Briana Harris goes up for a shot while players of CSHM scream and try to block her shot. St. Monicas would go on to win the game 59-48 to win their conference. Photo by Paul Alvarez Jr. (photo by Paul Alvarez Jr.)

DOWNTOWN — St. Monica’s strong season in girls’ basketball didn’t go unnoticed.

The Mariners placed five players on the All-Camino Real League team, it was announced on Monday.

Chief among the Mariners’ honors was junior Briana Harris, who was named Most Valuable Player by the league’s coaches.

The junior, who was playing her first year at the school after transferring from Santa Monica High School, averaged 22.5 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3.5 steals in leading St. Monica to the league title.

The first team includes: junior Melissa Maragnes and sophomore Katrina Balatico. The second team features freshman Liyah Lewis and senior Valerie Ortiz.

Harris’ strong season has attracted the attention of a number of Pac-12 and Big West schools. Head Coach John Skinner said that he expects the recruiting process to heat up during spring and summer.

Samohi places three on all-league team

Samohi’s second place finish in the Ocean League has helped earn the Vikings girls’ basketball team a number of spots on the all-league team.

The first team includes seniors Aniese Palmore and Imani Holloway. Senior Christina Rimicci was named to the second team.

Samohi v-ball loses opener

Samohi’s No. 1 ranked boys’ volleyball team lost its season opener on Friday to Cathedral as part of the Redondo Union Pre-Season Invitational.

The Vikings entered the game ranked No. 1 in the first CIF-Southern Section Division 4 poll. Samohi is scheduled to play Eagle Rock this Friday, also part of the Redondo tourney.

Samohi is the defending CIF-SS champion in the division.


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