Bonita falls short against Lynwood: The jump to CIF-SS Division 2AA this season was looking like it never was going to catch up to the Bonita High School girls basketball team.
In Tuesday’s semifinal, however, Lynwood was too tall an order.
The towering lineup of the third-seeded Knights dominated the boards in the second half as it pulled away for a 60-47 victory over seventh-seeded Bonita. The defending division champion Knights are back in the title game, where they will face the winner of No. 1 seed Mark Keppel and No. 4 seed Riverside North.
Bishop Amat to play for second straight and sixth divisional title: Bishop Amat High School was pushed to the limit Tuesday.
But that just made the Lancers shove back, which put them in position for a repeat.
Paulina Santana scored 17 points, including two key free throws with 11.6 seconds left, and Bishop Amat advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A girls basketball final with a 51-48 victory at Ventura.
Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard: “Our kids never gave in. They showed great fight. They made the plays they needed to make. We didn’t make a lot of foul shots down the stretch, but (Santana) made those two huge ones, and that’s the key. You have to make enough to win.”
Bishop Amat’s Paulina Santana: They were a great team that really challenged us. We kept our composure and capitalize. Kudos to my teammates. It was a great game and we were able do what we are supposed to do. I think we’re experienced as a team and that definitely helped us out.”
Girls Basketball Playoffs
Bishop Amat 51, Ventura 48
Lynwood 60, Bonita 47
Clay Fowler with highlights and interviews following Bonita’s loss