Redondo High’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams each finished the first half of Bay League play at 5-0 after sweeping rival Manhattan Beach Mira Costa last Tuesday at Redondo.
The biggest showdown was in the girls’ game as the Sea Hawks and Mustangs entered the contest tied for first place, each with 4-0 marks. In a low scoring neck-to-neck contest, Redondo prevailed 44-34 in overtime to take the league lead.
The Sea Hawks, who improved their overall record to 13-8, were led by returning all-CIF Southern Section senior Kyra Hamlin with 15 points and 14 rebounds. With Redondo ahead 36-34 in the overtime period, Hamlin made a key rebound and scored to stretch the Sea Hawks’ lead to four points with 51 seconds left. Junior guard Makenna Peneueta added four free throws to put the game away for Redondo.
After Mira Costa (13-7 overall and 4-1 in league) tied the game at 32 when Mia Finney made both ends of a one-and-one free throw, baskets from Hamlin and junior forward Daylan Bonner gave the Sea Hawks a 36-32 lead before junior forward Laura Sheckter hit a 15-foot jumper to cut Redondo’s lead to two points. Hamlin’s key rebound and basket began the Sea Hawks’ game-ending 6-0 run.
Bonner added 11 points for the Sea Hawks. Sophomore guard Haley Herdman led the Mustangs with eight points, followed by returning all-CIF Southern Section junior Allie Navarette and sophomore guard Kelli Toyooka with seven points apiece.
Redondo moves on to host Inglewood Friday at 6 p.m. At the same time, Mira Costa will host third place Palos Verdes. Last Tuesday, the Sea Kings defeated rival Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula 41-30. In the previous meetings, the Sea Hawks routed Inglewood 60-15 and the Mustangs topped Palos Verdes 43-33 in their Bay League openers on Jan. 13.
Redondo High’s boys’ basketball team continued on a roll in the Bay League by rolling over Mira Costa 78-47 last Tuesday at Redondo.
The Sea Hawks, who are currently ranked as high as No. 3 in California behind top rated Chino Hills and No. 2 Torrance Bishop Montgomery by Maxpreps but fourth in the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA, held a 17-13 first quarter lead before breaking the game open with an 11-2 run to take a 28-15 lead midway in the second period. Leading 39-28 at halftime, Redondo, which improved to 17-3 overall and 5-0 in league, outscored the Mustangs 39-19 in the second half to complete the blowout.
Junior Ryse Williams sparked the Sea Hawks with a game-high 26 points and eight rebounds. Included in Williams’ scoring were four three-point baskets. Duncan Lomenzo Torres chipped in 10 points, eight of those in the first half.
“We’re trying to get really aggressive,” Williams said. “We had a lot of energy off the bench.”
The Sea Hawks will host Inglewood in their second Bay League showdown Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Sentinels enjoyed an impressive 72-48 home victory over cross town rival Morningside (14-8, 2-3) last Tuesday.
In that game, the Sentinels, who improved to 15-6 overall and 3-2 in league, had five players score in double figures behind Jordan Bell with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Terrell Gomez contributed 11 points and seven assists. D’Angelo Smith finished with 11 points. Miles James had 10 points and seven rebounds. Inglewood is currently tied for second place with Peninsula, which stunned the Sents 68-62 last Friday at Peninsula before downing host and rival Palos Verdes 55-37 last Tuesday.
In their league opener on Jan. 13, Inglewood nearly defeated Redondo but the Sea Hawks, behind a key three-point basket by Leland Green, were able to pull out a 58-53 win. The Sentinels upset Redondo at Inglewood last season and will be looking to do the same at Redondo on Friday.
“Inglewood’s going to come out aggressive,” Williams said. “We got to match their intensity.”
Lawndale sweeps Hawthorne: Lawndale High’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams swept their Ocean League rival games over host Hawthorne on Wednesday. In the girls’ contest, the Cardinals defeated the Cougars 44-23. In the boys’ game, Lawndale downed Hawthorne 72-53.
Lawndale’s boys had a commanding lead the entire game, ahead 35-20 at halftime and led by as many as 23 points. The Cardinals’ balanced attack was led by Bryant Perkinson with 13 points. Richard Harris and Demarjae Gilmore each put in 12 points and A.J. Gipson tallied 10.
It was Lawndale’s first win under interim head coach Patrick Marks who replaced recently departed mentor Chris Brownlee. Brownlee was reportedly dismissed by the administration. Lawndale improved to 11-9 overall and 3-2 in league.
Despite the loss, the Cardinals had the game’s two highest scorers. Christian Brown led all scorers with 19 points and Derek Banks totaled 17. Carlos Jacobo tallied 12 but the rest of the Hawthorne team mustered just five.
In the girls’ game, Lawndale lead Hawthorne 20-14 at halftime but pulled away in the second half by outscoring the Cougars 24-9. The Cardinals were led by Rejinae Crandall with a game-high 16 points. Lawndale is 3-2 in league and 13-7 overall.
Hawthorne, which fell to 1-4 in league, was led by Tiffany Harris and Tianna Grant with five points each.
Lawndale will host Culver City with the girls squaring off at 6 p.m. in what should be a key contest with the defending four-time Ocean champion Centaurs, and the boys playing at 7:30 p.m. The Cougars visit Santa Monica Friday. Their girls play at 6 p.m. with the boys facing the top ranked squad in the CIF-Southern Section Division IA at 7:30 p.m. The Vikings are led by Jonah Matthews.
Snyder’s South Bay Top 10:
Boys: 1. Bishop Montgomery (20-0), 2. Redondo (17-3), 3. Westchester (16-5), 4. Narbonne (15-5), 5. Inglewood (15-6), 6. Serra (11-9), 7. Peninsula (12-9), 8. Torrance (13-7), 9. Morningside (12-9), 10. Mira Costa (12-10).
Girls: 1. Serra (14-7), 2. Redondo (13-8), 3. North Torrance (11-9), 4. Mira Costa (13-7), 5. West Torrance (15-6), 6. Carson (16-7), 7. Bishop Montgomery (10-11), 8. Lawndale (13-8), 9. El Segundo (13-9), 10. Leuzinger (13-10).