Etiwanda girls nearly pull off comeback in CIF final loss to Santiago

There was the victory over Corona Santiago in December, the epic semifinal over the No. 1 team in the country and the quarterfinal win over nemesis Long Beach Poly. The Etiwanda girls basketball team would have likely traded it all for a win Friday night.

But the Eagles lost a rematch with Santiago in the CIF-SS Division 1AA title game, 70-65, at the Anaheim Arena.

Amy Okonkwo, the hero of Etiwanda’s overtime win on Wednesday over a Mater Dei team ranked No. 1 in the country by, followed her 27-point performance with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Eagles. But Crishae Rowe of third-seeded Santiago was up to the challenge with 25 points to lead the Sharks (29-2).

“My biggest fear was that the girls would consider their goal achieved after beating Poly and Mater Dei,” Etiwanda coach Anders Anderson said. “But they way they came out in the second half and the way they fought until the end demonstrated that they came to play tonight.”

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After win over nation’s No. 1, Etiwanda girls basketball team wants a ring

It’s near impossible to argue that the Etiwanda High School girls basketball team’s one-point overtime victory Wednesday over a two-time defending state champion ranked No. 1 in the country wasn’t the most significant in school history.

The Eagles want a ring with which to remember it.

After preventing top-seeded Santa Ana Mater Dei from playing for a fifth straight CIF-SS championship, No. 5 seed Etiwanda will take on Corona Santigao Friday night for the Division 1AA title.

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CIF-SS girls basketball playoff scores: Bonita ends Cajon’s undefeated season

Mater Dei 56, Corona Centennial 39
Etiwanda 60, Long Beach Poly 50
Corona Santiago 78, Millikan 63
Troy 66, Rancho Verde 26

Bishop Amat 54, Westminster 50
Ventura 62, Aliso Niguel 49
Vista Murrieta 61, Miller 54
Canyon Springs 80, Buena 51

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Girls basketball playoff pairings: Etiwanda seeded 5th in Division 1AA

Long Beach Wilson at No. 1 Mater Dei
Knight at Silverado
Corona Centennial at Rialto
Oxnard Pacifica at Valencia
Roosevelt at Etiwanda
Chino Hills at Edison
Great Oak at Brea Olinda
Downey at No. 4 Long Beach Poly
Warren at Corona Santiago
Diamond Bar at San Clemente
West Ranch at Highland
Rancho Cucamonga at Millikan
Upland at Rancho Verde
Riverside King at Los Alamitos
Summit at Arcadia
Chaparral at Troy

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Colony guard’s late-season push drawing eye of college scouts

There was a specific point this season at which Colony guard Everett Turner began to draw the eye of more college scouts, something he hopes will continue at a high-profile showcase on Saturday. Colony will take on Mission Viejo at noon in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School, where the senior hopes to continue a tear that began following the Titans loss to Mt. Baldy League rival Montclair Jan. 4.

The 6-foot-2 combo guard is averaging 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and four steals since Jan. 4. The streak includes a 41-point game and 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in a rematch win over Montclair on Jan. 18.

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Eisenhower coach facing more surgeries after last week’s shooting

UPDATE: Eisenhower basketball coach and athletic director Steve Johnson is likely facing more surgeries after being shot multiple times Jan. 21 at at Seccombe Park in San Bernardino. The shooting caused damage to Johnson’s stomach and intestines in addition to breaking bones in his arm, according to this report.

It was determined fairly quickly that the injuries to Johnson, 47, were not life threatening. He was in fair condition as of Jan. 23.

The two-time Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year was able to drive himself to a police station despite the gunshot wounds and was later transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment. Here is the complete story of the events that began at 8 p.m. Monday night.

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