But in the end, Covina High School’s first trip to the Final Four in the school’s history was well deserved as the Colts steamrolled the Spartans in the second half to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A girls basketball semifinals with a 51-25 victory over the Spartans.
Covina (25-3), the second seed in the division, will face area juggernaut and third-seed Bishop Amat (19-11), a 54-30 winner over St. Joseph, at Bishop Amat in Saturday’s semifinal at 7 p.m.
Game Story: What was trending like a game that may come down to the final possession turned into anything but that for the Bonita High School girls basketball team Wednesday night.
The Bearcats played arguably their best five-minute stretch of the season and it was enough to avoid the need for any late dramatics as they put away visiting Agoura with a 53-45 win in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA playoffs.
Game Story: The third-seeded Diamond Ranch High School girls basketball team advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive year with a 43-34 win over Palos Verdes in Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA quarterfinals.
Basketball Roundup leading with Amat’s win: The Lancers (19-11), opening a first-quarter lead of 17-2, advanced behind the play of Leeah Powell, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Paulina Santana contributed 11 points and Janae Chamois had 10 points.
Wednesday’s second and quarterfinal results
Temecula Valley 57, Diamond Bar 33
Ventura 62, Chino Hills 22
Bonita 53, Agoura 45
Diamond Ranch 43, Palos Verdes 34
Oak Park 64, Charter Oak 29
Atascadero 60, St. Lucy’s 55
Bishop Amat 54, Lakewood St. Joseph 30
Covina 51, La Canada 25