Mater Dei girls shoot their way to victory


SANTA ANA - It's early in the 2012-13 girls basketball season, but Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan might have had the understatement of the season after the Monarchs defeated Huntington Park, 96-15, in a pool-play game at the Matt Dennig Hoops Classic on Wednesday night at Mater Dei High.

"We're going to shoot a lot of threes this year," Kiernan said after his players lit up the Spartans for a school-record 18 3-pointers. The previous single-game record for the Monarchs was 13.

"We're not a very big, physical team and we're really not a quick team, but we can shoot, so we are going to shoot a lot of threes. And it's all the way through the team. The bench shoots well. It's not just the starters. The bench shoots well."

Mater Dei had seven different players knock down 3-pointers. Stanford-bound Karlie Samuelson led the way with a game-high 22 points, including five three-pointers for the second consecutive game. Alli Brown was the only other starter with a 3-pointer.

The rest came from Mater Dei's reserves. Bianca Velasco drilled four 3-pointers, Ashley Veloso made three 3-pointers, Emily Crum and Kau'i Miki Han each had two 3-pointers and Madison Bartyczak made one 3-pointer.

"It seemed like everybody made a three tonight," Kiernan said. "It's something we work on. Every team you coach is different and this year's team is way different from the teams we've had in the past. I'm not saying it can't be as succesful. It will just be a different way to do it. We're trying things a different way, so we'll se how we do."

Samuelson's younger sister, Katie Lou Samuelson, a talented sophomore, and Khalia Lark, the OCVarsity sophomore of the year last season, did not play against Huntington Park. Katie Lou had a sore foot, but Kiernan said she is expected to play on Friday when the Monarchs are likely to plat Troy in a battle of the top two teams in the county for the tournament championship. Kiernan said Lark did not show up for the game against Huntington Park.

"I don't know what her status is right now," Kiernan said of Lark.

Top-ranked Mater Dei plays Cleveland of Reseda, which lost to Huntington Park, 31-25, on Tuesday, in a pool-play game on Thursday at 4:45 p.m.

In another Matt Denning Hoops Classic game:

Troy 98, Workman of City of Industry 28: Gabriella Hanson (Oregon State) scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Briana Roberson (Stanford) scored 15 points and had eight assists and Alecia Dimas (University of Denver) had 14 points as the second-ranked Warriors knocked off the Lobos in a pool-play game.

Troy plays St. Bernard (5-1) of Playa Del Rey in a pool-play game on Thursday at 7:45 p.m.

"St. Bernard will play up-tempo," Troy coach Roger Anderson said. "We need to handle (their) pressure and we will be OK. They beat the team (Workman) we played today by 19 points."

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