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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 22, 2011
BURBANK - Maya Okamoto wanted to get all of her teammates involved shortly after they stepped on to the court Thursday morning. The Flintridge Prep girls' basketball player didn't waste any time getting the job done, which led to the Rebels picking up their first victory in the 15th annual Pioneer Shootout at Providence High. Okamoto finished with a game-high 18 points, four assists and seven steals to lead Flintridge Prep to a 44-29 victory against Holy Family in the tournament's 15th-place contest.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 22, 2013
Shortly after being named the new co-coaches of the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team last spring, Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Kiyomura-Chan began to comb through their player personnel. The coaching duo inherited a team filled with potential after the Rebels advanced to the playoffs under former coach Todd Frost in 2012. Kiyomura and Kiyomura-Chan wanted to shape the returning talent while also forming a strong nucleus for the next several years. Flintridge Prep stayed the course, relying on a trio of underclassmen in Maya Okamoto, Tala Ismail and Lacy Coan to play huge roles in helping it finish second in the Prep League before advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA semifinals and making an appearance in the CIF State Division V Championships.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 11, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - The Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team could have folded when Webb scored eight straight points to cut a 10-point deficit to two early in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Rebels responded with a run of their own to pull out a 38-29 Prep League victory at home Tuesday night. Prep Coach Todd Frost said the key to the win was not getting rattled. "In that fourth quarter when it got close, they could have freaked out, gotten nervous and played scared, but they didn't," Frost said.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 19, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Little more than an hour after the Flintridge Prep softball team began Prep League play, it was hard to find a Rebel without an ear-to-ear grin. One would have been even more hard-pressed to find a fashion in which Flintridge Prep could have begun its league season in a better way. "This is a very emphatic victory for us — we're excited," Rebels Coach Julie Jaime said. With Denise van der Goot at her best in the circle, the defense behind her flawless and an Alina Okamoto-led offense running roughshod around the bases, the Rebels opened league with an all-around impressive outing that came against its archrival and ended in an 11-1 mercy-rule win over visiting Pasadena Poly on Friday at Prep.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | June 28, 2011
SOUTH PASADENA — By the end of the 2010-11 season, it was no secret what the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team's main strength was — three-point shooting. While they sometimes live and die by the three, when the shots are falling, the Rebels can make a pretty rich living. That was once again the case during Monday afternoon's South Pasadena High Summer League game against Prep League rival Westridge, in which Prep buried 10 three-pointers en route to a 40-23 win. Nearly all of the Rebels' scoring came from two players, sophomore-to-be point guard Maya Okamoto, who sank four three-balls in the first half, and junior-to-be forward Katherine Bogaard, who finished off the Tigers with five threes in the second half.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 20, 2011
BURBANK — With Prep League play set to begin next month, Flintridge Prep girls' basketball Coach Todd Frost is looking for continued development until then. Frost saw some progress made Tuesday afternoon, but a last-second shot sank the Rebels and left him with mixed emotions. "It's December and we are still learning stuff," Frost said after Flintridge Prep suffered a 37-36 loss to Pilibos in a consolation quarterfinal game of the 15th annual Pioneer Shootout at Providence High.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 23, 2013
CHATSWORTH - Things couldn't have started any better for the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team on Saturday night. After that, things spilled out of control with the Rebels facing a lethal defense and equally impressive offense run by powerful Sierra Canyon. It proved too much for the Rebels to handle, as their season came to a close with a 77-20 road loss to top-seeded Sierra Canyon in a CIF Southern Section Division V-AA semifinal contest. “You can try to replicate facing that kind of offense in practice, but then you see it in a game situation and it's probably overwhelming,” said Flintridge Prep first-year co-Coach Kevin Kiyomura, whose fourth-seeded team finished 19-8 after reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2008.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 20, 2013
LA CANADA - Throughout most of their regular season, the members of the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team thrived during the second half of their games. Conditioning and a penchant for superior rebounding paved the way for the Rebels to achieve success. Now, those facets have spilled over to the playoffs. Flintridge Prep provided another example of its tenacious rebounding Wednesday night, as Kinsey Thompson finished with 13 rebounds and Katherine Bogaard made a late big three-point shot to power fourth-seeded Flintridge Prep to a 44-41 home win against fifth-seeded Desert in a CIF Southern Section Division V-AA quarterfinal contest.
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February 8, 2012
BOYS' BASKETBALL Flintridge Prep 65, Pasadena Poly 43: Kareem Ismail scored a career-high 15 points and added 15 rebounds Tuesday to lead the visiting Rebels in a Prep League regular season finale that wrapped up a perfect 8-0 run through the Prep League. Kory Hamane added 12 points for Flintridge Prep (17-7), which won its fifth straight league crown and 10th in the last 11 years. El Camino Real 57, Renaissance Academy 54 : The Wildcats nearly overcame a double-digit, third-quarter deficit, but a desperation three-pointer from Jessy Cantinol was off the mark as Renaissance fell on Saturday in the Alemany Showcase loss.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 19, 2014
Throughout much of the season, Tala Ismail, Lacy Coan and Maya Okamoto proved to be a dangerous unit for the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team. Each member of the trio brought something to the court, leading to the Rebels gaining a piece of the Prep League championship before making another deep playoff run. For their respective bodies of work, Ismail, Coan and Okamoto were selected to the all-league team as voted on by the league's seven coaches. Ismail and Coan earned spots on the first team and Okamoto was placed on the second team.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 23, 2013
CHATSWORTH - Things couldn't have started any better for the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team on Saturday night. After that, things spilled out of control with the Rebels facing a lethal defense and equally impressive offense run by powerful Sierra Canyon. It proved too much for the Rebels to handle, as their season came to a close with a 77-20 road loss to top-seeded Sierra Canyon in a CIF Southern Section Division V-AA semifinal contest. “You can try to replicate facing that kind of offense in practice, but then you see it in a game situation and it's probably overwhelming,” said Flintridge Prep first-year co-Coach Kevin Kiyomura, whose fourth-seeded team finished 19-8 after reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2008.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 22, 2013
After opening-round losses in each of the past two postseasons, things have turned around quite nicely for the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team. The Rebels found themselves starting over after bringing in co-coaches Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Kiyomura-Chan to replace Todd Frost. Bolstered by the return of several key starters, the Rebels enjoyed a successful regular season that has carried over to the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs. Flintridge Prep finds itself on the doorstep of advancing to the championship game, though it will likely face its toughest test.
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February 8, 2012
BOYS' BASKETBALL Flintridge Prep 65, Pasadena Poly 43: Kareem Ismail scored a career-high 15 points and added 15 rebounds Tuesday to lead the visiting Rebels in a Prep League regular season finale that wrapped up a perfect 8-0 run through the Prep League. Kory Hamane added 12 points for Flintridge Prep (17-7), which won its fifth straight league crown and 10th in the last 11 years. El Camino Real 57, Renaissance Academy 54 : The Wildcats nearly overcame a double-digit, third-quarter deficit, but a desperation three-pointer from Jessy Cantinol was off the mark as Renaissance fell on Saturday in the Alemany Showcase loss.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 11, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - The Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team could have folded when Webb scored eight straight points to cut a 10-point deficit to two early in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Rebels responded with a run of their own to pull out a 38-29 Prep League victory at home Tuesday night. Prep Coach Todd Frost said the key to the win was not getting rattled. "In that fourth quarter when it got close, they could have freaked out, gotten nervous and played scared, but they didn't," Frost said.
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By Abbey Mastracco, Special to the News-Press | January 4, 2012
PASADENA - A significant post presence and dominant transition game on the part of the La Salle High girls' basketball team doomed Flintridge Prep early on, as the Lancers downed the Rebels, 71-25, Wednesday night at the La Salle gym. The Lancers came out of the gate firing, amassing a 21-2 lead in just the first quarter and forcing the Rebels to play catch-up throughout the entire contest. It was a game plan that was executed almost exactly as planned, according to La Salle Coach Kevin Cormier.
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