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Memorial guards support front court in girls’ win over Southside

November 28, 2018

Memorial needs to show there’s more to its team than standouts John-Dasia Henderson and Tiffany Lopez.

The Minutemen (6-2) might have done exactly that Nov. 21 at Edgewood Gym in a 59-49 win over Southside (5-4). Although their key seniors definitely made their presence felt down the stretch, moments like freshman Jennabelle Gonzales’ three-pointer that ignited a 19-6 run gave a measure of what the supporting cast can do.

“I told them teams are going to game-plan to stop you two,” Memorial coach Laura Zapata said, referring to Henderson and Lopez. “That’s why the guards are going to have to step up. It’s one thing for me to say it, but they did it today.”

The Cardinals threw double-, and sometimes, triple-teams at the do-it-all duo. Still, Lopez finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds. Henderson contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Point guard Joslynn Arocha scored 10 points, including a layup that increased the Minutemen’s lead to 49-43 with five minutes to play. Arocha, Gonzales and Briana Barajas each made a pair of three-point baskets, to extend the defense and give the front court room to work.

Arocha’s basket counted as the last Memorial points that weren’t scored by Lopez or Henderson. Henderson, who sank a damaging three-pointer off an assist from Lopez with 2:17 left, said the pair had been working together well since they were Wrenn Middle School students.

“When she doesn’t want me to throw her a pass,” Henderson said, “she just gives me a look. And I do the same with her. We try to work together in transition, because that’s how we score most of our points.”

Lopez scored seven points in the last four minutes, after hitting a 30-foot, three-pointer at the third quarter that brought the Minutemen within 43-42. Henderson, who collected the assist, said she was confident Lopez could make the shot.

“It was a shock to me,” Lopez said. “This year, I’ve been scoring a lot more, even from the three-point line. Everybody brings something to the team. We all have a role. The guards can pass the ball and make a play.”

Southside put on an impressive shooting display in the first quarter, rolling to a 17-3 lead behind eight quick points from sophomore Madalyn Soto (16 points) and a three-pointer from senior Jay transfer Saleen Altamirano (13 points). In the second quarter, though, the iron became unkind and stayed that way until late in the game with help from Memorial’s 3-2 zone.

“I was even surprised,” Southside coach Jessica Macias-Cardenas said of the hot shooting early. “But their seniors stepped up. It was a lack of experience for us.”

Edison 67, Harlandale 57

The Golden Bears (5-4) romped to a 42-24 halftime lead and held off a comeback from Harlandale (3-4) Nov. 21 at the Indians’ gym.

Avalon Munoz led the Golden Bears with 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals. The top point-scorer was Tristan Muñoz who produced 16 to go with seven rebounds. Madylynn Zavala added 11 points and seven assists.

Serena Rodriguez led Harlandale with 20 points. Marlayna Frausto scored 19 and Rozlyn Torres produced 10.

Burbank 51, McCollum 45

The Bulldogs (4-6) withstood a 21-point fourth quarter from host McCollum (3-10) Nov. 21 to pull out a non-district win. Burbank led 37-24 after three quarters.

Freshman Jade Williams (16 points) and junior Janell Molina (15 points) were Burbank’s scoring leaders

Alexis Martinez chipped in a game-high 17 points for McCollum. Katelyn Pritchard scored 11.

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