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Prep Girls Basketball Playoffs: Hawks lose to No. 1 seed again
VICTORVILLE • The road to state in girls basketball runs through Silverado, or so the running joke at the school goes.
It’s a joke created because the Hawks have had a run of incredibly tough second-round opponents in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in recent history.
This year was no different.
Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in the entire country in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 Writers’ Poll and No. 2 in the MaxPreps.com National Rankings, quickly dispatched Silverado 78-25 on Thursday evening in the second round of the Division 1AA playoffs.
“They definitely are a contender,” Silverado coach Tyrone Brown said. “I give them all the credit. They played hard. They deserved to win today.”
It was the third straight year Silverado has faced the No. 1 seeded team in the second round of the playoffs. The Hawks have lost those games by an average of 41 points.
“When the girls showed up here today my whole thing was just don’t be afraid,” Brown said. “Just be ready to play. Make them defend us. Make them show us why they are No. 1. I was pleased with that.”
The teams previously met at the Mater Dei Matt Denning Hoop Classic in December. Mater Dei (27-0) won that contest 91-43.
Although the Monarchs’ margin of victory increased Thursday, the Hawks (18-9) came away feeling much better.
“This time we weren’t as intimidated as the first,” said Silverado sophomore forward Anita Romero, who finished with eight points. “We actually did more even though we lost by a lot. We came out stronger than the first time. Last time we were just crappy.”
Brown agreed that his team played a much better game this time. They were aggressive at least in spurts. Early on the Hawks flashed moments of good defense, stopping the Monarchs on their opening possession and then nearly taking a 2-0 lead to open the game. However, Jordyn Shane’s basket was waved off for a charging call.
Mater Dei proceeded to jump out to a 8-2 lead and grabbed a 27-12 lead after the first quarter off an aggressive press and a fastbreak offense. Six-foot-three sophomore Katie Samuelson, who is ranked as a 5-star prospect and the No. 2 prospect in the entire nation for the class of 2015 by ESPN, helped fuel the Monarchs, scoring 10 of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter while giving the Hawks problems inside and outside.
Her older sister Karlie Samuelson, who is committed to Stanford, scored 13 points for the Monarchs.
Mater Dei completely shut down Silverado after taking a 51-20 lead into the locker room. The Hawks made just two field goals and scored five points in the second half.
Although Brown will lose leading scorer Ebony Black-Smith, who he said was nearing 500 points for the season, the Hawks sport a young roster with seven sophomores and a junior returning. Black-Smith led the Hawks with 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Brown said he’s happy to hear the squad already thinking about the tournaments they want to play during the summer.
“I’m enthused about the team,” Brown said. “I’m glad they have a no-fear mentality. We have a very, very bright future. They are very determined to move on.”
MATER DEI (78)
Kat. Samuelson 18, Kar. Samuelson 13, Brown 11, Woods 10, Velasco 9, Allen 6, Langston 5, Crum 2, Rosenblum 2, Miki-Han 2.
Black-Smith 10, Romero 8, Shane 3, Haller 2, Leonard 1, Lewis 1.
Mater Dei 27 24 17 10 — 78
Silverado 12 6 2 3 — 25
3-point field goals — Mater Dei 9 (Kat. Samuelson 4, Velasco 3, Brown 2); Silverado none. Technical foul — Williams (S).
Matthew Peters can be reached at email@example.com or (760) 955-5365.