Tough losses

Malibu’s Helena Vazelakis and Sierra Zontelli fight for a rebound.

After winning its first two league games of the season, the Malibu High School girls varsity basketball team suffered losses in their next two; both on their home court and neither by a close score.

In the first game of the week, the perennial first place team from Santa Clara limited the Sharks to a season low of eight baskets, as they defeated Malibu 77-17. No Shark scored more than four points in the game.

In the next game, the Bishop Diego Cardinals from Santa Barbara also beat the Sharks 52-32. Malibu fell behind 28-13 in the first half, as they couldn’t get their shots to fall and couldn’t catch up to the Cardinals. Malibu co-captain guard Danielle Bush continued to be the team’s high scorer with 14 points, and center Sierra Zontelli scored eight to go along with her usual hard-fought rebounding. “Coach Meyer sure was not very happy with the girls’ effort,” Malibu’s Assistant Coach Bill Robinson said in a press release. “I suspect the practices this week will be quite a bit different than last week!”

The Sharks now have a 2-2 Frontier League record and will have to win four of their remaining six games to qualify for the League playoffs, Robinson said. Their next games are against Santa Paula and Carpinteria.

By Olivia Damavandi