There were five games held at Mater Dei High School yesterday as part of the annual Nike Extravaganza.
Mater Dei vs. La Jolla Country Day
The headline games involved the #1 and #3 teams in the nation, Brea Olinda and Mater Dei, respectively. However, they didnt play each other. Brea played Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, and Mater Dei hosted La Jolla Country Day in the event’s final game.
Mater Dei came in with a 20-1 record while La Jolla Country Day came in at 20-3. LJCD has a very athletic team led by the Hood twins, Maya and Malina, who are juniors. Sophomore point guard Kelsey Plum and senior Kaylah Miller are also big contributors.
This was an exciting game, with LJCD either hitting three-pointers by Plum (2) or Miller (5), or dishing off passes to Maya Hood under the basket. They shot just over 50 percent for the game, and held Mater Dei’s Kaleena Mosequeda-Lewis to four first-half points, with both of the Hood sisters switching off guarding her. This gave LJCD a small 28-25 lead at the half.
The second half went back and forth, but Lewis was not going to be held down and she brought her “A” game to the court. She scored 24 points in the second half, including three three-point baskets, and she was three for three from the foul line to finish up with 28 points.
Super-sub Jessica Duarte, added 15 points, and Mater Dei finally wore down their opponents for a 68-54 win. There was a scary moment in the final seconds as Lewis went down under the offensive basket. I didn’t see what happened, but Lewis was holding her face. She got up after a minute or two and was able to walk to the bench. I dont know if she got hit in the face or hit her head on another player or the floor. She appeared to be allright.
Brea Olinda vs. Bishop Gorman
I was hoping this would be a test for Brea, #1 in the nation, but it wasn’t.
Brea led 16-3 at the end of the first quarter and and 38-12 at the half. The final score was 61-20. Bishop Gorman didnt have the size, the speed, or the shots to match Brea. The scoring was spread out on Brea, but Justine Hartman played a very strong game and finished with 19 points.
In the three other games, newly top 50-ranked Edison High School, who last week upset Troy, came out flat and played catch up all game but couldnt finish the job. They lost to Orange Lutheran High School, 58-51. Natalie Luzar led the way for OL with 24 points. The Samuelson sisters, Bonnie and Karlie, each had 17 points for Edison.
In the other games, Rosary topped Mission Viejo 50-34, and The Bishops School beat JSerra, 51-42.
– IM in OC
After a timeout, Coach Kevin Kiernan leaves the court while his three stars – Jordan Adams, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Alexyz Vaioletama – get ready to go.
Mosqueda-Lewis hit the floor at the end of the game with an apparent blow to the face, but she was able to get up a few moments later and walk to the locker room.
La Jolla Country Day defends the basket in the first half.
First time Brea is in black? The wore pink sneakers except Justine Hartman, who wore black shoes and pink socks.
Coach Jeff Sink giving his team “the look.”