The Panthers girls basketball team at St. Anastasia School in Westchester captured the St. Barnabas Tournament Championship at St. Joseph’s High School in Lakewood with a 25-23 victory over Beatitudes School of La Mirada.

The tournament consisted of the top 24 teams in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).

The Panthers defeated St. Benedict, St. Ireneaus, St. Raphael and American Martyrs schools to reach the championship game against Beatitudes.

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the championship game, the Panthers took an early six-point lead but Beatitudes came back to lead 17-11 at halftime.

The Panthers, led by Kathleen Harris, Michaela McDermott, Lindsey Smith, Alex Alcala and Kaylee Hage, overtook the lead by holding the opposing team to just six points in the second half and held on for the victory.

Harris won her second MVP (most valuable player) award in eight days, and McDermott and Smith both received all-tournament honors. The Panthers have won 12 games in eight days and currently have a record of 12-0 (10-0 non-league, 2-0 in the Pac10 league).

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