Above: Cantwell-Sacred Heart’s Priscilla Rodriguez drives for two points against Campbell Hall during the Cantwell Tournament on Wednesday at the Montebello campus. (Leo Jarzomb / Staff Photographer)
The Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary girls basketball gave it a valiant effort before coming up short against ranked Campbell Hall in the quarterfinals of its Cardinal Classic. Whittier advanced and is playing Campbell Hall tonight. The finals are scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m.
In boys action, Whittier advanced to the finals of its second annual tournament for the second time, and is hosting Lawndale tonight.
Here is correspondent John Sherrard’s story of the Cantwell-Campbell Hall game:
MONTEBELLO – The Cantwell Sacred Heart girls basketball team took the second-ranked Campbell Hall Vikings to the limit in the Cardinal Classic Wednesday night, but fell just short.
Trailing by as many as 15 points early in the third quarter, host Cantwell fell to CIF-SS Division 4 power Campbell Hall, 62-55, in the quarterfinals of its own tourney.
The Cardinals trailed Campbell Hall, 42-27, to begin the third quarter and were led by sophomore guard Justine Manjarrez with nine points in the quarter to put Cantwell within striking distance in the fourth.
Manjarrez scored 13 points, including 5 for 6 at the line in the game.
The Cardinals, who are a young team, were led by sophomore forward Sylvia Garcia with 20 points (9 for 10 free throws) and junior guard Priscilla Rodriguez (17 points, 7 of 8 free throws).
Trailing by seven, 59-52, with 43 seconds left, Rodriguez hit her only 3-pointer of the game to cut Campell Hall’s lead to four points, but Campbell Hall’s Lauren Holiday and Nicole Tolbert combined to make three free throws to seal the victory for the Vikings.
“We did everything we could and actually had a game plan and followed it,” Cantwell first-year coach Jose Herrera said.
“Our game plan was to get Holiday out of her game and did that early,” said Herrera.
Holiday, who has been averaging over 20 points per game, and has committed to UCLA, was held to only five points.
The senior got into foul trouble in the first quarter and sat out most of the second and third periods.
“The difference is that we just didn’t make enough jump shots and had a lot of wide-open shots,” Herrera said.
Taking up the slack for Holiday was senior guard Tolbert with a game-high 26 points. She was 11 for 11 at the free-throw line.
Campbell Hall freshman guard Caroline Hull added 17 points for the Vikings.
Cantwell got into a big hole early, scoring only eight points in the first quarter, to trail 23-8. Tolbert scored 12 points in the second quarter to help the Vikings to their 15-point halftime lead.
“They (Cantwell) are a very good team and fought back to make it a game,” Campbell Hall coach Toya Holiday said.
Campbell Hall (12-1) won its 12th game in a row and will face Whittier in the semifinals today at 6:30p.m., while Cantwell falls to 7-7 and will face Paramount at 5 p.m. today in a consolation game.