By John Sherrard
MONTEBELLO — The anticipated Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary vs. St. Paul High School CIF-SS Division 4A semifinal girls basketball matchup won’t happen this year.
Cantwell, seeded third in the division, fell in an upset to a virtual unknown school from the San Fernando Valley, Armenian General Benevolent Union, of Canoga Park, 43-38, in a quarterfinal game Thursday night.
“I don’t want to take anything away from AGBU, they played a great game, but I felt personally that my team picked the wrong day to mentally break down in key moments of this game,” first-year Cantwell coach Matt Zamora said.
“Hats off to them because when we broke down, they capitalized and they did it just enough to keep them ahead.”
One major breakdown was at the free throw line for the Cardinals. They shot only 43 percent, connecting on 10 of 23 attempts.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was sophomore forward Lily Perkins with 14 points. Sammy Flores added six points on two 3-pointers.
By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER — Whenever the La Serna High School girls soccer team needed a big effort over the past few seasons, Michelle Reed was always there to step up.
The senior did it again Thursday.
Reed scored on a free kick in the 66th minute and the Lancers advanced to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals for the third time in four seasons with a 1-0 victory over visiting Colony in a Division 5 quarterfinal game.
La Serna, the division’s No. 4 seed, improved to 18-4-5 and will host top seed La Quinta in the semifinals on Tuesday. Colony, which got seven saves from goalie Natalie Yep, finished 16-5-2.
La Serna’s Michelle Reed: “I was trying to find the back post. It was in an awkward spot, where the keeper didn’t know if she should come out or not. It wound up being awkward and it went in.”
SIERRA VISTA 2, SCHURR 0
Sierra Vista forward Alejandra Vargas said the curse is over.
After three straight quarterfinal losses, Sierra Vista girls soccer finally got over the hump with a 2-0 victory over Schurr in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinals.
Sierra Vista, which won the school’s only team title when it won a divisional soccer title in 2010, will host Temescal Canyon, a 1-0 winner over Summit, in Tuesday’s semifinals.
— Fred Robledo
LA MIRADA 1, ROYAL O
Maddy Bennett scored the game-winning goal to lead the Matadores (24-2) to advance to the semifinals against Santa Monica.
St. Monica at La Mirada, 3 p.m.
La Quinta at La Serna, 3 p.m.
By Stephen Ramirez
SANTA FE SPRINGS — The St. Paul and Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary high school girls basketball teams opened the CIF-Southern Section playoffs knowing that if they took care of business they could meet in a mammoth Division 4A semifinal.
The No. 2 seed Swordsmen did their part Wednesday.
Clarissa Perez scored a career-high 30 points and St. Paul advanced to the division final four with a 64-52 victory over Notre Dame Academy, of Los Angeles, in the quarterfinals.
Cantwell, the No. 3 seed, gets its chance Thursday night when it hosts Armenian General Benevolent Union, of Canoga Park, at 7 p.m.
Adrianna Gonzalez also had 17 points for the Swordsmen, who improved to 19-13. Stephanie Umeh had 14 points and Kendall Chan 12 for the Regals, who slipped to 16-13.
St. Paul, after leading by 16 points at halftime, look like it might let this one slip through its fingers after Notre Dame put on a 13-1 blitz to pull with 38-34 late in the third quarter. Umeh then followed a 3-pointer by Chan with a drive and layup to get it to 50-48 with 4:51 left.
Then the Swordsmen’s defense took over. Gonzalez drove the baseline for a 52-48 lead before St. Paul forced three consecutive turnovers, which led to three straight layups, including two by Perez to push it to 58-50 with 2:30 remaining.
St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez: “It’s nice to go to the semifinals. It’s good for our team, good for our tradition, it’s good for our school. Everyone is excited and ready to go. Everyone is on the same page, which is all we can ask.”
VALLEY VIEW 72, EL RANCHO 35
Crystal Rodriguez scored 17 points and Sarah Gurrola had 13 for the Dons, who finished 20-11.
Corona del Mar 57, Sonora 47