With the CIF-State pairings coming out Sunday and the first round of the Division I playoffs coming 24 hours later, it doesn’t leave much time to scout your opponent. But due to a lucky break, Chino Hills was able to scout tonight’s opponent – No. 1 seed and Los Angeles city champion Woodland Hills Taft.
Arrowhead Christian and Granite Hills may have fallen in their CIF finals yesterday, but they will get new life in the CIF Southern California Regional championships starting Tuesday.
There’s no rest for the weary basketball players in the area, as the thrill of CIF championship play has to now be replicated in the state playoffs, which start today for some teams. Complete brackets can be found at cifstate.org. Here are the games involving Sun/Bulletin teams. All games at 7 p.m.
The Rebels used tight defense and just enough offense to win their second straight CIF title, taking out Los Osos 51-40. There seemed to be a lid on the Los Osos basket in the fourth, as the Grizzlies only scored four points in the final 6:16 of the game. Star center Cierra Warren battled foul trouble throughout, fouling out with 3:18 left.
Los Osos has scored 6 of the first 9 points of the fourth to move within 43-36. Michelle Dobbs just hit a pair of free throws before a Grizzly timeout.
A 16-3 run to end the third period has the Rebels up 40-30 going into the fourth. Los Osos started the period out well, scoring the first five points to take a 27-24 lead, but the Rebels awoke with consecutive 3-pointers by Chloe Wells and Lola Wells. Tamicka Mackall ended the third with a trey as well for Miller.
Shineque Phillips’ layup with roughly 10 seconds left in the first half gives Miller a 24-22 lead at halftime. Los Osos’ offense settled down and committed far fewer turnovers in the second period, while the Miller 3-point shooting has been non-existent, as the Rebels only have one trey.
Both Cierra Warren (Los Osos) and Brianna Hall (Miller) are in foul trouble with 3 each. Lola Wells leads Miller with 10 points, while Michelle Dobbs has five for the Grizzlies.
Los Osos scored the last four points of the first quarter to pull within 14-8. However, the Grizzlies have been forced into nine turnovers already.
Rebels up 13-4 with 2:05 left in the first quarter. Cierra Warren received two fouls in the first 1:08 and is on the bench.
Cajon, despite using their starting five the entire 32 minutes, wins the first girls basketball CIF title in school history with a 51-47 victory over Ayala.