Redondo hosts Battle at the Beach girls basketball tourney

Brittany Stafford and the Redondo Sea Hawks host the Battle at the Beach this week. Photo by Ray Vidal

Redondo’s girl’s basketball team is hosting the Battle at the Beach tournament this week, featuring 12 teams including defending CIF Division 3AA champion Serra. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Coach Marcelo Enriquez’s Sea Hawks knocked off two-time defending LA City champion Carson 43-33 in the first game of pool play on Monday behind Inara Nyingifa’s 12-point, 12-rebound and three-steal performance.

Annie Park added eight points and four steals, Isabella Hall recorded eight points and five rebounds and Brittany Stafford tallied seven points and three rebounds for the Sea Hawks.

Along with host Redondo, the Battle at the Beach tournament includes Carson, J Serra (San Juan Capistrano), Long Beach Wilson, Serra (Gardena), Villa Park, West Torrance, Vista del Lago, Inglewood, Santa Monica, Peninsula, Millikan

Redondo is coming off a 5th-place finish in the Silver Division of the Inglewood Tournament of Champions. Brittany Stafford put in a lay-up with four seconds remaining in the game to give the Sea Hawks a 36-35 victory over Long Beach Wilson.

Stafford recorded nine points and seven rebounds, Annie Park had seven points and four steals, and Inara Nyingifa added seven points and 10 rebounds for Redondo.

Mira Costa head coach Miranda Biteler got a good look at her new team after the Mustangs advanced to the Platinum Division of the Inglewood Tournament of Champions. Photo by Ray Vidal

New Mira Costa head coach Miranda Biteler had a good opportunity to assess her team as the Mustangs advanced to the Platinum Division of the Inglewood Tournament of Champions.

Mira Costa lost to Bay League rival Peninsula 58-39 in the consolation championship. The Mustangs were led by Meghan Peneueta, who scored 15 points, and Kellani Ikehara who recorded eight points.

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Mira Costa finished third in the Mira Costa Pacific Shores Tournament, beating Culver City 66-63 behind Cole Feaster’s 18 points. Karl Acres added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Mustangs.

After hosting Campbell Hall in a non-league contest Friday at 7:30 p.m., Mira Costa will begin competition in the Hilltop Classic tournament at Palos Verdes High School playing Harvard-Westlake Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. and Abbotsford (British Columbia) on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

In the Redondo Pacific Shores Tournament, the host Sea Hawks fell to nationally ranked Loyola 66-44 in the semifinals. Derek Biale led Redondo with 13 points.

In the third-place game, Redondo could not overcome a 26-9 halftime deficit and lost to Fairfax 52-34.

The Sea Hawks will regroup before travelling to compete in the Maui Hawaii Classic Dec. 19-22.

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