night to advance to round two of the Division 4A CIF playoffs. The final score was 52-18.
The monster third quarter came after a forgettable first half in which the Mariners only scored nine first quarter points and 19 overall.
“We just never got going offensively,” head coach John Skinner said about his team’s first half. “Our defense was solid, but [on] offense, we just couldn’t get anything going. We missed a lot of easy shots.”
But in the third frame defense led to offense and St. Monica was able to score easily in transition. Senior forward Briana Harris led the charge offensively, scoring 12 of her 19 points in that quarter. She also added four rebounds.
“I really didn’t try to score unless it was a fast break,” Harris said.
Adding to the defensive effort for the Mariners were freshman Gloria Scipioni and sophomore Liyah Lewis. They had five and four steals, respectively. Senior forward Melissa Maragnes had another solid game with 10 points and eight rebounds.
“We know that when me and [Maragnes] get double digits, then there’s no team that can stop us,” Harris said.
St. Matthias’ first scratch of the second half came with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. They scored only six points in the half, the second least amount allowed by the Mariners since the Mary Star of the Sea Stars scored five in the first half on Jan. 15.
The Mariners will face the Whittier Christian Heralds in the second round of the playoffs. In their Thursday night game, the Heralds defeated the Carpinteria Warriors 47-30. Junior Sydney Lopez had a game high 16 points and 15 rebounds for Whittier Christian. Junior Hannah Yoshihara added 12 points.
“They’re a solid team, they’re always well coached, they always make a run in the playoffs from what we’ve been told,” Skinner said of Whittier Christian. “We’re gonna do our best to prepare for them and understand what they do and come out and hopefully have a good game plan for them. It should be a good game.”
St. Monica’s will be at home against the Heralds on Saturday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.