ROWLAND KEEPS THE FAITH: When Rowland needed to keep the faith, it looked to junior sparkplug Faith Castillo, and did she ever deliver.
Castillo made the go-ahead free throws with 30 seconds left, and Rowland held on for a come-from-behind 53-52 victory over Walnut in Wednesday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinals, sending the Raiders (26-1) to Saturday’s semifinals where they will host Camarillo, a 57-39 winner over Downey.
Walnut’s sophomore center Theresa Lin opened the fourth quarter with six straight points to give the Mustangs a 48-40 lead with 5:50 left, but the Raiders kept battling.
Duarte comes up short: Every coach says that defense wins championships and the Huntington Beach High School full-court press was the difference as the Oilers shut down Duarte 51-34 in a CIF Southern Section Division 1A girls basketball quarterfinal match on Wednesday night.
The third-seeded Oilers (21-7) will be at second-seeded Esperanza in a semifinal game on Saturday night.“
I think our height advantage gave them a tough time,” Oilers coach Russell McClurg said. “We went after the weakness of their smaller guards and they had trouble throwing over the top of the press.”
CIF-Southern Section Playoff Results
Girls Basketball Basketball
Huntington Beach 51, Duarte 34
JSerra 49, Los Altos 47
Rowland 53, Walnut 52
Glendora 66, Yucca Valley 28
Bishop Amat 47, San Clemente 30
Pomona 51, Aquinas 32
Camarillo at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Thousand Oaks, 7 p.m.
Oxnard Pacifica at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Pomona at Knight, 7 p.m.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Wednesday’s second round
El Rancho 3, Chino Hills 1
Citrus Valley 1, Diamond Bar 0
Claremont 2, Saddleback 0
Norwalk 1, Glendora 0
El Monte 1, Baldwin Park 0
Rialto 1, Diamond Ranch 0
Nogales 2, Desert Hot Spring 0
Wilson 1, Azusa 0
Adelanto 6, La Puente 2
Northview 1, University Prep 0
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Glendora 66, Yucca Valley 28 — Karlee Fink had 15 points, Michelle Can scored 12 and Alex Lowden had 11 for the Tartans (25-5) in a CIF Division 3AA quarterfinal victory.
El Monte 1, Baldwin Park 0 — Carlos Navarro scored the winning goal and goalie Andrew Espinoza had a shutout for the Lions in a Division 5 second-round win.
Chino 2, Santa Monica 0 — Michael Arellano and Raymond Perez each scored for the Cowboys in a Division 5 second-round match.
Santa Paula 5, Garey 2 — Ivan Escobar scored twice for the Vikings in a Division 5 second-round loss.
Edgewood 13, West Covina 5 — The team of Ryan Van and John Situ won two sets in doubles for the Bulldogs in a nonleague loss.
No. 4 Schurr 7, No. 1 Agoura 5
No. 2 Riverside Poly 6, No. 3 King 5
No. 3 Peninsula 10, No. 2 South Pasadena 3
No. 1 Pasadena Poly 6, No. 4 Santa Ana Valley 4, OT
No. 3 Xavier Prep 8, No. 2 Tesoro 7
No. 1 Santa Ynez 7, No. 4 Whittier 5
No. 2 Diamond Bar 11, No. 3 Chaffey 3
Saturday’s finals at Irvine HS
No. 4 Schurr (29-2) vs. No. 2 Riverside Poly (20-9)
No. 1 Pasadena Poly (21-5) vs. vs. No. 3 Xavier Prep (26-7)
No. 1 Santa Ynez (20-10) vs. No. 2 Diamond Bar (25-7)
Damien falls late: For three quarters, Sierra Canyon and Damien went back and forth in a thrilling CIF Southern Section Open Division quarterfinal.
Only Sierra Canyon, however, had enough gas left to keep running in the fourth, using a layup parade to race past Damien 95-81 at Simi Valley High on Tuesday.
All but one of Sierra Canyon’s fourth-quarter field goals came on layups or dunks as Marvin Bagley and Cody Riley scored the Trailblazers’ last 20 points.
“We needed other guys to get hot shooting and once Damien spread their zone, we went right at them inside,” Sierra Canyon coach Ty Nichols said.
Rowland in semis for first time in 40 years: Rowland withstood a pesky Segerstrom team that kept it close before a run late in the third quarter gave it the separation it needed for a 65-56 victory on Tuesday night in the CIF-SS Division 4AA quarterfinals.
The Jaguars’ Luis Pacheco’s 3-point basket midway through the third quarter made it 37-35, but that was as close as Segerstrom got.
Rowland closed out the pivotal third quarter on a 12-5 run to open a 49-40 lead.The Raiders built on their lead, thanks in large part to senior Curtis Hong scoring 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Sierra Canyon 95, Damien 81
Chino Hills 98, Long Beach Poly 74
Rowland 65, Segerstrom 56
Valley Torah 65, Mountain View 61
West Torrance at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Friday’s Open Division quarterfinals
JSerra at Damien, 7 p.m.
Mater Dei vs. Chino Hills at Galen Center, 8:30 p.m.
Glendora adances to quarters: The Glendora girls soccer team made history Tuesday night at Citrus College.
The Tartans (19-4-2) moved into the CIF-Division 3 quarterfinals for the first time in program history with a 3-0 shutout of Oxnard.The Tartans will play at second-seeded South Torrance at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon.“
This is the first team to ever win a league soccer title and the first to get into the quarters,” Tartans coach Steve Jimenez said. “The reason we’re here is because of our defense. We’ve had 13 shutouts this year and defense wins championships.”The Tartans scored early when Hanna Goff put the ball into the back of the net in the 18th minute with an assist from Alexis Rushlow.“
We put them away early,” Jimenez said. “That helped tremendously but we lost some intensity and from now on we’ll play teams that attack the way we do so we’ll have to keep attacking.”
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
All games at 3 p.m. unless noted
Tuesday’s second round
Bishop Amat 4, El Modena 2
Glendora 3, Oxnard 0
Sierra Canyon 1, West Covina 0, OT
San Dimas 6, Jurupa Valley 1
Arroyo 1, Fillmore 0
El Monte 1, Carpineria 1, El Monte advances on PKs, 5-4
Pacific 3, Pomona 2, OT
Rancho Mirage 2, Ganesha 0