Right Bianka Balthazar from the Santa Monica High School Girls Basketball team jumps into the air and shoots the basketball at the hoop in front of on the left Alecia Dimas and Madalene Barrett of the Troy HIgh School girls basketball team inside the North Gym on the campus of Santa Moncia High School on Monday January 17th 2011 as SAMO hosted Troy in a non league basketball game and lost 45-39 (photo by Morgan Genser)

SAMOHI — Santa Monica High School’s girls’ basketball team lost to Fullerton Troy, 45-39, Monday on campus. The loss was the second straight for the Vikings.

Samohi led, 15-10, after the first quarter as Troy began the night cold, missing its first seven shots of the game.

“We were on a roll,” Head Coach Marty Verdugo said. “For the first five minutes of the game, we looked like the best team in SoCal.”

From there, Troy’s defense forced Samohi into a number of bad shots eventually pulling away for the win.

Samohi’s Briana Harris led all scorers with 17 points. Troy was led by Briana Roberson, who scored 15 including a three at the end of the third quarter that gave the Warriors an eight point lead heading into the final period.

“We made a few adjustments,” Troy head coach Roger Anderson said. “We tried to double-team their shooters, making them work for their points.”

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