Sierra Canyon girls basketball wins tournament, other teams have big performances

The holiday break, for many people, means less work and more relaxation. High school girls basketball teams, however, were grinding away at holiday tournaments in preparation for their respective league seasons.

Here’s how some teams from the Daily News coverage area fared in tournament play:


Sierra Canyon won the highest division — the Platinum Division — of the West Coast Jamboree, which was held last week in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Trailblazers (13-1) went unbeaten in the eight-team bracket and beat Folsom 68-57 in the championship game.

They defeated Sage Hill 81-57 in the semifinals and were led by Mackenly Randolph’s 25 points. Sophomore Jerzy Robinson recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Izela Arenas scored 15 points and Emilia Krstevski added 13 points.

Randolph was named the tournament MVP and Robinson and Krstevski were both named all-tournament.

Chaminade (8-5) and Harvard-Westlake (4-12) competed in the West Coast Jamboree in the Diamond Division, which was the second-highest division.

Chaminade lost to Clovis, a CIF Central Section semifinalist last season, in the championship game.

Harvard-Westlake played two games in the tournament and lost to Clovis and Kinkaid. Canyon (8-10 overall, 3-0 in Foothill League) went 2-1 in the Turquoise Division.


Notre Dame won its last three games in the West Coast Holiday Tournament, held at Burroughs High School.

The Knights (10-4) scored 26 points in the fourth quarter to beat Orangewood 66-57 in its final game of the tournament.

Natalie Villamor scored 19 points in the game and added six assists. Natalie Trujillo chipped in 10 points and six rebounds and Amia Witt logged nine points and 12 rebounds.

Trinity Classical Academy (13-3) dropped only one game in the tournament, which was to the host team, Burroughs. The Knights edged Providence 59-57 to close out play on Saturday and were led by Emma Schaaf’s 31 points and 19 rebounds. The senior was an all-tournament selection.

Iris Weber had nine points and six rebounds in the game and Cassady Freude had eight points and nine rebounds, including the buzzer-beating game-winner.


Village Christian went 3-1 to finish second in the Premier Division of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic held last week in San Diego.

Bryanne Lopez-Wood was named to the all-tournament team after the Crusaders (12-2) beat Acalanes 73-69 on the last day of the tournament. Lopez-Wood tallied 16 points, six assists and seven rebounds in the game.

Alanna Neale had 33 points and 12 rebounds. Madison Mulligan added 13 points and five assists.

Oak Park (6-7) went 4-0 as it won the NCAA Gold Division and Valencia was 1-3 in the FIBA Gold Division.

The Vikings (7-11 overall, 3-1 in Foothill League) beat Foothill (Nevada), 48-35, a game in which Cara McKell scored 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Keira McLaughlin scored 11 points and added three steals. Diana Reyes totaled five points and four steals and Kaydence Johnson grabbed five steals.


Birmingham Charter was the only team representing California in the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Florida, from Dec. 20-22.

The Patriots (9-4) came in fourth place in their bracket and had a standout game against Corbin (Kentucky). Sammy Velasquez scored a team-high 16 points to go with three assists and four steals, DeeDee Berry logged 12 points and 10 rebounds and Nat Lopez had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.


Chatsworth was 2-2 in the Santa Clara Tournament with wins over Frontier and Foothill Tech and losses to Camarillo and Oxnard.

The Chancellors (13-4) begin West Valley League play against Birmingham on Jan. 10.

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