In high school boys basketball games:

In the intense Los Angeles City Section and Western League rivalry between the Westchester High School Comets and Fairfax High School Lions, it is Fairfax that continues to take away the glory in recent memory.

Westchester was defeated by Fairfax for the fifth consecutive time in a 68-63 loss to the host Lions Friday, January 18th. The Comets were winless against Fairfax in all four games last season, when the Lions went on to win both the city and state championships.

In the first meeting between the rivals this season, Westchester (18-3, 4-1) was looking to take back the glory, as the Comets were ranked third in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times and Fairfax was seventh.

But the Lions again showed that they currently have the edge in the rivalry, as star center Renardo Sidney scored 36 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead Fairfax (15-2, 5-0) to another victory.

The Comets fell behind early in the first quarter but went into halftime with a 39-35 lead.

The two teams exchanged leads in the final quarter but Fairfax managed to close out the key league win with free throws in the final seconds.

Oscar Bellfield led Westchester with 21 points, including four three-pointers. Dominique O’Connor and Jarred Dubois each added 14 points.

Westchester will next face visiting Hamilton High School in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday, January 25th.

After suffering back-to-back Western League losses, the Venice High School Gondoliers earned a 65-48 league victory over visiting Hamilton High School Friday, January 18th.

The Gondos (12-10, 3-3), who lost 102-73 to Westchester High January 16th, will face the league’s other giant, Fairfax High, at home at 7 p.m. Friday, January 25th.

The Santa Monica High School Vikings moved into a tie for first place in the Ocean League with a 62-49 league victory over host Culver City High School Friday, January 18th.

The Vikings (13-6, 3-1) fell behind early against Culver City, but got a boost on offense after halftime, outscoring the Centaurs by 18 points in the third quarter on the way to victory.

Junior center Kunnu Shofu led the Vikings with 29 points.

Santa Monica will next face visiting Morningside High School in a league game Friday, January 25th.

The St. Monica High School Mariners picked up their fourth consecutive victory with a 72-67 win over host Cantwell-Sacred Heart High School in a Camino Real League game Friday, January 18th.

The Mariner offense started out strong with 25 points in the first quarter but Cantwell-Sacred Heart outscored St. Monica 18-10 in the second quarter to take a narrow 36-35 halftime lead. St. Monica then held the Cardinals to nine points in the third and pulled away for the victory.

Ryan Zelig scored 24 points to lead St. Monica and Jonathon Azer was right behind with 22 points.

St. Monica (15-5, 3-1) will next host St. Paul High in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 25th.

In high school girls basketball games:

The Westchester High School Comets were defeated 75-44 by Western League leader Fairfax High School in a league game at home Thursday, January 17th.

The Comets (6-14, 2-3) are next scheduled to play at Hamilton High School in a league game at 4 p.m. Friday, January 25th.

Marlee Rice scored 31 points to help lead the Venice High School Gondoliers to a 60-53 Western League victory over visiting Westchester High School Wednesday, January 16th.

The Gondos (7-13, 4-2) are next scheduled to play at league leader Fairfax High School in a league game at 4 p.m. Friday, January 25th.

The St. Monica High School Mariners grabbed a commanding 71-48 victory over visiting Mary Star of the Sea High School in a Camino Real League game Tuesday, January 22nd.

The Mariners (13-9, 2-2) took a slight lead in the first quarter but bolted ahead with 25 points in the second quarter.

Kaitlin Wilcox scored 27 points, including eight three-pointers, to lead St. Monica and Cory LaGuardia was right behind with 26 points and eight rebounds.

The Mariners will next face host St. Bernard High School in a league game at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 24th.

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