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Guards making due in own tournament

August 03, 2002

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH -- Getting a full team together has been

the most frustrating thing Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls'

basketball Coach Bryan Camacho has faced this summer.

But Camacho is waiting patiently, because he knows good days are

ahead for the Guards.

Camacho's Guards defeated Crossroads School, 38-23, in a

consolation game of the 18th annual Bell-Jeff Summer Hoop Finale.


The Guards won Thursday despite playing without returning starters

Camille Napolitano and Kelly Van Dyke, who were out for various

reasons. Crossroads, on the other hand, had just five players suit


"We've got some things to work on. It's a matter of staying

healthy,'' Camacho said. "I'm excited with what we have to work with

this fall.''

One thing that Bell-Jeff has is lots of depth, as seven players

scored in the victory.

Jannae Peoples, the Guards' floor leader who is being courted by

several Division I universities, finished with a game-high 10 points,

including two three-pointers.

Crossroads, which opened the game with the first basket, never led

again. It did, however, tie the score at 5, early in the second


However, Peoples hit both of her three-pointers in the second

quarter to extend the Guards' lead to 16-11 at halftime.

Bell-Jeff took control in the second half, as 6-foot-2 center

Andrea Morgan dominated in the post and scored five points in the

third quarter.

But perhaps even more surprising for the Guards was the play of

substitute Thea Bell, a transfer who did not play basketball at

Burbank High last year. Bell finished with seven points, all in the

third quarter.

Bell-Jeff also got fine performances from Kelly Hobbs, who had

four points, but was all over the court. Sophomore Idessa Reyes, who

played on the varsity at Eagle Rock last season, showed her ability

to hit the outside shot, as she finished with six points, including

two three-pointers.

Bell-Jeff lost to Louisville High in the first round, dropping it

into the consolation bracket.


Crossroads 3 8 4 8 -- 23

Bell-Jeff 5 11 14 8 -- 38

CROSSROADS: Warner 7, Grill 8, Mason 6, Eisenberg 2.

* Three-pointers: none

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON: Peoples 10, Hobbs 4, Morgan 7, Reyes 6, Van

Dyke 2, Bell 7, Witcher 2.

* Three-pointers: Peoples, 2; Reyes, 2.

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