Cheyenne Allen (24) gets a steal from Silverado's Jordyn Shane Tuesday night at Mater Dei High School. Mater Dei teammate Bianca Velasco looks on.

Mater Dei girls put up 91 points in victory


SANTA ANA — Just one day after the Mater Dei boys basketball team broke the century mark en route to a huge victory, the Monarchs girls basketball team showed it can score the ball, too.

Mater Dei defeated Silverado of Victorville, 91-43, Tuesday night behind 28 points from Karlie Samuelson in the first round of the Matt Denning Hoops Classic at Mater Dei.

When asked if his team was inspired by the boys teams' performance, Mater Dei head coach Kevin Kiernan didn’t mince words when saying, “Absolutely not.”

“We’re a good shooting team,” he said. “When we’re making (3-pointers) we’re going to score.”

Kiernan went on to say that Mater Dei (5-0) might live or die by the three, but on this occasion, the 3-point shot paced its attack.

The Monarchs caught fire from behind the arc as they connected on 11, five of which belonged to Samuelson.

Thirteen Mater Dei players cracked the box score, and as Kiernan said, the Monarchs would get open looks if they were making smart decisions.

“(Silverado) is a quick, athletic team, and we wanted to make sure we took care of the ball,” he said. “If we broke their press, took care of the ball, and made the extra pass, we knew we were going to get some (3-pointers).”

Despite the large margin of victory, Kiernan was unhappy with the Monarchs' defense.

“We’re not as good of a pressing team as we were last year,” he said. “We’re trying to get better and tougher at our half-court defense.”

Katie Lou Samuelson finished with 14 points, while Andee Velasco added 11.

Anita Romero and Ebony Black-Smith each had 15 points for Silverado (1-5).

Mater Dei will be back in action Wednesday night against Huntington Park at 7:45 p.m.

See archived 'Sports' stories »

Other Varsity coverage:
Inland Empire
Search Players


St. John Bosco 47, JSerra 19 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Westminster 21, Orange 14 - 01:00 2nd QT - Completed


Mater Dei 26, St. John Bosco 21 - 07:00 4th QT - Completed


Troy 15, Fullerton 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Servite 42, Orange Lutheran 49 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Laguna Hills 41, Templeton 28 - 02:23 4th QT - Completed


Aliso Niguel 10, Capistrano Valley 43 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Trabuco Hills 0, Mission Viejo 68 - 07:28 4th QT - Completed


Yorba Linda 27, Foothill 9 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Los Alamitos 62, Fountain Valley 7 - 02:06 2nd QT - Completed