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 read more

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UK, Russian police team up to avoid World Cup trouble

first_imgThe fans “are keen on participating in disorder in Manchester,” Inspector Lee Cooklynn told a pre-game briefing at police headquarters five miles from the stadium in northwest England.Police held the group of around 60 in a car park and escorted them back onto a train before any trouble flared.The match was attended by around 75,000 people, including 1,270 CSKA fans and a delegation of Russian security officials, who visited police headquarters prior to the match.It marked the latest dialogue between the two countries’ police as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup.After decades of dealing with England’s infamous, but much-reduced, football hooligan culture, British commanders have strategies and tactics to share.Russia is grappling with its own hooligan problem and fears violence could overshadow the tournament next summer.Fighting between well-prepared Russian fans and English supporters marred their Euro 2016 game in Marseille, France, and both sides are eager to avoid a repeat next summer.Police officers with a dog ride in a FIFA 2018 World Cup themed metro train in Moscow © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVBritain and Russia may have tense political relations, but — in football policing at least — they are cooperating.“It’s an opportunity to build relationships and a rapport, explain to them how England fans are normally treated (and) how we would work the policing,” Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, Britain’s most senior officer in charge of football, told AFP in Manchester.“Clearly after what happened in Marseille and some of the other… issues that associate themselves with football in Russia, there is a potential issue.”– ‘Style and philosophy’ –Although football-related violence still occurs in Britain, it has been largely eradicated from stadiums.A combination of intelligence, stewarding, CCTV and laws allowing authorities to ban problem fans from travelling to games has helped, according to Chief Superintendent John O’Hare, who is in charge of football policing in Manchester.Police detain an England fan (C) following clashes between fans and police in Marseille, southern France, ahead of the Euro 2016 match between England and Russia © AFP/File / LEON NEAL“What we try and show them is a different policing style and philosophy,” he said after hosting the Russian delegation.“We’ve very much progressed from treating football fans as criminals, and treating them like animals sometimes, to understanding that the vast majority are thoroughly decent individuals.”The fact-finding missions have gone in both directions.British police travelled to Moscow earlier this year, when English teams played there without off-field incident.Roberts said officers will return during the World Cup, to a coordination centre and the cities of Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad, where England will play.Junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Titov earlier this month to discuss security.The British embassy in Moscow has also toured all 11 of the host cities to see safety and security preparations.Meanwhile Britain’s Foreign Office has launched a “be on the ball” campaign for up to 20,000 English fans expected, with tips and checks to “help avoid preventable problems”.Roberts hopes they will be “aware that you’re in a different culture”, minimising notoriously heavy drinking and rowdiness, and that Russian authorities mirror British police’s more hands-off approach.“But you’ve got to accept it is Russia, it is their policing style… and you need to cater your behaviour towards that,” he added.– ‘On people’s minds’ –Andy Mitten, editor of Manchester United’s fanzine, has watched British football policing improve over the decades, and is heartened Russian officials are taking note.“It’s very sophisticated and very successful now, and I think other police forces can learn from the British,” he said.Mitten, who has followed United to Russia on numerous occasions, believes fears of violence next summer are “overplayed”, citing a recent crackdown on hooligans by Russian President Vladimir Putin.“They know that if there are incidents of hooliganism, it will be reported and it will put such a black mark on the image of Russia,” he said.But with memories of Marseille and British tabloids warning of Russia’s “bloodthirsty hooligans”, some supporters are wary.“It’s definitely on people’s minds,” said Danny Kay, 27, from Bolton.“(Russian police) have got a pretty bad rep over here… I don’t think anyone would really have any confidence in them.”Russian fans in Manchester sounded more reassuring.“It’s safe — people are really friendly and I think everything will be fine,” said Angelika Chelysheva, a 27-year-old Moscovite.The match in Manchester — categorised as “medium-risk” for disorder –- passed off peacefully, with police making just two related arrests, for drunken behaviour.“It’s all in the planning really — that’s the key to the success of these operations,” said Chief Inspector Andy Sutcliffe, surveying Old Trafford’s busy, but peaceful, forecourt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000After decades of dealing with England’s infamous, but much-reduced, football hooligan culture, British police have strategies and tactics to share © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 17 – Ahead of a sell-out European football match, Manchester police tracked fans’ movements via CCTV and Russian security officials joined them in the control room to learn more about tactics.Officers, tipped off about a group of potentially disruptive supporters in the hours before last week’s Champions League clash between Manchester United and CSKA Moscow, moved swiftly to intercept them.last_img read more

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