Kalaya Buggs
Basketball Long Beach Poly Millikan

Girls’ Basketball: Long Beach Poly Tops Millikan, Alone In First

The Jackrabbits and Rams’ girls’ basketball teams went into Wednesday evening’s showdown as the last two unbeaten teams in the Moore League. Playing on the road, Long Beach Poly showed that there was some distance between first and second place, as the Jackrabbits won in convincing fashion, 75-32.

“I’m very happy with how we played, especially playing on their court,” said Poly coach Carl Buggs.

The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 19-0 lead with their usual brand of furious defense, and never looked back. Poly has been coming into its own as Buggs’ starting five have gotten comfortable in their roles.

Kalaya Buggs, the Jackrabbits’ do-everything sophomore, was the star of the show, with 17 points, six rebounds, six steals, six assists, and three blocks in the game. Buggs has been offered by Long Beach State already, and LBSU coach Jeff Cammon was on hand to see the battle of the league’s top two teams.

Poly junior Ashley Lewis and sophomore Simone Morris also had nice games, combining for 21 points.

For Millikan, it’s a young roster that needed the experience of a high-intensity rivalry game. Sophomore Vanessa Smith had nine points to lead the Rams.

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.