Recent Rio Hondo League opponents have found it tough to score efficiently against the San Marino High girls’ basketball team.
The Titans bounced back from consecutive league losses with a pair of comfortable victories over Blair and Monrovia high schools as the regular season approaches its end.
In the games against the Vikings and Wildcats, the Titans held both teams to single-digit scoring in each quarter.
In San Marino’s 48-21 victory against Monrovia on Jan. 24 at home, junior Kailey Woo finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, senior Chloe Lin scored 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and five steals, and senior Malia Yu recorded 13 rebounds.
The Wildcats were held to four points in the first quarter, five in the second, seven in the third quarter, and five in the final frame.
Following their win over Monrovia, the Titans came away with a 61-20 triumph over Blair in Pasadena on Jan. 26. Yu led the way with 13 points, nine rebounds and five steals. San Marino freshman Giuliana Reitzell added 10 points and brought down eight rebounds.
San Marino outscored Blair, 13-2, after the opening frame, and held the Vikings to six points in the second, nine in the third and just three points in the final quarter.
The Titans faced Temple City on Jan. 30 in a battle for third place in the Rio Hondo League standings, with results to be included in the next issue of the San Marino Tribune. The Titans will cap their campaign on Feb. 1 in a home game against La Cañada.
San Marino is ranked No. 13 in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA polls released Jan. 29. Playoff brackets and pairings will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 12:30 p.m., with first-round matchups starting Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Titans Boys’ Basketball
Can’t Shake Off Blair
A double-digit win against Monrovia saw San Marino High boys’ basketball end a two-game skid, and the Titans looked to carry that momentum in a Rio Hondo League game against Blair High in Pasadena on Jan. 26.
However, the Vikings held off San Marino as the Titans suffered a narrow 84-81 defeat.
San Marino had five players finish in double-digit scoring, led by sophomore Nicholas Chen with 19 points. Titans senior Bobby Reyes added 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, senior Jayden Tse tacked on 13 points, senior Jack Fuerst finished with 12 points and six rebounds, and junior Mitch Mooney scored 11 points and hauled in six rebounds.
Following back-to-back league losses, the Titans rebounded with a 61-45 victory against Monrovia on Jan. 24.
With the loss to Blair, San Marino slipped to an overall 20-6 record and a 3-5 mark in league play. The Titans are ranked No. 7 according to the latest CIF Southern Section Division III-A polls released Jan. 29.
San Marino still has a lot to play for ahead of a potential postseason berth. The Titans played Temple City on Jan. 30 in their penultimate league game, and will close out the Rio Hondo League campaign against La Cañada on Feb. 1.
Playoff brackets and pairings will be announced at noon on Sunday, Feb. 4, with wildcard rounds beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6. First-round matchups start Wednesday, Feb. 7.
First published in the Feb. 1 issue of the San Marino Tribune