Ontario Catholic women’s basketball team learns from experience against Catholic Church – San Bernardino Sun
SANTA ANA – Ontario Christian women’s basketball coach Matt Tumamabing clearly wants a different result Saturday afternoon, but Tumamabing said a reality check could be exactly what his team does. he needs it now.
Ontario Christian took home an undefeated record during the Nike Hoops Classic Matt Denning showcase event at Mater Dei, but its rival on Saturday marked a big step up in the competition. Cathedral Catholic is the 10th place team in the state rankings of Calhisports.com, and the only loss went to Etiwanda and Centennial.
The teams were locked in a battle for the first 11 minutes of the game, but Cathedral Catholic closed the first half with a scoreline of 19-0. Ontario Christian never found his shooting contact in the game, and Cathedral Catholic continued to retreat and walk away with an 81-44 victory over the Knights.
“Because we don’t have a challenge in our league, we tend to get a little complacent,” said Tumambing. “Games like this really expose your weaknesses and what you need to do to get better.”
Ontario Christian (13-1) is the No. 1 team in the CIF Southern Section Division 2A standings, and the Knights will likely find themselves among the teams on the Open Division’s initial watchlist next week.
“Anyone can guess where we’ll end up in the knockout stages,” said Tumambing. “If we are successful in the Open Division, this is a team of the caliber we will be playing in. So this is a learning experience.”
Ontario Christian has never taken the lead in the game, but Chloe Briggs’ one and 1 near the end of the first period brought the Knights back in round 12-10. The shortfall was still just two points into the five-minute span of the second half, but that was also when Cathedral Catholic completely dominated the game.
The Catholic Church together ended that decisive 19-0 game, with Isuneh Brady and Gizel Navarro, the Connecticut-bound forward, picking up 14 points. Ontario Christian missed the last nine shots of the first half. In what seemed to be the end of Ontario Christian’s first half, Chloe Briggs hit half of the trial before the whistle. The shot appeared to go over the rim for a shot, but the ball rolled off the rim.
“We couldn’t leave anything out,” Tumambing said of Ontario Christian’s 15-of-62 shooting on Saturday. “I would like to see us attack more in the basket, but sometimes we are too hesitant.”
Ontario Christian’s best match came in the opening minutes of the fourth round, when Shayla Gillmer, Dejah Saldivar and Madeline Martinez each hit a 3-pointer to beat the Knights 9-0. It came too late, however, as those baskets only cut the Catholic Church’s lead to 58-37.
The Catholic Church (10-2) responded immediately with a 16-4 run to slam doors. Ontario Christian had no answer for Brady, who finished with 31 points (13 coming in the fourth quarter) and 24 rebounds.
Gillmer led Ontario Christian with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Briggs finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Centennial 66, Mission Hills 61
UCLA-bound guard Londynn Jones scored a top 28 in the game as the Huskies won the match at the Matt Denning Classic.
Jones had a dizzying start, scoring 12 points in the opening half to give Centennial a 16-14 lead. Jessica Grant kept Mission Hills within impressive distance by taking down three 3-pointers.
Centennial (May 12) extended its lead into double digits with a solid second quarter. Bella Law and Serenity Johnson each scored six points in the inning, and Syndi Summers added five more to give the Huskies a 37-24 lead after halftime.
Centennial rallied 46-29 midway through the third quarter, but Mission Hills rallied 14-0 over the next five minutes to get right back in the game. However, Centennial quickly recovered, combining a 14-2 run to regain control of the game.
Grant finished with 21 points on seven 3-pointers, and Kennan Ka scored 20 points for Mission Hills (7-4).
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/08/ontario-christian-girls-basketball-team-gets-learning-experience-against-cathedral-catholic/ Ontario Catholic women’s basketball team learns from experience against Catholic Church – San Bernardino Sun