MHS Varsity completes sweep


Marianas High School Varsity’s Kastrina Costales, left, dribbles her way through the defense of Grace Christian Academy’ Irene Lee during an earlier game in the 2019-2020 Public School System Interscholastic Girls High School Basketball League at the MHS Gymnasium. (Kimberly a. Bautista)

Marianas High School Varsity wrapped up the regular season of the 2019-2020 Public School System Interscholastic Girls High School Basketball League with a perfect record.

The Lady Dolphins won their last two games to finish the prelims with a 12-0 record and get the No. 1 seed in the double-elimination playoff round that will start today and run until tomorrow at the MHS Gymnasium.

The unbeaten squad eked out a 22-20 victory over Saipan Southern High School last Tuesday and then routed Mt. Carmel School, 35-13, in a make-up game on the same day to keep its record clean going into this weekend’s playoffs.

Saipan Southern finished second in the team standings in the preliminary round, as it battled back from the loss to MHS Varsity with a 29-13 triumph over Mt. Carmel. The Lady Manta Rays earned a 9-3 record, while Mt. Carmel was ranked No. 6 with its 5-7 slate after losing its last two matches.

MHS Junior Varsity came in at No. 5 after getting a 7-5 slate and winning its final two matches last Tuesday. MHS JV’s pair of victories was against Kagman High School with the Lady Dolphins pulling off a 16-13 win in their first meeting before cruising to a 14-4 triumph in the second.

Kagman was winless in the preliminary round and will face MHS Varsity in the first round of the playoffs.

Agape Christian School, Grace Christian Academy, and Tinian High School are also competing in the playoff round and got the No. 3, 7, and 4 seed, respectively. Tinian did not join the preliminary games and automatically took the No. 4 seed in the playoffs where it will first face MHS JV.

Agape posted a 7-5 mark in the prelims after pulling off a 15-13 win over GCA dropped to a 2-10 mark.

Meanwhile, two other first round matches will be played today with Agape battling Mt. Carmel and Saipan Southern taking on GCA.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.
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