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Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders continue rampage through Mesa League girls basketball circuit Phillip Brents | Fri, Feb 03 2012 04:54 PM

The Mater Dei Catholic High School girls basketball team appears to have successfully reloaded after winning the Division IV state championship in 2009. The Crusaders, ranked third among San Diego Section teams, defeated host Bonita Vista, 69-36, on Wednesday to improve to 5-0 in league play, 14-5 overall.

Alexandria Young paced MDC to its latest victory by scoring 18 points while teammates Kandiss Barber and Brittani Lusain each contributed 15 points and Cardedra Evans scored 11 points.

Ashley Quidolet led Bonita Vista (2-3 in league, 14-9 overall) with 12 points.

The Crusaders took charge from the opening tip-off against the Barons with a 14-5 first quarter run and put the game away with an 18-5 breakaway run in the third quarter.

Scoring leaders for MDC include Evans (13.5 points per game) Barber (12.8 ppg), Young (11.4 ppg) and Lusain (10.4 ppg).

None of the Mesa League leaders’ first round games have been close on the scoreboard. The Crusaders topped Otay Ranch, 73-31, last Friday after dunking Olympian, 60-34, two days earlier. MDC improved to 2-0 in league play in as many starts after squashing Hilltop by a 74-28 score on Jan. 20.

The Crusaders appear to have received the respect due them so far this season.

The team’s losses this season have come against San Jose Archbishop Mitty (58-50), Highlands Ranch from Colorado (52-50), Gardena Serra (69-68) and Concord Carondelet (61-48).

Serra (19-3) entered the week ranked third overall in the state.

MDC is currently working on a seven-game winning streak heading into Friday’s game at Eastlake (4-1 in league play, 21-2 overall).

The Titans, behind a team-high 12 points from Trianna Arrelola-Owen, defeated Olympian, 46-42, on Wednesday to remain in championship contention.

However, if Friday’s game turns out the same way it did the first time (a 62-28 Crusader victory on Jan. 18), it would seem that Mater Dei Catholic would have this year’s league title all but wrapped up.

The next step would be the San Diego Section playoffs that tip off Feb. 22. The Crusaders’ only worry: Both teams ranked ahead of them are also in the same enrollment division.

Top-ranked La Jolla Country Day (21-1) is ranked currently ranked second in the division in the state (behind L.A. Windward) while Bishop’s, ranked second among San Diego Section teams with a 15-6 record, entered the week ranked ninth in the division in the state.

Other top teams in the section include fourth-ranked Mission Bay (16-5, Division III), fifth-ranked La Costa Canyon (18-3, Division II), sixth-ranked San Diego (17-5, Division I), seventh-ranked Poway (17-5, Division I), eighth-ranked Serra (17-5, Division II), ninth-ranked Mt. Miguel (17-5, Division III) and 10th-ranked Eastlake (Division I).

Also making moves toward the top this season are West Hills (16-5, Division II), Monte Vista (19-7, Division II), Granite Hills (22-3, Division I), Mt. Carmel (18-5, Division II), Cathedral Catholic (11-6, Division III) and Valley Center (20-2, Division III).

The Division IV section championship game is scheduled March 3 at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion at 9:30 a.m.

The complete division finals schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 2

Division V girls, 2 p.m.
Division V boys, 4 p.m.
Division II girls, 6:05 p.m.
Division II boys, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 3
Division IV girls, 9:30 a.m.
Division IV boys, 11:15 a.m.
Division III girls, 1 p.m.
Division III boys, 2:45 p.m.
Division I girls, 6:05 p.m.
Division I boys, 8:05 p.m.

Eastlake hosted Sweetwater on Jan. 28 in a high profile non-league match-up pitting teams near the top of both the Mesa League and South Bay League standings.

Eastlake captured the highlight contest, 50-42, behind 17 points from Arreloa-Owen, 15 points from Darrian Castillo and 10 points from Taylor Smalley.

Mesa League Standings
Mater Dei Catholic 5-0 in league, 14-5 overall
Eastlake Titans 4-1 in league, 21-2 overall
Olympian Eagles 3-2 in league, 10-10 overall
Bonita Vista 2-3 in league, 14-9 overall
Otay Ranch 1-4 in league, 8-13 overall
Hilltop 0-5 in league, 4-15 overall

South Bay League hoopla
Sweetwater and Chula Vista remained on a collision course for rights to this year’s South Bay League championship by each picking up wins on Wednesday.

The Red Devils entered the week still undefeated in league play while the Spartans sank Mar Vista, 48-28, to keep stride.

The teams square off on Wednesday (Feb. 8) at 6 p.m. at Chula Vista High School.

The Red Devils edged the Spartans, 40-35, in a first-round league game played Jan. 18 at SUHi.

Maria Tinajero led CV with 17 points against Mar Vista while teammate Sierra Thomas poured in 15 points.

Anessa Wolfblack leads the Spartans with a 14.9 scoring average.

South Bay League Standings
Sweetwater Red Devils 7-0 in league, 12-7 overall
Chula Vista Spartans 6-1 in league, 11-9 overall
Castle Park Trojans 6-2 in league, 8-8 overall
Montgomery Aztecs 3-4 in league, 7-13 overall
San Ysidro Cougars 2-5 in league, 5-7 overall
Southwest Raiders 1-7 in league, 3-18 overall
Mar Vista Mariners 1-7 in league, 2-17 overall

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