Lady Mariners Basketball Receive Top CIF Ranking After Beating Louisville

Thursday, 13 Dec 2012, 1:08:00 AM

Roger Morante

Lady Mariners Basketball point leaders Melissa Maragnes (left) and Briana Harris (right) walk off the court during the St. Monica Tournament on Dec. 4.
Photo by Roger Morante
Lady Mariners Basketball point leaders Melissa Maragnes (left) and Briana Harris (right) walk off the court during the St. Monica Tournament on Dec. 4.

St. Monica (9-1) girls basketball won away against Louisville 59-47 Wednesday night and with the win they are the top ranked team in the first CIF Division 4-A poll.

Mariners Head Coach John Skinner thought that St. Monica played well against the Royals.

"We had a tough battle at Louisville last night but played a very good second half," said Skinner. "We were down eight at halftime. The pace of the game was key and we were able to really pull away in the 4th quarter."

Melissa Maragnes and Briana Harris combined for 24 points during the second half to lead the Mariners to victory.

Liyah Lewis and Katrina Balatico each hit 3-pointers to create distance between the teams in the fourth quarter. Harris and Maragnes each had a double-double with Harris two assists away from a triple-double.

"Briana played a phenomenally balanced game," said Skinner.

Harris finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

Melissa Maragnes finished with 14 points and ten rebounds.

Louisville's Nicholle Aston had 28 points and 15 rebounds.

Next game for the Mariners is away against Flintridge Sacred Heart Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

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