Local Schools Compete in December Tournaments

(Photos by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) - La Salle College Preparatory sophomore Kaden Cortes finished with eight points and three rebounds to help the Lancers win a nonleague game at La Cañada.

First published in the Dec. 29 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The La Salle College Preparatory varsity girls’ basketball team recently swept its own tournament to remain undefeated this season, ending with a 55-42 victory over Saugus last Thursday.
Last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA champions picked up right where they left off and improved to 15-0 overall. By comparison, the 2021-22 varsity squad posted a 13-2 overall record through its first 15 games.
The Lancers routed visiting Immaculate Heart High of Los Angeles, 56-18, on the second day of tournament play last Wednesday.
La Salle opened the tournament with a 55-21 victory over visiting Temescal Canyon High of Lake Elsinore last Tuesday. Freshman Casey Higgins racked up 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist while senior Reese Wong poured in 10 with points and three assists. Junior Audrey Chen registered seven points, three steals and one assist, senior Ellie Chen finished with six points, four boards, one steal and one assist, and junior Aubrey Ramos scored six points with one assist. Sophomore Kaden Cortes tallied four points, four steals, two assists and two rebounds, freshman Julianne Tan recorded two points, four assists and one steal, and freshmen Aliyah Casas and Catherine De Los Reyes produced two points and one board. Junior Avery Ward collected 12 rebounds, senior Lauren Cardenas scored two points, and senior Meghan Christensen had one board.
The Lancers previously picked up a 52-14 nonleague victory at La Cañada as Chen racked up 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and one steal. Higgins registered eight points, eight boards and one steal while Cortes finished with eight points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist. Wong scored six points with three assists and two steals while Ramos tallied six points, one steal and one board. Tan recorded four points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, De Los Reyes produced three points, three board and one assist, and Christensen had one rebound.
La Salle will open Del Rey League action at St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m., before visiting San Clemente for a nonleague game on Thursday, Jan. 5.


Flintridge Prep sophomore Olivia Childs helped the Wolves win a tournament game over Holy Martyrs Armenian last week.

The Wolves filled in at the La Salle tournament and defeated Holy Martyrs Armenian High of Encino, 62-47, last Thursday, as senior captain Ashley Chea amassed 32 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Freshman Maddie Smith poured in 11 points, four assists and three steals while freshman Akemi Fu registered 10 points and four boards. Junior captain Izzie Chan scored five points while junior Kassidy Huie and sophomore Olivia Childs each had two points.
Flintridge Prep routed visiting Mayfield Senior of Pasadena, 70-10, to remain undefeated in Prep League action as Chea registered 20 points eight rebounds and five steals. Smith racked up a double-double with 16 points, 13 boards and eight assists, Fu posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore Gigi Mastras tallied eight points and six boards.
The Wolves previously won a league game at Rio Hondo Prep in Arcadia, 57-31. Chea racked up 23 points and nine steals, Smith poured in 15 points with seven rebounds, and Fu registered eight points and 12 boards. Mastras finished with four points, three boards, two assists and one steal, Childs tallied three points, four rebounds and three steals, and Kassidy Huie produced two points, three assists and one board. Chan posted two rebounds and one assist, freshman Pressley Huie had one steal, and junior Catherine Baldocchi collected one board.
Flintridge Prep (12-1 overall, 3-0 in league) finished competing in the La Cañada tournament this week and will visit Village Christian High in Sun Valley for a nonleague game on Wednesday, Jan. 11.


Mayfield Senior sophomore Kristen Awakuni recorded 13 points to help the Cubs defeat Palos Verdes Chadwick in a Prep League game.

The Cubs recently lost at Flintridge Prep in La Cañada Flintridge, 70-10, in a Prep League game. Sophomore Kristen Awakuni scored four points while junior Erin Michelena, junior Annika Mashiko and sophomore Christine Ellis each had two points.
Mayfield previously defeated visiting Palos Verdes Chadwick in a league game, 50-46. Sophomore Jenna Domingo racked up 14 points while Awakuni poured in 13 points. Ellis registered eight points, Michelena scored seven points, junior Elisa Milkie tallied four points and junior Maia Mashiko finished with two points.
The Cubs (4-7 overall, 1-1 in league) will resume league action by hosting Providence High of Burbank on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m.


Maranatha High School’s Lara Kasbarian amassed a team-high 29 points to help the Minutemen defeat California Academy of Math & Science of Carson in a tournament game last week.

The Minutemen recently competed in the La Salle tournament and finished with a 1-2 record.
Maranatha defeated California Academy of Math & Science of Carson, 58-25, in a tournament game, as Lara Kasbarian amassed 29 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Aleen Avanessian poured in 11 points with four boards and two steals, Kayla Sartin registered four points, five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal, and Lori Derderian scored four points with five assists, two boards and one steal. Clair Timour finished with four points, three steals and one rebound, Charlotte Yee tallied three points and three boards, and Danielle Babikian recorded three points and one assist. Anna Khroian collected six rebounds while Pressley Tanaka had two steals.
The Minutemen lost a tournament game to Saugus, 79-23, as Kasbarian poured in nine points with two rebounds and one steal. Sartin recorded five points with five boards, Yee registered four points, two rebounds and one assist, and Derderian tallied three points, three assists, one steal and one board. Babikian scored two points, Avanessian collected one assist and one rebound, and Timour had one board.
Maranatha also lost a tournament game against Temescal Canyon High of Lake Elsinore, 60-26, as Kasbarian racked up 19 points, seven rebounds, one block and one assist. Derderian tallied four points, eight boards, two assists and one steal, Sartin finished with two points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one assist, and Yee scored one point with two steals, two assists and one board. Avanessian collected five rebounds, Babikian produced one steal, Tanaka had one assist and Khroian posted one board.
The Minutemen (5-9 overall) finished competing in the San Diego tournament this week and will open Olympic League action at Village Christian High in Sun Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m.


Westridge School junior Sarah Kong averaged 13 points in a pair of Prep League games as the Tigers moved to 1-7 overall.

The Tigers lost to visiting Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia, 43-37, in a Prep League game as junior Sarah Kong racked up 15 points. Sophomore Jaedyn Tsang registered seven points while sophomore Ariana Epstein finished with five points. Sophomore Lauren Lauderdale and freshman Angela Li each scored four points while freshman Isabel De Leon had two points.
Westridge previously lost a nonleague game against visiting Monrovia, 37-21. Kong poured in 11 points, De Leon recorded eight points and Lauderdale tallied two points.
The Tigers (1-7 overall, 0-3 in league) will resume league action by hosting Providence High of Burbank on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 5 p.m.


Prior to this week, the Panthers had been idle since losing to Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy of La Cañada Flintridge in a tournament game on Dec. 10.
Poly (6-3 overall, 1-0 in league) are competing in the Burroughs tournament this week before hosting Oakwood High of North Hollywood in a nonleague game on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 5:15 p.m. The Panthers will resume Prep League action at Mayfield Senior on Tuesday, Jan. 10.


The Tologs have been idle since defeating host Polytechnic in a tournament game on Dec. 10. FSHA (6-7 overall) will finish competing in the Fight for the Height Tournament this week before opening Angelus League action at Louisville High in Woodland Hills on Thursday, Jan. 5.