A 48-34 win over Mary Star of the Sea on Tuesday pushed St. Monica’s girls’ basketball team into a tie for first place in the Camino Real League.
The Mariners were again led by junior Briana Harris, who had a game-high 20 points and set a career high with 20 rebounds. Sophomore Katrina Balatico added 9 points in the win over Mary Star.
The victory sets up a home game against Cantwell-Sacred Heart today that has championship implications. If the Mariners win the season finale it would assure them at least a share of the league title. They could win an outright title if La Salle falters on the road at St. Joseph.
The Mariners are currently ranked No. 7 in the CIF-SS Division 4A poll.
Samohi girls move into second place
Samohi’s girls’ basketball team moved into a second place tie in the Ocean League with a victory at Morningside on Tuesday.
Hawthorne and Samohi now prepare to close the regular season against each other today.
“This is a must-win game for us,” Head Coach Marty Verdugo said. “If we don’t, it throws everything into a tie for second place.”
In the event that the season ends in a three-way tie for second, a tournament would be held on Friday with all three teams — Hawthorne, Samohi and Inglewood — taking part.
Based on a flip, one team would get a first-round bye with the other two facing off to move on. That game would take place immediately after the first game with the winner taking second place in league and the loser coming in third.
There are three automatic bids awarded to the league, but in the event of the three-way, second place tie, somebody would be sent home with no playoff berth.
“We’d rather it not come to that,” Verdugo said. “That’s why winning [today] is so important for us.”