Santa Margarita basketball uses stifling defense to beat Crean Lutheran in 2-AA regional final

IRVINE — The Santa Margarita boys basketball team grew accustomed to being the road team during the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs.

The Eagles made it a perfect 3 for 3 as the visitor Saturday night with a 66-53 victory over Crean Lutheran to win the Division 2-AA regional championship at Crean Lutheran High.

Santa Margarita (17-6) avenged a loss to Rolling Hills Prep in the CIF-SS semifinals by beating the Huskies in the regional semifinals, and Coach Justin Bell was overcome with emotion after Saturday’s win.

“I can’t even say enough,” Bell said. “I just have a great group of players, a group of tough kids. They’re tough, three games on the road, go to Fresno (Bullard), go to Rolling Hills Prep, go to Crean (Lutheran). We got a tough group.”

The Eagles were led by Coby Barnes who had a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, while Luke Turner had 15 points and sophomore Rockwell Reynolds added 14 points.

Santa Margarita jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back.

The slow start for Crean Lutheran (20-3) was compounded by its inability to take care of the basketball, as the Lancers racked up 25 turnovers in the game and trailed by 11 at the end of the first half.

After a quick basket by Koat Keat to start the third period, the Eagles went on a 19-2 scoring run and their lead ballooned to 26 points, 49-23.

Barnes kept knocking down shots from 3-point range and Turner was a spark during the run on offense and defense.

Keat finished with 16 points to lead the Saints, followed by Michael Birket with 15 points, including four 3s, and Parker Tuttle had 10 points.

Crean Lutheran coach Nate Klitzing gave credit to the Eagles’ defense on their big men, the 6-foot-9 Keat and 6-11 James Agany. Keat only had four field goals — half of his points came at the free throw line – and Agany was held to one point.

“They did a good job of not letting us get to our spots, being physical and pushing them out,” Klitzing said. “We didn’t get to our high-low action that we have done so well with to this point. And just making it uncomfortable for us, even when we did throw it in there they would send a couple of guys to double.”

“We know those two guys are really good and super talented,” Bell said about Keat and Agany. “We’re just a defensive team, we preach defense and rebounding and our guys bought in, they did it.”

Reynolds and junior power forward Kyle Evans were able to neutralize Keat and Agany in the paint.

The Saints, the CIF-SS Division 2A champions, cut their deficit to 14 in the final period but ran out of time to overcome such a large margin.

“I’m just so proud of the way we got to this final game,” Klitzing said. “These boys never quit and they showed it in this game, fighting until the very end.”

 

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Long Beach Poly girls basketball overpowers Rosary to win 1-A regional championship

LONG BEACH – Shortly after Long Beach Poly’s girls basketball team won its semifinal in the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs, guard Kalaya Buggs said the Jackrabbits already knew the key to beating Rosary in the finals: stop guard Kaylee Byon.

The Jackrabbits stopped Byon and the rest of her teammates for a 58-28 victory over Rosary on Saturday night in the Division 1-A regional championship game at Long Beach Poly High.

For the first time in the program’s history, Long Beach Poly (18-2) won a CIF-Southern Section title and CIF SoCal Regional title in the same season.

“We had to shut down Kaylee,” Kalaya Buggs said. “We had to limit penetration and box out. We had to get all the opportunities we can. We had to focus on the main aspects of defense. We mostly had to shut down Kaylee. We got in her head a little bit and we just played everyone else solid.”

Postgame interview with Kalaya Buggs of Long Beach Poly. 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Buggs as the Jackrabbits take the CIF SoCal Regional Title!@ocvarsity @LBPolyHoop @polyjackrabbits pic.twitter.com/ignahtjWRb

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) June 20, 2021

Buggs nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. She found Simone Morris often with her passes, and Morris led all scorers with 16 points.

The Jackrabbits’ defense limited Byon to 14 points and only four players made a field goal for Rosary (19-6).

The Royals were scoreless for over five minutes in the first half.

“We take pride in our defense,” Poly coach Carl Buggs said. “We just felt that if we can follow the game plan and contain Kaylee, the more we kept her out of the paint, the better we felt our chances were while being solid with everyone else.”

Kaylani Barker scored five points for Rosary while Ava Dominguez grabbed seven rebounds.


The Rosary girls basketball team finished as the runner-up in the CIF SoCal Regional Division 1-A playoffs. (Photo by Manny Alvarez, Contributor)

“We overachieved throughout the whole year,” said Rosary coach Richard Yoon, whose team will return all but one player next season. “We were led by Kaylee and she did a great job leading us through it. She was the person to stop and clearly, we met a roadblock tonight.

“They were just more athletic than we are. It was very hard for us to rebound. They have seniors who are bigger, stronger and faster while we have sophomores on the floor. We had a great season and to our kids credit, it is amazing we made it to this game. I’m really proud of them.”


Long Beach Poly’s Lilly Buggs had eight points and six rebounds in the CIF SoCal Regional Division 1-A championship game Saturday night. (Photo by Manny Alvarez, Contributor)

Nala Williams scored 11 points to go with seven rebounds for the Jackrabbits while Lily Buggs added eight points and six rebounds.

“It feels good,” Lily Buggs said. “It’s something that’s never been done at Poly. This has been a unique year. We had both championship games here and we won both here. That’s something that has been never done before and we can now say that we did it.”

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CIF SoCal Regional basketball playoffs: Thursday’s scores, schedule for the finals on Saturday, June 19

Scores from Thursday’s semifinals and the schedule for the CIF SoCal Regional finals on Saturday, June 19.

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Semfinals results

OPEN DIVISION

San Diego Torrey Pines 63, Damien 42

Etiwanda 82, Sierra Canyon 76

DIVISION 1-AA

Ribet Academy 89, Westchester 56

St. John Bosco 65, Harvard-Westlake 56

DIVISION 1-A

Capistrano Valley 76, Chaminade 64 (OT)

Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian 72, Fresno Clovis West 70

DIVISION 2-AA

Crean Lutheran 52, Los Altos 46

Santa Margarita 52, Rolling Hills Prep 44

DIVISION 2-A

Fresno Central 53, Narbonne 51

Chula Vista Mater Dei 80, Carlsbad 62

DIVISION 3-AA

Aquinas 70, Cerritos Valley Christian 62

Carlsbad La Costa Canyon 75, King 63

DIVISION 3-A

Shalhevet 67, Glendora 65 (OT)

Chula Vista Bonita Vista 94, San Diego Parker 77

DIVISION 4-AA

Linfield Christian 61, Fresno Hoover 57

San Diego San Ysidro 60, Chatsworth 55

DIVISION 4-A

Coronado 56, Pilibos 44

Escondido Orange Glen 88, Elsinore 64

DIVISION 5-AA

Fresno Roosevelt 79, Costa Mesa 51

Carlsbad Sage Creek 86, Atascadero 63

DIVISION 5-A

Kingsburg 65, San Diego Hoover 60

Fresno Washington Union 49, Legacy 47

DIVISION 6-AA

Fowler 77, San Diego Crawford 53

San Diego Maranatha Christian 66, Bell 38

Championships

Saturday, 7 p.m. unless noted

Open Division: Etiwanda at San Diego Torrey Pines, 8 p.m.

Division 1-AA: Ribet Academy at St. John Bosco

Division 1-A: Capistrano Valley at Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian

Division 2-AA: Santa Margarita at Crean Lutheran

Division 2-A: Fresno Central at Chula Vista Mater Dei

Division 3-AA: Carlsbad La Costa Canyon at Aquinas

Division 3-A: Shalhevet at Chula Vista Bonita Vista

Division 4-AA: San Diego San Ysidro at Linfield Christian

Division 4-A: Escondido Orange Glen at Coronado

Division 5-AA: Carlsbad Sage Creek at Fresno Roosevelt

Division 5-A: Fresno Washington Union at Kingsburg

Division 6-AA: San Diego Maranatha Christian at Fowler

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Semifinals results

OPEN DIVISION

Mater Dei 66, San Diego Cathedral 54

Corona Centennial 62, Fresno Clovis West 53

DIVISION 1-AA

Lynwood 60, Orangewood Academy 49

Etiwanda 63, West Torrance 53

DIVISION 1-A

Rosary 55, Fairmont Prep 49

Semifinal, Friday, 6 p.m.

Esperanza at Long Beach Poly

DIVISION 2-AA

Chula Vista Mater Dei 60, Paloma Valley 45

Alemany 51, Eisenhower 40

DIVISION 2-A

Westlake 58, Sage Hill 55

Oceanside El Camino 78, El Camino Real 36

DIVISION 3-AA

Mary Star 74, Westchester 58

San Diego Rancho Bernardo 72, Newport Harbor 36

DIVISION 3-A

Clovis Buchanan 53, Bakersfield 44

San Diego Del Norte 58, Chaparral 52

DIVISION 4-AA

South Pasadena 55, Agoura 39

Fresno Roosevelt 49, Chula Vista Eastlake 28

DIVISION 4-A

Bakersfield Christian 56, Cerritos Valley Christian 41

San Diego Our Lady of Peace 47, Paso Robles 31

DIVISION 5-AA

Fallbrook 39, San Marcos St. Joseph 37

Strathmore 49, Taft 29

DIVISION 5-A

San Fernando 38, Sun Valley Poly 28

Trinity Classical 67, Escondido Classical Academy 38

DIVISION 6-AA

Chula Vista Victory Christian 67, St. Bernard 28

Corcoran 61, Franklin 47

Championships

Saturday, 7 p.m. unless noted

Open Division: Corona Centennial at Mater Dei, 6 p.m.

Division 1-AA: Lynwood at Etiwanda

Division 1-A: Rosary at Poly/Esperanza winner

Division 2-AA: Chula Vista Mater Dei at Alemany

Division 2-A: Westlake at Oceanside El Camino

Division 3-AA: Mary Star at San Diego Rancho Bernardo

Division 3-A: San Diego Del Norte at Clovis Buchanan

Division 4-AA: South Pasadena at Fresno Roosevelt

Division 4-A: San Diego Our Lady of Peace at Bakersfield Christian

Division 5-AA: Fallbrook at Strathmore

Division 5-A: Trinity Classical at San Fernando

Division 6-AA: Corcoran at Chula Vista Victory Christian

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Basketball regionals roundup: Capistrano Valley boys win in OT in semifinals; Newport Harbor girls lose

Capistrano Valley’s boys basketball team got its revenge against Chaminade of West Hills in the CIF State Regional playoffs on Thursday and secured a spot in the regional championship game.

The Cougars lost to Chaminade last week in the CIF-SS Division 1 final, but they won the rematch, 76-64, in overtime in the Division 1-A SoCal Regional semifinals at Chaminade.

The Cougars lost to Chaminade 53-49 in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship.

Gavin O’Neill had a dominant performance for the Cougars with 38 points and seven 3-pointers. Langston Redfield had 23 points and seven rebounds.

Aidan O’Neill grabbed 12 rebounds and had nine assists. Landon Li was excellent on defense for the Cougars with five steals.

Capo Valley (17-3) will play at Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach on Saturday in the Division 1-A championship game.

In other boys regional semifinals Thursday:

Roosevelt of Fresno 79, Costa Mesa 51: Costa Mesa had its historic season come to a close with the loss in 5-AA semifinals.

Costa Mesa (16-10) made its first CIF-SS boys basketball championship game appearance last week. The Mustangs beat Palisades in the first round of the regional playoffs Tuesday.

Nathan Shipper and Christian Dasca led Costa Mesa with 13 points each. Aiden Spallone and Gio Quero each added seven points.

Santa Margarita 52, Rolling Hills Prep 44: The Eagles won their Division 2-AA semifinal at North Torrance High. Santa Margarita (16-6) had lost to Rolling Hills Prep in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2AA playoffs.

The Eagles will play at Crean Lutheran on Saturday in the 2-AA championship game.

In girls basketball regional semifinals:

Lynwood 60, Orangewood Academy 49: The Spartans lost in their Division 1-AA semifinal. Keyla Romo led Orangewood Academy (13-9) with 17 points. Hannah Stines added 14 points.

The Spartans were co-San Joaquin League champions with Fairmont Prep this season.

Rancho Bernardo 72, Newport Harbor 36: The Sailors’ best season in school history ended with a loss in the 3-AA semifinals.

Willa Rath had a team-high 11 points for Newport Harbor. Daelyn Renee and Chase Dionio each had eight points.

The Sailors won their first CIF-SS girls basketball championship last week by beating Rancho Christian of Temecula 58-45.

Newport Harbor (19-3) dominated La Quinta of La Quinta 59-33 in the first round of the 3-AA playoffs.

 

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Sage Hill girls basketball battles Westlake to the end, but loses in 2-A regional semifinals

NEWPORT BEACH – Down by 15 points in the fourth quarter of the CIF SoCal Division 2-A Regional semifinals, Sage Hill’s girls basketball team had to hurry if it wanted to stage a comeback.

The Lightning rallied but ran out of time and they fell to Westlake 58-55 on Thursday night at Sage Hill.

The victory sends the eight-seeded Warriors to the final. They play El Camino of Oceanside on Saturday, June 19.

“We don’t quit,” Sage Hill coach Kerwin Walters said. “We’re just that type of team. We were down 15 in the fourth quarter. We can play with the best of anyone. We played great defense and they found it challenging to play against us.

“Once our shots started falling, you saw how dangerous we were. I congratulate Westlake for doing what they’re supposed to do. They played great defense and they made timely 3s. They made the key plays to hold on to that lead. If we had one play, we could have pulled this thing out.”

Postgame interview with Westlake coach Josh Budde as the Warriors head to the CIF SoCal Regional Finals.@ocvarsity @vcspreps @WHS1_Athletics @westlakehsgbb pic.twitter.com/zxYiOAK3s8

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) June 18, 2021

Sage Hill (19-7) played catch up from the start as it fell behind 9-1 in the opening quarter. The Lightning  would go on a 14-1 run thanks to Emily Elliott, who had 19 points and six rebounds.

The Lightning went cold in the third quarter, going five minutes without scoring. That allowed Westlake (20-3) to take a commanding lead thanks to Lindsay Gould and her 12 points.

“We just had to stay together,” Gould said. “I know during the timeouts, everyone came off the bench cheering. We stayed in the game and played for each other. We saw each other on the court on offense and defense. We played together and relied on ball movement.”

Postgame interview with Lindsay Gould of Westlake. 12 points for Gould as Westlake heads to the CIF SoCal Regional Finals!@ocvarsity @vcspreps @WHS1_Athletics @westlakehsgbb pic.twitter.com/b2Z4ImlBjU

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) June 18, 2021

Sage Hill broke out of its scoring drought right before the third quarter ended and proceeded to make a comeback behind Emily Eadie (13 points, 10 rebounds).

The Lightning made it a one-point game with seconds left, but they turned the ball over with a traveling violation.

After Westlake made two free throws, Sage Hill went for the final shot, but its 3-pointer was no good and the Warriors had the victory.

London Gamble led Westlake with 16 points while Devin Feiereisian had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Mariah Elohim scored nine points and Kate Hackney added eight points for the Warriors, who beat top-seeded St. Joseph’s in the first round of the regional on Tuesday.

“We’ve always been underrated,” Gamble said. “Personally, I have too. We’re just showing everyone what Westlake is all about.”

Postgame interview with London Gamble of Westlake. 16 points for Gamble as the #8 seed will play for the Regional Title!@ocvarsity @WHS1_Athletics @westlakehsgbb @vcspreps @MattyK31 pic.twitter.com/S136RWLa3A

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) June 18, 2021

Katherine Righeimer scored 12 points for Sage Hill while Isabel Gomez added nine points, eight rebounds and six rebounds.

Seven of the 11 returning players for the Lightning will be sophomores next season.

“We have senior leadership coming back next year,” Walters said. “We have sophomores that are going to be even better. As long as we come out with the same level of intensity, we can compete.”

 

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Boys and girls basketball: Tuesday’s scores from CIF SoCal Regional and updated schedule

The scores from Tuesday’s boys and girls basketball playoff games in the CIF SoCal Regional and the schedule for Thursday’s semifinals.

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BASKETBALL REGIONALS

Games start 7 p.m. unless noted

BOYS BASKETBALL

OPEN DIVISION

Quarterfinals 

Damien 102, Santa Maria St. Joseph 71

Etiwanda 71, Mater Dei 62

Sierra Canyon 94, Birmingham 74

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(4) Damien at (1) San Diego Torrey Pines

(3) Etiwanda at (2) Sierra Canyon

DIVISION 1-AA

Quarterfinals

Ribet Academy 68, San Marcos 60

Harvard-Westlake 78, Fresno San Joaquin Memorial 70

St. John Bosco 61, San Diego St. Augustine 59

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Ribet Academy at (1) Westchester

(3) Harvard-Westlake at (2) St. John Bosco

DIVISION 1-A

Quarterfinals

Chaminade 79, Fresno Clovis North 76

Capistrano Valley 52, Fairfax 38

Santa Fe Christian 65, Heritage Christian 58

Fresno Clovis West 70, Bishop Montgomery 53

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Capistrano Valley at (1) Chaminade

(3) Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian at (2) Fresno Clovis West

DIVISION 2-AA

Quarterfinals

Crean Lutheran 50, King/Drew 35

Los Altos 52, Oceanside El Camino 49

Santa Margarita 56, Fresno Bullard 44

Rolling Hills Prep 51, San Marcos Mission Hills 42

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Los Altos at (1) Crean Lutheran

(6) Santa Margarita at (2) Rolling Hills Prep

DIVISION 2-A

Quarterfinals

Narbonne 67, Long Beach Poly 65

Fresno Central 58, Agoura 48

Chula Vista Mater Dei 91, Dominguez 74

Carlsbad 67, Murrieta Valley 52

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(8) Narbonne at (5) Fresno Central

(3) Chula Vista Mater Dei at (2) Carlsbad

DIVISION 3-AA

Quarterfinals

Aquinas 75, Grant 54

Cerritos Valley Christian 91, Bakersfield Christian 75

Carlsbad La Costa Canyon 72, Burbank 60

King 65, Granada Hills 62

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Cerritos Valley Christian at (1) Aquinas

(3) Carlsbad La Costa Canyon at (2) King

DIVISION 3-A

Quarterfinals

Glendora 56, El Camino Real 44

Shalhevet 63, Nipomo 43

San Diego Parker 63, Marina 55

Chula Vista Bonita Vista 66, Citrus Valley 52

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Shalhevet at (1) Glendora

(6) San Diego Parker at (2) Chula Vista Bonita Vista

DIVISION 4-AA

Quarterfinals

Fresno Hoover 58, Pasadena Poly 50

Linfield Christian 72, Venice 56

San Diego San Ysidro 87, Arcadia 74

Chatsworth 64, Paramount 54

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(8) Fresno Hoover at (4) Linfield Christian

(6) San Diego San Ysidro (2) Chatsworth

DIVISION 4-A

Quarterfinals

Coronado 67, Milken 44

Pilibos 72, Arroyo Grande 70

Elsinore 85, Crenshaw 54

Escondido Orange Glen 67, Rio Mesa 41

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Pilibos at (1) Coronado

(3) Elsinore at (2) Escondido Orange Glen

DIVISION 5-AA

Quarterfinals

Fresno Roosevelt 59, AGBU 48

Costa Mesa 60, Palisades 46

Atascadero 64, Calvary Chapel/SA 48

Carlsbad Sage Creek 84, Valley Torah 61

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Costa Mesa at (1) Fresno Roosevelt

(6) Atascadero at (2) Carlsbad Sage Creek

DIVISION 5-A

Quarterfinals

San Diego Hoover 57, Faith Baptist 54

Legacy 46, Desert Hot Springs 42

Fresno Washington Union 66, Los Angeles Marshall 63

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) San Diego Hoover at (1) Kingsburg

(7) Fresno Washington Union at (3) Legacy

DIVISION 6-AA

Quarterfinals

San Diego Crawford 62, Malibu 53

San Diego Maranatha Christian 94, Edgewood 60

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(4) San Diego Crawford at (1) Fowler

(3) Bell at (2) San Diego Maranatha Christian

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Games start 7 p.m. unless noted

OPEN DIVISION

Quarterfinals

San Diego Cathedral 59, Harvard-Westlake 53

Fresno Clovis West 56, Chula Vista Bonita Vista 46

Corona Centennial 79, La Jolla Country Day 44

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(4) San Diego Cathedral at (1) Mater Dei

(3) Fresno Clovis West at (2) Corona Centennial

DIVISION 1-AA

Quarterfinals

Lynwood 61, San Marcos Mission Hills 54

Orangewood Academy 72, Carlsbad 54

Etiwanda 59, Clovis 41

West Torrance 59, La Jolla Bishop’s 53

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(8) Lynwood at (4) Orangewood Academy

(6) Etiwanda at (2) West Torrance

DIVISION 1-A

Quarterfinals

Long Beach Poly 58, Los Angeles Hamilton 34

Esperanza 54, Caruthers 52

Rosary 56, Palisades 55

Fairmont Prep 61, Spring Valley Mount Miguel 37

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(4) Esperanza at (1) Long Beach Poly

(7) Fairmont Prep at (6) Rosary

DIVISION 2-AA

Quarterfinals

Paloma Valley 57, Santa Maria Righetti 45

Chula Vista Mater Dei 75, Cajon 59

Eisenhower 64, Orcutt Academy 52

Alemany 63, Birmingham 49

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(8) Paloma Valley at (5) Chula Vista Mater Dei

(6) Eisenhower at (2) Alemany

DIVISION 2-A

Quarterfinals

Westlake 70, Santa Maria St. Joseph 42

Sage Hill 71, San Diego Westview 65

Oceanside El Camino 59, Ontario Christian 45

El Camino Real 37, Sonora 35

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(8) Westlake at (4) Sage Hill

(7) El Camino Real at (3) Oceanside El Camino

DIVISION 3-AA

Quarterfinals

Westchester 55, Nipomo 49

Mary Star 69, Crenshaw 54

Newport Harbor 59, La Quinta 33

San Diego Rancho Bernardo 63, Rancho Christian 38

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(8) Westchester at (4) Mary Star

(3) Newport Harbor at (2) San Diego Rancho Bernardo

DIVISION 3-A

Quarterfinals

Bakersfield 51, Burbank Burroughs 30

Clovis Buchanan 85, Ayala 66

San Diego Del Norte 76, Leuzinger 69

Chaparral 55, Garfield 38

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Clovis Buchanan at (1) Bakersfield

(6) San Diego Del Norte at (2) Chaparral

DIVISION 4-AA

Quarterfinals

South Pasadena 45,1 Los Angeles CES 41

Agoura 44, King/Drew 38

Chula Vista Eastlake 47, Burbank Providence 33

Fresno Roosevelt 64, San Dimas 22

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(8) South Pasadena at (4) Agoura

(3) Chula Vista Eastlake at (2) Fresno Roosevelt

DIVISION 4-A

Quarterfinals

Bakersfield Christian 58, Immaculate Heart 45

Cerritos Valley Christian 60, Los Angeles Marshall 29

San Diego Our Lady of Peace 58, Newport Beach Pacifica Christian 31

Paso Robles 56, Louisville 35

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(4) Cerritos Valley Christian at (1) Bakersfield Christian

(7) Paso Robles at (3) San Diego Out Lady of Peace

DIVISION 5-AA

Quarterfinals

Fallbrook 63, Capistrano Valley Christian 28

Taft 36, Pilibos 27

Strathmore 78, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 20

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(5) Fallbrook at (1) San Marcos St. Joseph

(6) Taft at (2) Strathmore

DIVISION 5-A

Quarterfinals

San Fernando 41, Ramona 29

Sun Valley Poly 60, Faith Baptist 47

Escondido Classical Academy 52, Avalon 50

Trinity Classical 54, Verdugo Hills 40

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(4) Sun Valley Poly at (1) San Fernando

(3) Escondido Classical Academy at (2) Trinity Classical

DIVISION 6-AA

Semifinals, Thursday, 7 p.m.

(4) St. Bernard at (1) Chula Vista Victory Christian

(3) Corcoran at (2) Franklin

 

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Schedule for CIF SoCal boys and girls basketball regional

The first-round schedule and seedings for the CIF SoCal Regional playoffs for boys and girls basketball.

CIF SOCAL REGIONAL PLAYOFFS

BOYS BASKETBALL

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

(Seed in parentheses)

OPEN DIVISION

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(1) San Diego Torrey Pines, bye

(5) Santa Maria St. Joseph at (4) Damien

(6) Mater Dei at (3) Etiwanda

(7) Birmingham at (2) Sierra Canyon

DIVISION 1-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(1) Westchester, bye

(5) Ribet Academy at (4) San Diego County San Marcos

(6) Fresno San Joaquin Memorial at (3) Harvard-Westlake

(7) San Diego St. Augustine at (2) St. John Bosco

DIVISION 1-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Fresno Clovis North at (1) Chaminade

(5) Capistrano Valley at (4) Fairfax

(6) Heritage Christian at (3) Santa Fe Christian

(7) Bishop Montgomery at (2) Fresno Clovis West, 8 p.m.

DIVISION 2-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) King/Drew at (1) Crean Lutheran

(5) Los Altos at (4) Oceanside El Camino, 8 p.m.

(6) Santa Margarita at (3) Fresno Bullard

(7) San Marcos Mission Hills at (2) Rolling Hills Prep

DIVISION 2-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Narbonne at (1) Long Beach Poly

(5) Fresno Central at (4) Agoura

(6) Dominguez at (3) Chula Vista Mater Dei

(7) Murrieta Valley at (2) Carlsbad

DIVISION 3-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Grant at (1) Aquinas

(5) Cerritos Valley Christian at (4) Bakersfield Christian, 8 p.m.

(6) Burbank at (3) Carlsbad La Costa Canyon

(7) Granada Hills at (2) King

DIVISION 3-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) El Camino Real at (1) Glendora

(5) Shalhevet at (4) Nipomo, 8 p.m.

(6) San Diego Parker at (3) Marina

(7) Citrus Valley at (2) Chula Vista Bonita Vista

DIVISION 4-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Fresno Hoover at (1) Pasadena Poly

(5) Venice at (4) Linfield Christian

(6) San Diego San Ysidro at (3) Arcadia

(7) Paramount at (2) Chatsworth

DIVISION 4-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Milken at (1) Coronado

(5) Pilibos at (4) Arroyo Grande

(6) Crenshaw at (3) Elsinore

(7) Rio Mesa at (2) Escondido Orange Glen

DIVISION 5-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) AGBU at (1) Fresno Roosevelt

(5) Costa Mesa at (4) Palisades, 8 p.m.

(6) Atascadero at (3) Calvary Chapel/SA

(7) Valley Torah at (2) Carlsbad Sage Creek

DIVISION 5-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(1) Kingsburg, bye

(5) San Diego Hoover at (4) Faith Baptist

(6) Desert Hot Springs at (3) Legacy

(7) Fresno Washington Union at (2) Los Angeles Marshall

DIVISION 6-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(1) Fowler, bye

(5) Malibu at (4) San Diego Crawford

(6) Tollhouse Sierra at (3) Bell

(7) Edgewood at (2) San Diego Maranatha Christian

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

(Seed in parentheses)

OPEN DIVISION

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(1) Mater Dei, bye

(5) Harvard-Westlake at (4) San Diego Cathedral

(6) Chula Vista Bonita Vista at (3) Fresno Clovis West, 4:30 p.m.

(7) La Jolla Country Day at (2) Corona Centennial

DIVISION 1-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Lynwood at (1) San Marcos Mission Hills

(5) Carlsbad at (4) Orangewood Academy

(6) Etiwanda at (3) Clovis

(7) La Jolla Bishop’s at (2) West Torrance

DIVISION 1-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Los Angeles Hamilton at (1) Long Beach Poly, 4 p.m.

(5) Caruthers at (4) Esperanza

(6) Rosary at (3) Palisades, 5 p.m.

(7) Fairmont Prep at (2) Spring Valley Mount Miguel

DIVISION 2-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Paloma Valley at (1) Santa Maria Righetti

(5) Chula Vista Mater Dei at (4) Cajon

(6) Eisenhower at (3) Orcutt Academy

(7) Birmingham at (2) Alemany

DIVISION 2-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Westlake at (1) Santa Maria St. Joseph

(5) San Diego Westview at (4) Sage Hill

(6) Ontario Christian at (3) Oceanside El Camino, 5 p.m.

(7) El Camino Real at (2) Sonora

DIVISION 3-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Westchester at (1) Nipomo, 5 p.m.

(5) Crenshaw at (4) Mary Star

(6) La Quinta at (3) Newport Harbor

(7) Rancho Christian at (2) San Diego Rancho Bernardo

DIVISION 3-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Burbank Burroughs at (1) Bakersfield

(5) Clovis Buchanan at (4) Ayala

(6) San Diego Del Norte at (3) Leuzinger

(7) Garfield at (2) Chaparral

DIVISION 4-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) South Pasadena at (1) Los Angeles CES

(5) King/Drew at (4) Agoura

(6) Burbank Providence at (3) Chula Vista Eastlake

(7) San Dimas at (2) Fresno Roosevelt

DIVISION 4-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Immaculate Heart at (1) Bakersfield Christian, 5 p.m.

(5) Los Angeles Marshall at (4) Cerritos Valley Christian

(6) Newport Beach Pacifica Christian at (3) San Diego Our Lady of Peace

(7) Paso Robles at (2) Louisville

DIVISION 5-AA

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(1) San Marcos St. Joseph, bye

(5) Fallbrook at (4) Capistrano Valley Christian

(6) Taft at (3) Pilibos

(7) Calvary Chapel/SA at (2) Strathmore

DIVISION 5-A

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Ramona at (1) San Fernando

(5) Faith Baptist at (4) Sun Valley Poly

(6) Avalon at (3) Escondido Classical Academy

(7) Verdugo Hills at (2) Trinity Classical

DIVISION 6-AA

Semifinals, Thursday

(4) St. Bernard at (1) Chula Vista Victory Christian

(3) Corcoran at (2) Franklin

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Pacifica Christian girls basketball battles to the end, but loses to Louisville in Division 5A title game

NEWPORT BEACH — The Pacifica Christian girls basketball team made its debut in a CIF Southern Section final, and for the first eight minutes looked uncomfortable on the big stage.

The young Tritons rallied to take a brief third-quarter lead but ultimately fell to Louisville in the Division 5A championship game 57-49 Thursday night at Pacifica Christian High.

The Royals (10-3) won their first girls basketball CIF title in school history behind their bigs, freshman Taylor Westbrook, who scored a game-high 22 points, and Katherine Csiszar, who had 14 points.

“That was our game plan coming in,” Louisville coach Monica Hernandez said. “We knew that they had one big, but if we could dominate in the paint we would have a better chance at winning the game.”

Pacifica Christian (15-4) only made two field goals in the opening quarter, both by freshman guard Lauryn Ham, and fell behind 14-5.

Ham finished with 15 points and freshman Annika Jiwani, who was averaging a team-high 21.5 points a game, was held to 11 points.

Pacifica Christian coach James Parker felt that the pressure of playing in a final was a factor for some of his players.

“This is a lot of pressure and she’s (Jiwani) not used to having such adversity and trouble to be able to get going,” Parker said. “I think what happens with the pressure and this game, as a young person, is trying to figure out how they’re going (to make) things happen for themselves and how they’re going to be able to step aside and let the game come to them.”

Parker also believed defensive breakdowns were the reason for the Royals’ success in the low post.

“It was more of our defense breaking down and being out of position,” Parker said. “That was my biggest concern, not getting the rotations we needed and therefore, you got a big body that has the ball in a good position.”

The Royals had a 27-20 halftime lead but the Tritons deployed their full-court press which helped them to an 8-0 run sparked by Charis Wondercheck and Jiwani.

Louisville responded with a 15-2 run to end the third and took a 42-30 advantage to the final quarter.

“We just told them, especially in this type of setting, that runs would make the difference, so if they make a run stay composed and get stops when it mattered, and we did that,” Hernandez said.

Pacifica Christian began the fourth quarter with four quick points on baskets by Nola Mihaly-Garvin (eight points) and Wondercheck (nine points).

The Tritons got within six points at 42-36, but Westbrook scored eight points in the final period and Alyssa Saldana (11 points) hit a shot with 1:25 left in the game to put Pacifica Christian away for good.

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CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs: Saturday’s scores, schedule for the CIF-SS finals

Scores from Saturday’s CIF-SS girls basketball semifinals and the schedule for the championship games Thursday, June 10.

CIF-SS GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

Games start at 7 p.m. unless noted

OPEN DIVISION

Pool play, third round

POOL A

Orangewood Academy (0-2) at Centennial/Corona (2-0), Monday, 5 p.m.

Windward (2-1) 76, West Torrance (1-2) 58

POOL B

Mater Dei (3-0) 61, Harvard-Westlake (2-1) 58

Etiwanda (1-2) 72, Lynwood (0-3) 71

Championship, Friday, June 11

Mater Dei at Centennial/Corona

DIVISION 1

Semifinals results

Fairmont Prep at Long Beach Poly (Monday, 7 p.m.)

Esperanza 61, Rosary 56

Championship, Thursday, June 10

Esperanza at TBD

DIVISION 2AA

Semifinals results

Alemany 74, Leuzinger 57

Cajon 69, Burroughs/Burbank 59

Championship, Thursday, June 10

Cajon at Alemany

DIVISION 2A

Semifinals results

Eisenhower 78, Sonora 66

Paloma Valley 61, Westlake 45

Championship, Thursday, June 10

Eisenhower at Paloma Valley

DIVISION 3AA

Semifinals results

Ontario Christian 62, Chaparral 43

Sage Hill at La Quinta (Tuesday, 7 p.m.)

Championship, Thursday, June 10

Ontario Christian vs. TBD

DIVISION 3A

Semifinals results

San Dimas 66, South Pasadena 60 (OT)

Ayala 62, Cerritos Valley Christian 49

Championship, Thursday, June 10

San Dimas at Ayala

DIVISION 4AA

Semifinals results

Mary Star 57, Immaculate Heart 40

Agoura 47, Providence/Burbank 37

Championship, Thursday, June 10

Agoura at Mary Star

DIVISION 4A

Semifinals results

Rancho Christian 45, Pilibos 33

Newport Harbor 75, Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana 43

Championship, Thursday, June 10

Rancho Christian at Newport Harbor

DIVISION 5AA

Semifinals results

Faith Baptist 33, Ramona 25

Trinity Classical 63, Avalon 41

Championship, Thursday, June 10

Faith Baptist at Trinity Classical

DIVISION 5A

Semifinals results

Pacifica Christian/NB 54, St. Bernard 31

Capistrano Valley Christian at Louisville (Monday, 7 p.m.)

Championship, Thursday, June 10

TBD at Pacifica Christian/NB

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Newport Harbor races past Calvary Chapel to claim spot in girls basketball CIF-SS 4A title game

SANTA ANA — The Newport Harbor girls basketball team put its foot on the gas pedal and never let up in the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 4A playoffs on Saturday night.

Five players scored in double digits for the Sailors in their 75-43 victory over host Calvary Chapel.

The victory sends Newport Harbor to the CIF-SS finals. The Sailors will host Rancho Christian on Thursday, June 10.

“We always know to go in strong to set the tone,” Newport Harbor guard Cydney Jover said. “This has been our goal since the beginning of the season. We knew we had the potential and we’re getting it done. We’re just going to keep going until we’re stopped.”

Postgame interview with Cydney Jover of Newport Harbor. 14 points and 7 assist for Jover as the Sailors advance to the CIF-SS Division 4A Finals!@ocvarsity @NHHSailors @NHAthleticfund @nhhs_asb pic.twitter.com/yUZdWDjt8l

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) June 6, 2021

Newport Harbor (17-2) held the lead during the entire game, thanks in large part to its balanced scoring. Chase Dionio scored 19 points, Daelyn Renee added 13 points, six steals and five assists. Willa Rath scored 14 points to go with her eight rebounds.

Newport Harbor’s biggest lead was 38 points and it forced Calvary Chapel (17-4) to turn the ball over 24 times.

“We have a team-oriented group,” Renee said. “We all love each other and we’re all family. We have a lot of talented players and we all work really hard together. We use our strengths and work as a team as much as we can.”

Postgame interview with Daelyn Renee. 13 points with 5 assists and 6 steals for Renee as she helps Newport Harbor advance to the CIF-SS Division 4A Finals!@ocvarsity @NHHSailors @NHAthleticfund @nhhs_asb @TeranRodriguez1 pic.twitter.com/yg9eTZhFTZ

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) June 6, 2021

The Eagles were playing without star guard Cassandra Zazueta, who tore her ACL before the playoffs. Her twin sister, Chloe Zazueta, led Calvary Chapel with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Emma Nguyen added 14 points for the Eagles while Marley Zaky contributed seven points and six rebounds.

Emma Fults scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Jover added 14 points and seven assists for Newport Harbor.

“We have to keep playing like the way we’ve been playing,” Newport Harbor coach Jillian Angell said. “We have to play our game and not focus too much on Rancho Christian, aside from knowing what defense they play and their size. It’s all about just continuing to play our offense and getting back to being strong on defense.”

Postgame interview with Newport Harbor coach Jillian Angell as her Sailors pinch their ticket to the CIF-SS Division 4A Finals!@ocvarsity @NHHSailors @NHAthleticfund @nhhs_asb @TeranRodriguez1 pic.twitter.com/sPNLWkJwf5

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) June 6, 2021

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