Rowland falls short in final seconds: One surprising CIF Southern Section boys basketball playoff run will continue. The other surprising run came to an end.
West Torrance High School held off hard-charging Rowland 64-60 on Friday night to advance to next weekend’s CIF-SS Division 4AA championship game, the Warriors’ first appearance in the final.“
We expected (to get the title game) at the beginning of the year, but nobody else believed in us,” West coach Neal Perlmutter said. “We believed in ourselves.“We’ve never been this far. It’s huge.”
Chino Hills loses in OT: The Chino Hills Huskies fall short to Mater Dei in overtime of the CIF Southern Section Open Division Semifinals, 83-80. LaMelo Ball was unable to seal the game for the Huskies with a 3-point attempt in regulation tied at 72.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Open Division consolation quarterfinals
Damien 88, JSerra 82
Mater Dei 83, Chino Hills 80, OT
Maranatha 52, Cantwell Sacred Heart 50
Pasadena 77, Peninsula 65
St. Paul 56, San Bernardino 52
West Torrance 64, Rowland 60
Blair 76, Riverside Woodcrest Christian 61
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m., unless indicated
Tuesday’s Open Division Consolation semifinal
Damien at Redondo Union, 7 p.m.
Friday, Saturday Championship games
Maranatha vs. Rancho Verde, TBA
Pasadena vs. Harvard Westalke, TBA
Twentynine Palms vs. St. Paul
West Torrance vs. Blair
Bishop Amat’s Sophia Serafin put on a show during the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer quarerfinals on Friday, scoring a season-high six goals with an assist in a 8-1 rout over visiting Chaminade.
Serafin, the Stanford-bound forward who missesd her sophomore and junior seasons because of injuries and commitments with U.S. national youth soccer teams, has made the most of her senior year.
The multi-goal effort by Serafin, who scored four of her goals in the first half, pushed her season goal-total to 39 as Amat advanced to host Claremont, a 1-0 overtime winner over Royal, in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Bishop Amat, winners of CIF-SS titles in 2011 and ’13, also received goals from Alexandra Jaquez and Nayeli Diaz to improve to 24-3.
Glendora’s best season ever ends: After a two-year hiatus, the South Torrance High School girls soccer team looks like it’s ready to get back into the CIF Southern Section championship business after a convincing 3-0 win over Glendora in the Division 3 quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at South High.
No. 2-seeded South (18-1-2) plays at Flintridge Prep in the semifinals on Tuesday.South led 2-0 at halftime and then dominated the possession game in the second half. The Spartans put the game out of reach in the 50th minute on a bang-bang-bang play by Holly Kaemerle.
Olympia Katsouridis lofted the ball into the Glendora 18-yard box and Kaemerle came in with the flying header. Her shot was saved, there was a rebound, Kaemerle pounced on it and shot and had it saved again. But there was another rebound, and again Kaemerle was there to pounce on it, and this time knocked it into the net, putting the game out of reach.
San Dimas falls in PKs: A penalty kick by Gabrielino in the 54th minute broke open a close game and the Eagles went on to beat San Dimas 8-3 in a CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon.
The Eagles (16-3-2) will face Maranatha or Crean Lutheran next Tuesday in the semifinal round.
The Eagles were leading 4-3 when it appeared Ciannah Correa tripped over the legs of Saints keeper Riley Osuna, who had made a diving catch of the ball near the front of the penalty area.
The referee gave Osuna a yellow card and Izel Gutierrez put the PK into the corner of the goal for a 5-3 lead.
“That PK changed the everything,” Saints coach Josh Arenas said. “I was told that (Correa) had cleat marks (on her) and that was an automatic PK.”
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs results
Bishop Amat 8, Chaminade 1
Claremont 1, Royal 0, OT
South Torrance 3, Glendora 0
Gabrielino 8, San Dimas 3
Lennox Academy 0, Arroyo 0, LA advances in PKs 3-2
Pacific 2, El Monte 0
Temecula Valley at La Mirada, 3 or 5 p.m.
Claremont at Bishop Amat, 3 or 5 p.m.
South Torrance at Flintridge Prep, 3 or 5 p.m.
Gabrielino at Crean Lutheran, 3 or 5 p.m.
Lennox Academy at San Gabriel Mission, 3 or 5 p.m.
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
Diamond Bar heads to title game: Ashley Yoo took up water polo three years ago because she thought it was a better alternative than having to take physical education when she was a freshman at Diamond Bar High School. It turned out to be a good decision.
Yoo scored four goals to lead the Brahmas to an 11-3 win over Chaffey on Wednesday in a CIF Southern Section semifinal at Ontario High.
The win sends Diamond Bar (26-7) into Saturday’s CIF-SS title match against top seed Santa Ynez (19-10), a 7-5 winner over Whittier in the other semifinal, at Irvine High.The win sends Diamond Bar (26-7) into Saturday’s CIF-SS title match against top seed Santa Ynez (19-10), a 7-5 winner over Whittier in the other semifinal, at Irvine High.
The match was one between two teams having their best season in school history. Neither had ever been to the playoffs previously.
Chaffey started its program in 2001 while Diamond Bar started its program only three year ago. The Brahmas were 7-22 a year ago, so the thought of winning a championship wasn’t necessarily there.
Girls Water Polo
Schurr 7, Agoura 5
Oxnard 10, South Pasadena 3
Pasadena Poly 6, Santa Ana Valley 4, OT
Santa Ynez 7, Whittier 5
Diamond Bar 11, Chaffey 3
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.