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Salesian Pride vs Mitty Monarchs | Top Flight Elite Basketball Game of the Week

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Posted March 13, 2016 by in

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by: Ally Williams

Salesian brought the fight, the grit, and the excitement to the Open Division of the CIF State Girls Basketball Championships, as a 40-point performance from Minyon Moore helped the No. 6 Pride stay close and eventually beat No. 3 Archbishop Mitty 70-66 on Friday night.

Salesian Prep came in to Friday night’s game as the underdog against Mitty, the No. 5 ranked high school girls basketball program in the nation. Coach Stephen Pezzola knew it would be a battle, noting the Monarchs’ height and their talent both down low and beyond the arc. It was a war indeed, as Mitty kept a hold of the lead through the majority of the game and led by double digits several times, but the Pride of Salesian kept finding a way to come back and stay within reach. They stayed within three by halftime, then even with a seven-point deficit at the end of the third quarter, a high-scoring 25-14 fourth put Salesian ahead. Energy stayed high all game: it wasn’t even until a minute left in the game that the Pride could take the lead and hang on until the final buzzer.

Saying Moore played a key part in Salesian’s success would be an understatement; the 5-9 USC commit put up 40 of the Pride’s 70 points on Friday night, 13 of which came in that final quarter. She was a perfect ten-for-ten from the free throw line, and was able to both drive in and shoot the three to keep the Monarchs guessing all night.

Salesian will continue on to the Regional Semifinals on Tuesday night, where they will travel to Miramonte and face the No. 2 seed – and No. 7 nationally ranked – Matadors. Miramonte beat Brookside Christian 109-41 in the first round. Tip off at 7pm.


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