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
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
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
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
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.