BURBANK — For the first time since the 2008-2009 season, the Providence High and Bellarmine-Jefferson girls’ basketball teams met on the hardwood in a nonleague game Saturday at Providence High.
In their previous meeting, the Guards defeated the Pioneers by 60 points during a time the program was winning Santa Cruz League titles and making deep playoff runs.
Fast forward four years to Bell-Jeff currently rebuilding in a transition period and it was evident against a formidable Providence team that faced little resistance from the Guards in a 65-23 victory in the tilt between the two Burbank-area squads.
While Bell-Jeff has seen four head coaches in that span, Andrew Bencze was at the helm the last time the teams met on Dec. 13, 2009 and was pleased to get a win in the temporarily renewed rivalry.
“Bell-Jeff is in a rebuilding year and they need all the experience they can get and we’re at the place now where we’re playing good basketball,” said Bencze, who received a stellar all-around performance from junior guard Katia Dabbaghian. “We did some good things. It’s a rivalry between fellow Catholic schools, so it’s always nice to beat them.”