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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.