MONTEBELLO – Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary missed a number of shots within 4 feet Thursday, but the Cardinals made up for it with some long-range connections and defeated visiting St. Matthias, 51-43, in a girls Camino Real League opener Thursday night. “The past two years, St. Matthias has never been ready to play us,” Cantwell coach Omar Villalta said. “Tonight they came to play, and we weren’t ready for them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaCantwell led 7-0 and never trailed, although the Victorians put together an 8-0 run to gain a 35-35 tie with 51.6 seconds left in the third quarter. Chavez promptly nailed a 3-pointer to offset Dezeri Navarro’s only basket of the night, which closed the deficit to 38-37 at the end of the period. Cantwell responded with an 11-0 surge to start the final quarter as Cynthia Duarte made her second 3-point basket and a transition layup for a 49-37 lead to cement the victory. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext.3046 “We let them get some good shots, and we missed a lot of shots. I think we counted eight layups missed in the first half.” Cantwell (9-7) shot 50 percent from 3-point range (6-of-12), with three 3-pointers by Gaby Chavez. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!