Girls Hoops: Bonita punches its ticket to the Big Dance, wins rematch with Bishop Amat, 65-53; Diamond Ranch falls to Serra in OT, 82-70

CIF-SS girls basketball semifinals
Division 3A

Bonita 65, Bishop Amat 53
Division 3AA
Serra 82, Diamond Ranch 70, OT

At Anaheim Convention Center, 8:15 p.m.
Bonita vs. Orange Lutheran

Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley might be the best freshman I’ve ever seen. At least it feels like that after the performance she delivered tonight. Wheatley helped the Bearcats rally from a 30-26 halftime deficit, scoring 19 of her game high 26 points in the second half to lead the Bearcats to a 65-53 win over Amat and their first appearance in a championship game next week. Bonita won with a solid effort from their big four, who all finished in double figures. Taylor Anderson poured in 17 points and Madison Zylstra and Brianna Kennedy scored 11 each. Amat was paced by Vianai Austin (17 points) and Leeah Powell (16 points). Andrea Villanueva chipped in with 13 and Leticia Galarza had 7. That was it, four players from both teams providing all the scoring. When it was over, I followed the celebration on my little flip cam and talked to Wheatley, Anderson and Bonita coach Darrin Baumunk. It’s great stuff, check it out.

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