Swordsmen recover from so-so first round to defend Camino Real title

St. Paul’s girls basketball team claimed its second consecutive outright Camino Real League title Tuesday when it traveled to St. Joseph and beat the Jesters 52-45. The Swordsmen closed their league schedule with a 6-2 mark and will now wait to learn who they’ll play in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs.
St. Paul held a very ordinary 2-2 league record after the first round of play, losing consecutive league games to St. Joseph (at home) and Cantwell-Sacred Heart. But the Swordsmen went 4-0 in the second round, avenging both first-round losses, and have won 11 of their last 13 games, At 21-7 overall, they are ranked No. 14 in 4AA.
St. Joseph (13-12, 4-3) held a seven-point halftime lead, but St. Paul opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run.
“We kind of took control,” said longtime coach Robert Miller, “and never trailed again.”
Adriana Gonzalez led the Swordsmen with 18 points and Clarissa Hernandez scored 12. Clarissa Perez and Tia Banks added excellent defense on the Jesters’ Ally Painter and Dominique Culnho, especially after halftime.
“We made some plays (at the end) and did a good job defending the pick-and-roll, which we didn’t do last time (a 61-59 St. Joseph victory),” said Miller. “I’m very proud of them.”
The Swordsmen will learn their playoff opponent when the pairings are released Sunday. Division 4AA features defending State Division 4 champion Serra (No. 1) and defending State Open Division finalist Windward (No. 2).

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  • Karen Patrick

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  • Curious George

    Whats happening with the Swordsman football and baseball programs? Does anyone know hoe they might look this season? I know the baseball program has been struggling and football has took a hit for 2 straight years.

  • InTheKnow

    The reason St. Paul is struggling is because of poor leadership in the administration and poor leadership in the athletics program. Just because people are nice doesn’t make them qualified to run a school or an athletics program. Kate Aceves is way in over her head at St. Paul as is athletic director Casey Morales, they only had 9 freshman playing baseball. No one wants to play for that coach. Academically the school is a tragedy. SP is losing football players to Salesian when has that ever happened.

    • MoreInTheKnow

      The Lady Swordsman basketball team went 22-8 with a league championship this past season. Not bad for a team with one Senior starter.
      They were moved up to a tougher Division 4AA for the CIF playoffs.
      Also, St. Paul didn’t lose playerS to Salesian, just one player. He’ll realize his mistake next season, but we wish him the best.