LA North & LA South: St. Anthony girls work the paint in D-V championship game

ONTARIO – The St. Anthony girls basketball team worked the paint and slowly pulled away in the second half of the CIF Southern California Division V championship game, beating Montclair Prep, 48-41, at Colony High School on Saturday.

St. Anthony of Long Beach made some tough outside shots in the first half to keep the game close.

But Kimberly Scamman hit a layup as time expired in the first half to give Montclair Prep a 20-19 lead.

St. Anthony outscored Montclair Prep, 16-10, in the third quarter. St. Anthony’s Kendall Cooper and Paris Lamar took advantage of their size and started scoring in the paint. Cooper scored 16 points and was five-for-nine from the field. Lamar scored four points, all in the third quarter, making her only two shots from inside the paint.

St. Anthony went up by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but Montclair Prep mounted a comeback after senior Chantel Dooley was hit in the face resulting in a bloody nose. She sat out nearly three minutes before returning to the game with a little over six minutes to play. She was fouled twice and hit three of four free throws to cut St. Anthony’s lead to seven. But that was as close as Montclair Prep would get.