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LA SALLE 55, WORKMAN 41
INDUSTRY – La Salle High School struggled a bit while playing in arguably the toughest girls basketball league in the CIF-Southern Section.
But the payoff for being in the rugged Del Rey League, which features powers Serra, Bishop Amat and Bishop Montgomery, came Thursday night.
Claire Fitzgerald scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Lancers to a 55-41 victory over host Workman in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA first-round game.
La Salle, also getting 10 points each from Caroline Knop and Dionna Williams, improved to 12-13 and will face either Flintridge Sacred Heart or No. 9 29 Palms in Saturday’s second round. The Lancers are the No. 8 seed.
Alize Williams had 22 points for Workman, which finished 18-9.
La Salle nearly put this one away during the first quarter, using a 16-2 run to start the game to take command. Williams finished the opening period with 14 points as the Lancers led 20-5. Workman was held to two field goals and committed five turnovers during the first five minutes.
But the Lobos, who went 13-1 in winning the Montview League, rallied. Workman, also getting 12 points from Alicia Aguirre, cut it to 24-15 early in the second quarter. Then after falling behind by 15 in the fourth quarter, the Lobos rallied to within 10 before two missed opportunities sealed their fate.
La Salle’s Claire Fitzgerald: “Playing those really great teams (in the Del Rey League) prepared us for the playoffs, because they are great teams. We were just 1-7 in league, but playing those great teams help us prepare for the playoffs.”
Workman’s Alize Williams: “We were on a downfall at first. We had to talk it up and see what we could do. It was tough.”
- Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
CIF-SS PLAYOFF RESULTS
THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND
Calabasas 58, El Monte 47
Diamond Ranch 53, Saddleback 15
Charter Oak 71, Hawthorne 60, OT
South Hills 53, Apple Valley 27
Wilson 57, Palm Desert 31
Inglewood 77, Ganesha 24
St Joseph 40, St Lucys 31
Estancia 57, Gladstone 35
Ocean View 47, Pomona 39
Covina 52, Barstow 40
Atascadero 52, South El Monte 18
Santa Margarita 59, Azusa 23
La Salle 55, Workman 41
Harvard-Westlake 52, Duarte 38
Banning 44, Bassett 29
Bishop Amat at Oxnard Pacifica, 5 p.m.
Silverado at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at Foothill, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Tesoro, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at West Torrance, 7 p.m.
Claremont at Royal, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Palos Verdes, 7 p.m.
San Juan Hills at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Tustin at South Hills, 7 p.m.
Lakeside at Wilson, 7 p.m.
Covina at Oak Park, 7 p.m.