Jordan Adams at the free throw line.
Alexyz Vaioletama and Adams get instructions from Coach Kevin Kiernan.
Vaioletama, Adams and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, aka the big three for Mater Dei, watch the last few minutes of the game.
Jordan Adams scored 18 points and led Mater Dei to a hard-fought 70-54 win over Santa Monica at home Saturday night.
Both teams started slowly in the first quarter, with the Monarchs leading 5-4 in the first few minutes of the game. The rest of the quarter MD turned on the jets and outscored SAMO 15-5 to finish up with a 20-6 lead. MD had five three-point baskets in the first quarter.
At this point many who have seen MD games would assume it would become another blowout, but SAMO scored 23 points in the second quarter to close the gap at halftime, trailing 29-36. SAMO then scored the first five points of the second half to cut the Monarch’s lead to two, 34-36.
However, MD went on a 14-3 run to finish out the third with a 50-37 lead. Each team scored 17 points in the last quarter, defense took the quarter off for both teams, and MD held on for a 70-54 win.
There was a scary moment for with about five minutes left in the third quarter, as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for MD and Moriah Faulk for SAMO crashed into each other near half court. Kaleena hit her head on the floor and Faulk was on the floor for a few minutes with an apparent hip injury. Both were examined by the trainer on hand, but both returned to the game a short time later. Mosqueda-Lewis went down again with some kind of leg or knee injury, but she stayed in the game until the two-minute mark.
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Santa Monica HS– 6 – 23 – 8 – 17 = 54
Mater Dei HS ——-20 – 16 – 17 – 17 = 70