Redondo favored to win fifth straight Bay League girls basketball title
By Randy Angel
Seeking its fifth consecutive Bay League title, Redondo’s girls basketball team is on a roll after beginning the season with a 2-2 record.
Redondo continues Bay League action this week as the Sea Hawks defeated Palos Verdes 64-37 to increase their winning streak to 12 games with an impressive 14-2 record.
Coach Marcelo Enriquez’s squad will play at Peninsula on Friday before heading south to take on La Jolla Country Day, the No. 2 team in San Diego County, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The Sea Hawks return to take on host Mira Costa on Tuesday at a site yet to be determined.
Redondo is coming of a 50-45 victory over Long Beach Poly in the Take Flight Challenge last Friday.
Junior Alyssa Munn, who won the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA MVP award last season, led the Sea Hawks with 16 points as Redondo is now playing in Division 1 and is ranked No. 4.
Munn also contributed four assists, four steals and four rebounds in the win.
After trailing Poly 13-6, Redondo began its comeback with Megan Ngo nailing a 3-pointer going into the second quarter.
Munn gave Redondo its first lead at 20-18 before scoring to give the Sea Hawks a 25-24 halftime lead.
Redondo’s defense stiffened in the second half, not allowing the Jackrabbits to score until 2:20 remained in the third quarter while the Sea Hawks had increased their lead to 14.
Dylan Horton scored 11 points for Redondo while Anna Johnson scored seven and Calli Stokes added six points.
The game was the first for the Sea Hawks since the team returned from Delaware where Redondo captured the Diamond State Classic with a 57-44 victory over Elizabeth Seton of Maryland.
Stokes, who recorded eight points and five rebounds, was named tournament MVP. Horton, an All-Tournament selection, led Redondo with 20 points and six rebounds.
Munn, who scored 15 points with four rebounds, received the Joe Pennell Award (fiery attitude and drive to never quit) and Kennedy Jackson received the Andrew McDonough Sportsmanship Award.
December was quite a month for Redondo who posted a 10-0 record and also won the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona on Dec. 22.
Mira Costa (11-6) entered the week on a high note as the Mustangs prepare for a tough run for the Bay League title.
Mira Costa won the NAIA Bracket of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic in San Diego with a 42-38 win over El Capitan (Lakeside). Mira Costa had previously beat Rancho Bernardo 34-28, Villa Park 37-30, and Canyon Crest 45-25 in pool play.
After returning home, the Mustangs edged Torrance 48-44 on Friday then defeated host El Segundo 42-29 on Saturday.
Mira Costa continued its winning streak Tuesday with a thrilling 47-44 victory over Leuzinger. The Mustangs will travel to Centennial on Friday then will face visiting Redondo on Tuesday in the first of two meetings between the rivals.
“We are in the middle of a rebuilding year, as we have lost all five starters from last year,” Mustang coach John Lapham stated. “We know how difficult Bay League will be this season, with Redondo clearly the strongest team in the league.
“Peninsula, Leuzinger and PV will all be tough competition, as we try to finish in the top three and get to the playoffs. I think Leuzinger might be the favorite among these four teams, but each of the other three, including Mira Costa will compete.”
Mira Costa is being led by forward Nicole Matsumoto, who is having a very strong senior season. The team has also received big contributions from senior center Christine Garrison, senior forward Kim Waller, sophomore guards Courtney Lo and Cara Susilo and sophomore forward Hannah Gedion.”