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March 11, 2009 > Moreau girls hoops season ends to Marin Catholic

Moreau girls hoops season ends to Marin Catholic

By Gary van den Heuvel

The Moreau Catholic girls basketball team saw their season come to a disappointing end on Wednesday, March 4, with a 66-53 loss to the Marin Catholic Wildcats in the semifinals of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division IV playoff tournament on Marin's home court in Kentfield.

This game pitted two teams who had some things in common: both teams are from Catholic schools; both were amongst the top three seeds in the NCS tourney (the Mariners being seeded third and Marin second); and both teams finished second in their respective leagues - their only two league losses coming to an undefeated league champion (Moreau's nemesis being Bishop O'Dowd and Marin's losses coming to first-place Branson).

Those commonalities pretty much ended at halftime, when the game was still tied. Marin roared out to a 19-10 third-quarter edge and from that point didn't look back to win by a comfortable 13-point margin.

Senior guard Leigh Stewart of Marin was explosive, leading all scorers with 26 points, followed by Nicole Anderson-Jew's 18 and Melissa Wise's 14.

The Mariners were led by Kayla Griffin's 17 points. USC-bound Alitta Boyd scored 10, as did Nivana Horsley.

The victory put Marin into the Div. IV final against top seed St. Mary's, and that didn't go too well for the Wildcats. St. Mary's won in a rout, 64-36. However, by getting to the NCS final, Marin has a second life, as they automatically advance to the CIF NorCal tournament.

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