Hart front court stops Marinacci

first_imgThat streak came to a halt against the vaunted Hart of Newhall front line, which held the 6-foot-1 post player to a season-low 14 points en route to a 50-44 Div. I-A quarterfinal victory. Tatianna Thomas had a game-high 16 points, and Megan Ford added 14 for the defending Div. I-A champion Indians (27-2), who denied Marinacci the ball in the post for much of the night with their 2-3 zone defense. SANTA ANA – Few teams have had much of an answer for Foothill High of Santa Ana girls’ basketball standout Christina Marinacci. Marinacci, a sophomore, entered Saturday night averaging 26 points and 11 rebounds and had scored at least 20points in 19 consecutive games. It was only the second time all season Marinacci had been held to fewer than 20 points for the Knights (22-7); her 19-point performance Dec. 16 accounted for her previous season low. The Indians’ front line included Thomas, Ford and KaLana Inemer, all starters on last season’s championship team and all legitimate weapons at both ends of the court. “(Marinacci) is the best sophomore I’ve seen this season. She’s a superstar,” Hart coach Dave Munroe said. “She was as good as advertised, but we did an excellent job on her defensively. “Our goal was to limit her to 13 points because that’s half of her season average. She scored 14, but I’m definitely pleased.” Britney Fitchpatrick contributed 10 points for Hart, which fell behind 12-9 with 3:32remaining in the first quarter, when Foothill’s Madison McKenney hit a 3-pointer from the right wing. center_img The Indians responded with a 17-2 run over the next eight minutes to take control of the game by halftime. Foothill cut an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to 48-44 with 20 seconds remaining, but Thomas hit a pair of free throws with 18seconds left and Hart held on for its 17th consecutive victory. “Experience came into play tonight, and we made sure we didn’t fold near the end,” said Thomas, who has committed to Oregon. “We let Foothill make two pretty decent runs, but we realize basketball is a game of runs. We’ve been here before, so we know how to get that momentum back.” The top-seeded Indians advance to face either No. 4 J.W. North of Riverside or No.5 Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the Div. I-A semifinals Tuesday at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch. [email protected] (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img