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January 28, 2009 > Hayward Area basketball roundup

Hayward Area basketball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

The Moreau Catholic High School girls basketball team continued their run at the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) title with a 3-0 week, two of those wins coming against league opponents.

The Mariners began the week with a January 21, 63-50, home-court victory over the Hayward Farmers. The game wasn't even as close as the final score implied - Moreau dominated early and after three quarters had a lead of 54-30, before coasting home in the fourth. Kayla Griffin led all scorers with 17 points for the winners; Alitta Boyd popped in 11; Stephanie Carnes scored 10; and Kristen Segismundo had 9 for Moreau. The Farmers were led by Jazmine Duenas' 12 points; Nailah Davis scored 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds for Hayward.

Next up for Moreau was a 70-48 throttling of San Lorenzo on the Rebels' home court. Griffin, again, led the Mariners, this time with 21 points, while Segismundo (14 points), Carnes (12) and Megan Scully (10) all scored in double digits.

After a nonleague, 64-61, road win over Acalanes (Lafayette), Moreau is perched in second place in the HAAL with a 7-1 record, a half game behind Bishop O'Dowd, who is 7-0 in the league. Moreau's only league defeat this season was to O'Dowd, but the Mariners will have a chance at revenge, and possibly first place, on January 29 when the two teams meet again on Moreau's home court.

Hayward's girls team bounced back from the loss to Moreau with a 57-42 home win over the Tennyson Lancers. Nailah Davis was nothing short of dominant in this game, scoring 20 points to go with her 20 rebounds and four steals; Vanessa Washington had five steals along with nine points; and Jazmine Duenas scored nine for the Farmers. Tennyson was led by Tonisha Lacey's 17 points.

The Farmers, after a slow start in nonleague games, are right in the middle of the HAAL, pack with a 4-4 league record, tied for fourth with Arroyo.

Hayward's boys team jump-started their momentum after a two-game slide last week knocked them from a share of first place. Hayward broke the losing streak with a 74-53 thumping of Moreau. Keith Martin led Hayward with 20 points; Davion Berry contributed 15; and Jabreed Nasir had 11. Andy Mitchell had 17 points for Moreau (3-16, 2-6 in league).

A 34-20 second half against Tennyson cinched the game for Hayward in a 68-49 win on January 23 at Hayward. Berry dropped 17 points in the winning effort, and Martin added 16. For Tennyson, 6-foot-2 sophomore, Hammed Ali, scored 20.

Hayward's two victories put them at 6-2 in league play (11-6 overall), tied for third with Bishop O'Dowd (who beat Hayward last week), two full games behind undefeated league leader, Castro Valley.

In other HAAL games, the Tennyson boys team (7-11, 2-6 in league) dethroned the Mt. Eden Monarchs (6-10, 1-6 league), 58-41. Hammed Ali scored 20 for the Lancers, who raced out to a 19-2 first quarter lead, and Qaadir Ali added 18. Antoine McKinzie led the Monarchs with 18 points. Tennyson's girls team (5-13, 1-7 league) made it a clean sweep with a 52-34 win over Mt. Eden (6-10, 1-6).

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