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Video by Spencer Lee
The St. Monica Mariners did away with Loma Linda Academy on Thursday to advance to the second round of the CIF tournament.

Sports, St. Monica, Basketball, Video, Santa Monica, Pacifica Christian

St. Monica and Pacifica Christian Girls Advance

St. Monica's Melissa Maragnes (left) and Briana Harris (right) combined for 59 points and 25 rebounds in the Lady Mariners' CIF first round win over Loma Linda Academy on Thursday night.
Photo by Spencer Lee
St. Monica's Melissa Maragnes (left) and Briana Harris (right) combined for 59 points and 25 rebounds in the Lady Mariners' CIF first round win over Loma Linda Academy on Thursday night.

Local Teams Stay Alive

Posted Feb. 16, 2012, 4:32 pm

Spencer Lee / Videographer

The tallest girl on the floor for Loma Linda Academy was five-feet, nine inches tall.

At six-feet, two inches tall, St. Monica's Melissa Maragnes was too much for the Roadrunners. With her size and the tenacity of Briana Harris, the two-girl game let the Mariners run the table on Thursday night, downing Loma Linda 75-59.

Harris led the game with 33 points to go with 10 rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals. Maragnes followed up with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Katrina Balatico also contributed with eight points.

Despite the losing effort, Loma Linda's Caitlin Terukina kept the Roadrunners in the game with 20 points.

St. Monica will play at Milken on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Pacifica Christian played their way out of the wild card round on Thursday night with a 42-34 over Le Lycee.

Shanon Volpis led the Seawolves with 11 points while both Francesca Aguilera and Darielle Preston had nine points.

Pacifica will stay on the road for the first round of Div 5A against Desert Christian Academy on Saturday night.

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