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Chaminade girls basketball earns valuable win over Alemany in Mission League

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WEST HILLS — Chaminade girls basketball coach Megan Kelso called a timeout early in the first quarter, just after Alemany had jumped into a lead.

She urged her team to be patient, ease into things. The Eagles listened, recovered and beat the Warriors 70-65 for a valuable Mission League win Thursday night.

Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo, #14, drives around Alemany’s Lauren Arce, #3, during first period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Alondra Lizama, #21, gets a rebound from Chaminade’s Alanna Neale, #00, and Payton Montgomery, #23, during first period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Payton Montgomery, #23, and Alemany’s Khali Sowell, #15, go after a rebound during third period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Jasmine Garcia, #14, fouls Chaminade’s Hunter Hudson, #11, during first period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Hunter Hudson, #11, shoots for tow points during third period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Kate Hackney, #23, shoots for two points as Chaminade’s Amia Witt, #4, and Hunter Hudson, #11, defend on the play during fourth period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Alyssa Saldana, #1, dives after a loose ball as Alemany’s Leila Boykin, #42, and Jasmine Garcia, #14, look on during first period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Amirah Muhammad, #1, passes out through Chaminade’s Addison Keenan, #24, and Alyssa Saldana, #1, during second period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Alyssa Saldana, #1, shoots for two point as Alemany’s Alondra Lizama, #21, defends on the play during third period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Alanna Neale, #00, trys to keep the ball from Alemany’s Khali Sowell, #15, during second period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Alondra Lizama, #21, and Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo, #14, go after a rebound during second period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo, #14, shoots for two points as Alemany’s Kate Hackney, #23, defends on the play during second period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Leila Boykin, #42, pulls a rebound from Chaminade’s Alyssa Saldana, #1, and Natalie Patrick-Aguiar, #5, during third period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Madeleine Boquiren, #32, and Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo, #14, go after a loose ball during first period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Payton Montgomery, #23, and Alemany’s Kate Hackney, #23, go after a rebound during third period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Amirah Muhammad, #1, drives through Chaminade’s Hunter Hudson, #11, and Natalie Patrick-Aguiar, #5, during fourth period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Alanna Neale, #00, and Alemany’s Madeleine Boquiren, #32, go after a loose Ball during third period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Khali Sowell, #15, and Chaminade’s Amia Witt, #4, go after a loose ball during fourth period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo, #14, and Alemany’s Leila Boykin, #42, go to the floor for a rebound during fourth period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alemany’s Amirah Muhammad, #1, drives to the basket as Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo, #14, and Hunter Hudson, #11, defend on the play during fourth period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Amia Witt, #4, fouls Alemany’s Kate Hackney, #23, during a shot attempt during fourth period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Chaminade’s Alyssa Saldana, #1, steals the ball from Alemany’s Kate Hackney, #23, during fourth period action at Chaminade Thursday, January 12, 2023. Chaminade defeated Alemany 70-65 in their Mission League Match up. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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“We definitely got punched in the mouth first,” Kelso said, “but it’s always how you respond and it’s OK. They just have to get with the game plan and the rest usually takes care of itself.”

Foul trouble had limited Chaminade in the opening quarter and Alemany (11-8, 1-3 Mission League) pushed its lead to 10 points.

With 40 seconds left in the quarter, Laila Carrillo’s block forced a turnover and allowed Natalie Patrick-Aguiar to go in for a layup. Patrick-Aguiar added two more points on a layup on Chaminade’s next possession, but the Eagles (10-9, 2-2) still trailed 18-14.

Although the Warriors continued to tack on points with free throws, the Eagles battled back to take a 35-32 lead at halftime.

Aliya Latif hit a 3-pointer that gave Chaminade the advantage with roughly three minutes until the break.

Hunter Hudson extended that lead to 35-30 with a layup and Patrick-Aguiar sprinkled in shots to finish with a team-high 12 points.

The Eagles had their best shooting night statistically from beyond the arc, according to Kelso. Alemany’s team, which features eight freshmen, couldn’t respond as the game wore on.

“We’re going through those growing pains,” coach Jeff Dosado said. “We’re extremely talented and as you go up a level, the adjustment physically, mentally, emotionally has an impact on you.”

Addison Keenan hit a deep 3-pointer with one second left in the third quarter to put Chaminade up 51-48 and give the Eagles the momentum they needed to head into the final period with confidence.

“Our 3s were great tonight,” said Carrillo, who finished with nine points. “We felt confident. We had a good warm-up before the game. We were letting those things fly and we were making them.”

Six Chaminade players made a 3-point shot. Amia Witt drained one with three minutes left in the game to give her team a 62-56 lead.

Chaminade is back in the win column after falling to Marlborough, while Alemany is now on a two-game losing streak.

Both teams had identical league records heading into the matchup, and the win held significant value in a competitive Mission League that’s led by Sierra Canyon.

“In the Mission League, there’s going to be a logjam,” Kelso said. “Obviously we know who’s at the top and the rest of us are going to be fighting with everything we have to finish second.”

 

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