Regents abuse Villanova 'Cats
By Jesse Phelps
The Villanova varsity girls' and boys'
basketball teams had a rough week. The girls lost to the Regents
from La Reina, 64-35.
Playing without some key weapons, Villanova was overmatched from
the get-go, but behind the rebounding of Alyssa Strom and Elizabeth
Clifton, kept the margin about the same in the fourth quarter.
The team committed an amazing 33 turnovers in only 32 minutes
of play, but shot well once they got near the hoop. Stephanie
De Santis scored 11 points to lead the lady Wildcats and Brittany
Smallwood added seven. Clifton added three points and seven boards.
The girls made up for it in a nonleague game at Malibu Monday
night. Katie Parziale returned to action in style, blocking four
shots and taking 11 rebounds. Caitlin Kirby led the 'Cats with
10 points including a the dramatic game winner in overtime. She
made two threes in helping Villanova even its season record at
De Santis and Lauren Van Keulen added eight points apiece in
Leading scorer and rebounding machine Djadji Daffe was on the
bench for the beginning of the boys' varsity game with Bishop
Diego on Saturday night but came in to contribute 12 points and
seven boards in a heartbreaking two-point defeat.
The Wildcats missed several chances to put the game away down
the stretch and the Cardinals came back to defeat Villanova on
its home floor 45-43. It was an exciting battle and Villanova
got a strong performance out of forward Nate Langelier, who consistently
came up with huge plays defensively.
Langelier blocked five shots but it wasn't enough. "We just
go back to the drawing board on Monday and try to get things
fixed up. We executed a lot, we did a lot of things the coach
told us to, we just didn't finish the game," he said.
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