The Malibu High School varsity girls basketball team played two Frontier League games, beating the Santa Paula Cardinals 57-22 at the Cardinals’ gym, then losing to Carpinteria 43-22 on the Malibu court.
In the victory at Santa Paula, guard Danielle Bush led Malibu in scoring with 24 points. She scored in every quarter, and made six of eight three-point shot attempts. Freshman twins Marie and Helena Vazelakis helped the Sharks with 11 and eight points, respectively. The Sharks exhibited energy from the start of the game and maintained control throughout.
The second game, played on Malibu’s home court, produced opposite results as the Carpinteria Warriors avenged an earlier loss to the Sharks and won the rematch 43-22. The Warriors have been led this season by their two all-star players Amanda Burch and Caitlin Wallace, who during this game scored 20 and 18 points, respectively.
Malibu guard Hannah Robinson led the cold-shooting Sharks with eight points while center Sierra Zontelli scored seven to compliment her active rebounding.
Had Malibu defeated Carpinteria, the Sharks would have been favored to be one of the teams in the Frontier League to qualify for the post-season playoffs.
“I suppose splitting these games could have been worse, but of course winning both would have been an awful lot better,” Sharks’ Head Coach Andy Meyer said in a press release. “I hope we’ll make up for this Carpinteria loss in the remaining four league games.”
Up next, Malibu will host a game against Grace Brethren High School.