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Mater Dei girls, as usual, crush top opponent
SANTA ANA – It is almost becoming routine for Mater Dei's girls basketball team.
The Monarchs have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, but they continue to win games by huge margins.
Mater Dei made Oaks Christian of Westlake Village its latest victim with a 74-46 victory on Friday night in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei.
Oaks Christian's Meghan McIntyre tried to match the Samuelson sisters, Karlie and Katie Lou, in the 3-point department and that's never a winning strategy against Mater Dei. McIntyre knocked down four 3-pointers, including three from NBA distance, but it's not just the Samuelson sisters who can hit 3s for the Monarchs. Mater Dei's lineup is loaded with 3-point shooters.
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Oaks Christian, ranked No. 20 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, is one of the top contenders in CIF-SS Division 4AA, but found itself completely overmatched against Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 1 in the nation by ESPN.
The Monarchs have found their groove with sophomore point guard Andee Velasco running the offense and the Samuelson sisters doing their thing.
But the team defense is what the Monarchs have elevated since the beginning of the season.
Velasco finished with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and three assists, Karlie Samuelson had 13 points, including two 3-pointers, and Katie Lou Samuelson had 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds to lead Mater Dei.
Oaks Christian was led by McIntyre and Beth Mounier. McIntyre had 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mounier had 20 points.
Mater Dei improved to 23-0, while Oaks Christian dropped to 17-6.
Mater Dei's next game is against No. 5 Orange Lutheran in a Trinity League game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei High.
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