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PROVIDENCE HIGH --

December 14, 2002

PROVIDENCE HIGH -- The Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls' basketball

team got off to a hot start.

But it wasn't the team's sharpshooter -- Jennae Peoples -- who was

leading the Guards.

Bell-Jeff Junior Angie Coronado scored the Guards' first nine

points before Peoples got into a groove, as the Guards avenged a loss

to Providence High last season by defeating the Pioneers, 58-41, in a

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nonleague contest at Providence.

"Jennae is eventually going to take over a game. That's what we

expect,'' Bell-Jeff Coach Bryan Camacho said. "As you could see,

we're not a one-person team.''

Peoples was the Camino Real League Player of the Year last season,

averaging 18.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 5.2 assists a

game.

Bell-Jeff (3-0) jumped out to an 18-9 lead at the end of the first

quarter, even though Providence's 6-foot-4 junior center Megan

Campbell pulled down six of her 12 rebounds in the quarter.

But a six-for-22 shooting effort in the first half didn't help the

Pioneers.

"You want to be at your best for games like this and we weren't at

our best,'' Providence Coach Andrew Bencze said. "The nice thing

about this rivalry is that it's intense. Last year, we beat them by

one point and this year they came back.

"Bell-Jeff outplayed us. They were tougher mentally, but I know we

didn't play to our level.''

Providence (2-1) got as close as 20-13 in the second quarter on a

three-pointer by Selina Tech, who led the Pioneers with 17 points.

Bell-Jeff led, 29-20, at halftime, but Providence didn't go away

easily in the third quarter.

The Pioneers got as close as 34-27 on a basket by Campbell, before

Kelly Hobbs completed a three-point play with 4:50 left in the

quarter.

Providence never cut into Guards' lead to single digits in the

fourth quarter, as Peoples -- who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds -- took the game into her own hands.

Things didn't help Providence when Tech fouled out with 3:55 left

to play.

Idessa Reyes scored 13 points for Bell-Jeff off the bench.

"We don't care who scores. All our priority is to get a win,''

Camacho said. "They don't care about stats. It was a good win for us,

because we start league Tuesday.''

Since Camacho and Bencze are friends, they both said scheduling

the cross-town rivalry game is a good competition for their schools.

Bell-Jeff returns to play at 5 p.m. Tuesday when they open

Sunshine League play with a home game against L.A. Marymount.

For Providence, they will play on Wednesday at home as it hosts

its own Pioneer Shootout.

BOX SCORE

Bell-Jeff 18 11 15

14 -- 58

Providence 9 11 10

11 -- 41

Bell-Jeff

Peoples 17 and 12 rebounds, I. Reyes 13, Coronado 9,

Hobbs 7, K. Van Dyke 9, T. Reyes 2, Napolitano 1.

* Three-pointers: Peoples 2, Coronado, I. Reyes.

Providence

Tech 17, Guzman 9, Campbell 4 and 12 rebounds, S.

Estreller 3, Bouldoukian 4, Geralo 4.

* Three-pointers: Tech 3, E. Estreller.

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