The Mater Dei High girls basketball team saw its chance to beat Artesia slowly slip away when Arielle McClellan nailed a 3-pointer with less than a minute left in regulation, and Mollie Williams converted all four of her free throws to help lead the Pioneers to a 48-39 victory at the Artesia Shootout on Saturday. McClellan finished with 15 points, while Williams finished with eight. Millikan 42, Magnolia 39: Coach Lorene Morgan tried several combinations of players and the Rams escaped with a narrow victory. With 9 seconds remaining in regulation, Samantha Marez was fouled, went to the free-throw line, and converted her shots to give the Rams some breathing room. “Everybody got into the game by the first half. Some of the combinations by the younger kids I thought was good,” Morgan said. “I am trying to give them some minutes for down the line. I think that our standard rotation didn’t come to play today. They just didn’t look like they were ready to play ball.” Marez finished with 13 points, Trevonna Cannon had her best offensive output of the season with 10 points and 10 boards, and Jackson added nine. Glendora 56, St. Matthias 35: Nicolette Phillips scored 15 of the Victorians’ 35 points, but her efforts couldn’t offset Glendora’s balanced attack. Santa Fe 52, St. Paul 37: Gabby Flores poured in 14 points for the Swordsmen, but it wasn’t enough. Earl Williams can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “A couple of 3s opened up (the game for us),” Artesia coach Scott Roczey said. “They were sagging inside on our post. Our post is our strongest point. Their last couple of possessions in the fourth quarter we got some good stops. It turned the game around.” Wilson 64, San Diego Horizon 26: Even an injury to Amber Harden, Wilson’s floor general, couldn’t slow the Bruins down against San Diego Horizon. A second left before halftime, the junior went to throw a prayer shot past half-court and a Horizon player undercut her, leaving her sprawled across the floor. She finished with eight points. Tenaya Watson led the Bruins with 17 points and 13 rebounds, Angie Perez added 12 points, and Leandra Sands tossed in 13. The Bruins return to Moore League play on Wednesday against Poly for what should decide the frontrunner for the crown. The Pioneers led by as many as eight in the first half but saw it disappear when a 3-pointer by Eshell Estrello brought the Monarchs within one. Mya Olivier converted both free throws to give the the Monarchs a 34-30 lead in the third quarter. The Monarchs fell behind again, but made another run, tying the score at 38 with 4:40 left. The Pioneers then scored 10 unanswered points to close out the game.