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Peoples sparks Bell-Jeff to CIF rout

March 01, 2003

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH-- The numbers were impressive, but that was

the last thing on the minds of the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls'

basketball players when they faced visiting Downey Calvary Chapel in

the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division IVA playoffs.

The Guards were simply looking to advance, and they did just that,

rolling to a 69-34 victory Wednesday to move into the semifinal

round.

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Bell-Jeff will take on L.A. Windward at 7:30 tonight in a

semifinal game at Brentwood High. Windward (21-2) defeated Huntington

Beach Brethren Christian, 56-33, Wednesday in its quarterfinal

contest.

"Our team definitely remembers the feeling,'' Bell-Jeff Coach

Bryan Camacho said of losing to Windward last year in the second

round of the playoffs. "We're going to be prepared. It's going to be

intensified because the winner gets to go to the [Long Beach]

Pyramid.''

If the Guards do defeat Windward, they would get a chance to play

in their first CIF final game since 1997. Six years ago, a Jim

Couch-coached team featuring Jaclyn Johnson, won a championship.

Downey Calvary Chapel (15-14) never gave Bell-Jeff any serious

trouble after it scored the first basket of the game, a three-pointer

by Stephanie Anderson.

Bell-Jeff (22-4) senior Jennae Peoples continued to impress, as

she netted 12 points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists in

the first half.

But with the Guards up, 46-18, at halftime, Camacho began to focus

on the semifinals and gave his bench players a chance to get some

playoff experience.

"Just winning and moving on is the most important thing,'' said

Peoples, who played despite coming down with a sinus infection

Tuesday. "Whether I have 50 points or 10 points and 15 assists, as

long as we get the job done, [I'm happy]. If I have to score, I

score. If I have to pass, I pass. If they need me to rebound, I

rebound.''

Playing sparingly in the second half, Peoples finished with 19

points, nine steals, eight rebounds and seven assists. Most of her

assists were to junior Kelly Hobbs, who finished with 16 points.

The Guards dominated Calvary Chapel on the defensive end, holding

the Grizzlies without a field goal for 18:01, a span that extended

from midway through the second quarter until late in the fourth

quarter.

Bell-Jeff's depth was also impressive. Theresa Reyes came off the

bench and finished with six points and 10 rebounds and Camille

Napolitano, another reserve, had three points and seven rebounds.

Although the Guards rolled to an easy victory, they know every

game from now will be tough.

"You can't get too comfortable with anyone,'' Peoples said. "I

think we know them [Windward] pretty well from last year. But we

can't expect to see the same team from last year. I told the girls,

this game is revenge.''

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BOX SCORE

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Calvary Chapel 8 10 2 14 -- 34

Bell-Jeff 20 26 14 9 -- 69

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CALVARY CHAPEL

Butler 6, Anderson 4, Miller 2, Islander 1, Chattem 8, Eccles 6,

Bellinger 3, Miyahara 2, Garrison 2. * Three-pointers: Chattem 2,

Butler, Miller

BELL-JEFF

Peoples 19, 9 steals, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, Hobbs 16, Coronado

10, Morgan 4, J. Van Dyke 2, T. Reyes 6, 10 rebounds, K. Van Dyke 6,

Napolitano 3, 7 rebounds, Campos 3. * Three-pointers: Peoples 4,

Coronado 2

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