Saturday Recap: Crystal Rodriguez had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead El Rancho GBB to the Div 1A first-round victory

Girls Basketball
El Rancho 75, Pioneer Valley 63 — Crystal Rodriguez had 27 points and 14 rebounds and Sarah Gurrola added 18 points for the Dons (20-9) in a Division 1A first-round contest. Ashley Miller had 12 points for El Rancho.

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Friday Night Massacre: La Mirada, Sonora boys hoop survive; as does Cal, La Serna boys soccer …the rest are gone; Cantwell drops in Open consolation bracket with loss at Etiwanda

 La Mirada's Anthony Newman (11) makes a shot as they play West Covina in their CIF playoff game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday February 20 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada’s Anthony Newman (11) makes a shot as they play West Covina in their CIF playoff game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday February 20 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


By Stephen Ramirez

LA MIRADA — La Mirada High School looked every bit like the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A boys basketball playoffs Friday.
Anthony Newman scored 32 points on nine 3-pointers and the Matadores smothered visiting West Covina, 70-23, in their post-season opener.
Kendall Lauderdale also had 16 points for La Mirada, which improved to 24-4 and will travel to Agoura, a 66-38 winner over Rio Mesa, in Tuesday’s second round. AJ Garcia had six points to lead the Bulldogs, who finished 12-16.


La Mirada’s Anthony Newman: “We came out strong, played good defense, like we always do. We’re trying to beat every team out here, listen to the coaches. We’re buying in and trying to win a CIF title.”

La Mirada coach Bryce Jones: “Tonight was about Anthony Newman. I haven’t seen the final stats, but he finished with nine 3-pointers. For him to do that, we’re tough to beat when he’s scoring like that. He stretches the floor for us and had a heck of a night.”
ETIWANDA 52, CANTWELL SACRED HEART OF MARY 39
RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The Etiwanda boys basketball team has always lived and died with its defense. Well the Eagles are thriving.
Sophomore guard Miles Oliver scored 18 points to lead the way as the sixth-seeded Eagles surged past visiting Cantwell Sacred Heart 52-39 in a CIF-SS Open Division first-round playoff game on Friday.
The Eagles (21-7) will host Sierra Canyon on Wednesday.

– Michelle Gardner
EISENHOWER 64, WHITTIER 60
WHITTIER — A frenetic comeback attempt by the Whittier High School boys basketball team fell just short in a first-round CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoff loss Friday night.
The host Cardinals were down by 16 points midway through the third quarter when they began to rally.
Eisenhower, however, held on to defeat Whittier, 64-60, and will play Ayala on Tuesday.
Whittier junior forward Miguel Salazar had perhaps the best single quarter of his high school career, scoring 18 points in the fourth to give the Cardinals (21-6) a chance at a comeback victory.
“We were down by so much and I wanted to keep the season alive for our team, especially for our seniors,” the soft-spoke Salazar said. “I just started to attack the basket.”
All of his teammates realized that and Dominic Saldana fed him with a great pass under the basket which Salazar made and sank the free throw to cut the Eisenhower lead to 57-54.
Saldana led all scorers in the game with 30.

– John Sherrard
Here is tonight’s CIF-SS playoff schedule:
BOYS BASKETBALL
FIRST ROUND
OPEN DIVISION

No. 6 Etiwanda 54, No. 11 Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 39
DIVISION IAA
No. 4 Santa Margarita 73, Montebello 47
No. 2 Tustin 53, Schurr 37
No. 2 Village Christian 75, Cal 62
DIVISION 1A
No. 14 Glendale 61, Santa Fe 60
DIVISION 2AA
Eisenhower 64, at No. 14 Whittier 60
DIVISION 2A
No. 1 La Mirada 70, West Covina 23
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 3AA
Sonora 85, Northwood 77
DIVISION 3A
No. 4 Esperanza 71, Pioneer 65
DIVISION 4A
Buckley 41, No. 13 Whittier Christian 36
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 7 P.M.
BOYS SOCCER
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 2

No. 1 Millikan 4, El Rancho 2
California 2, Palm Springs 0
Laguna Hills 4, Schurr 2 (PKs)
La Serna 1, Sonora 0
Jordan 1, Montebello 0
DIVISION 4
Laguna Beach 1, La Mirada 0
DIVISION 5
No. 1 Granite Hills 8, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 0
DIVISION 7
Laguna Blanca 7, St. Paul 1
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 3 P.M.

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CIF-SS Playoffs: El Rancho, Sonora, St. Paul girls basketball survive and advance; La Serna, Schurr outsed in girls water polo

WHIT GIRLS

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FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

No. 16 Fountain Valley 70, Schurr 65
No. 3 Millikan 78, La Serna 49
DIVISION 1A
No. 1 Burroughs 57, Santa Fe 32
El Rancho 75, Pioneer Valley 63
DIVISION 2AA
No. 14 Walnut 70, Whittier 48
DIVISION 2A
No. 12 Grand Terrace 53, La Habra 48
No. 7 San Jacinto 78, La Mirada 35
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Sonora 44, La Sierra 29
DIVISION 4A
No. 2 St. Paul 56, Whitney 24
MONDAY’S GAME
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 4A

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary at California School of Match and Science
ALL GAMES ARE SCHEDULED FOR 7 P.M.
GIRLS WATER POLO
QUARTERFINALS
DIVISION 2

No. 4 Murrieta Valley 13, Montebello 11
No. 2 Agoura 8, Schurr 1
DIVISION 3
No. 1 Arroyo Grande 10, La Serna 1

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CIF-SS Girls Soccer: Whittier Christian, Schurr at home in second round; La Serna, La Mirada hit the road

 Whittier Christian goal keeper Shiloh Moore eyes a shot by Maranatha in the first half of a prep soccer match at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Whittier Christian goal keeper Shiloh Moore eyes a shot by Maranatha in the first half of a prep soccer match at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The schedule for Tuesday’s girls soccer second round is up and the area’s top two teams — La Serna and La Mirada — will hit the road. But the area’s Division 6 entries — Schurr and Whittier Christian — will be at home
TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 4

No. 2 La Mirada at Crescenta Valley
DIVISION 5
La Serna at Linfield Christian
DIVISION 6
Grand Terrace at Schurr
Temescal Canyon at Whittier Christian
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 3 P.M.

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CIF-SS playoffs: La Serna girls soccer advances with 8-0 win over Lompoc; Cantwell routs Southlands in girls basketball


GIRLS SOCCER
LA SERNA 8, LOMPOC 0

WHITTIER – La Serna High School was a surprise first-round loser in the CIF-Southern Section girls soccer playoffs last season.
The Lancers made sure not to repeat the offense.
Michelle Reed scored two goals and had two assists as No. 4 seed La Serna opened up the postseason with an 8-0 victory over visiting Lompoc in a Division 5 first-round game on Thursday.
Miranda Yzabal had a goal and assist for the Lancers, who improved to 16-4-5 and will face either Rowland or Linfield Christian in the second round on Tuesday. La Serna also got goals from Elizabeth Hernandez, Natasha Ortiz, Jillian Issacs, Colleen Tamashiro andaniela Paiz.
Ali Gonzalez had 15 saves for Lompoc, which finished 11-8-3. La Serna outshot the Braves, 37-2.

La Serna’s Michelle Reed: “As soon as we got that first goal, we wanted more. We remembered what it felt like last year and we didn’t want to go through that again. We couldn’t finish 1-0. We had to take it to them and finish with five or more.”

La Serna coach Tessa Troglia: “I think they (the La Serna players) knew that you play 80 minutes and that dictates the outcome. (Last year) was a lesson for us, so I think (Thursday) they stayed focused and played good soccer. They finished their chances. They played really well today.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL
CANTWELL 84, SOUTHLANDS 12
MONTEBELLO –
An all out clinic was put on in a division 3A first round CIF-Southern Section girls basketball game Thursday night.
And the benefactor was the division number three seed Cantwell Sacred Heart Cardinals, an 84-12 winner over visiting Southlands Christian.
Cantwell (20-7), which advanced to the CIF semifinals last season, will be on the road in a second round game against California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS), a 52-48, winner over Milken.
The game was scheduled for this Saturday, but has been changed to Monday due to the unavailability of the home court of CAMS, which is at Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Game time is 7 p.m.
Twelve players scored for the Cardinals, with senior forward Monique Mesa leading the way with a game-high 12 points. Senior guard Stephanie Guerra had 11, senior guard Vanessa Espinosa added ten and sophomore forward Lily Perkins had nine.
“I wasn’t leading in scoring (Thursday), but I felt like it was better to assist my teammates when they were open,” Perkins said, who has averaged just about 15 points per game.
“We can’t let this game make us feel like we’re on top, because we know that the next game is going to be tougher.”
– John Sherrard
TODAY’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 3AA

No. 4 Sonora 64, El Monte 28
DIVISION 3A
No. 7 St. Joseph/Lakewood 61, Pioneer 16
DIVISION 4A
No. 4 Marymount 57, Whittier Christian 29
No. 3 Cantwell 84, Southlands Christian 12
No. 2 St. Paul 60, California Military 20
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 7 P.M.
GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 2

Mira Costa 2, La Habra 1
DIVISION 4
No. 2 La Mirada 10, Culver City 0
DIVISION 5
Rio Mesa 1, El Rancho 0
No. 4 La Serna 8, Lompoc 0
Palm Desert 4, California 2
DIVISION 6
Schurr 2, Vasquez 0
Whittier Christian 2, Pacific Chr. 1
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 3 P.M., UNLESS NOTED
GIRLS WATER POLO
DIVISION 2

Montebello 16, Thousand Oaks 4
Schurr 13, Dana Hills 12

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Thursday Recap: La Mirada Girls Soccer continues to dominate after a 10-0 win in the Division 4 first-round playoffs

Girls soccer
La Mirada 10, Culver City 0 — Simone Handy and Katie Pineda scored three goals for the Matadores (22-2) in a Division 4 first-round playoff match. Aubrey Baran, Maddi Bennett, Britney Romo and Nicole Walters each scored a goal for La Mirada.
Whittier Christian 2, Pacific Christian 1 — Natalie Oronoz scored twice to lead the Heralds (12-9-2) to the Division 6 first-round playoff victory.
Girls Basketball
Marymount 57, Whittier Christian 29 — Kacie Hunt had seven points and Calie Chen and Meagan Kleber both added six points but it was not enough for the Heralds (9-15) in a Division 4 first-round lost.

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Wednesday Recap: Madison Flareau scored the game-winner in sudden-death overtime to lead La Serna GWP to win the CIF Division 3 first-round 11-10

Girls Water Polo
La Serna 11, Palos Verdes 10 OT — Senior Madison Flareau scored three goals, including the game-winner in sudden-death overtime, for the Lancers (14-14) in a Division 3 first-round victory at Whittier High. Carissa Perez and Bella Villa each had three goals as well and Bryanna Santis scored twice. Goalie Natalie Dickes made a crucial stop at the end of regulation to force overtime. La Serna will visit top-seeded Arroyo Grande in a second-round game Saturday.

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CIF-SS Playoffs: Sonora boys basketball recovers from slow start to smother Bloomington, 82-3

Sonora celebrates after rallying for 82-35 win over Bloomington (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Sonora celebrates after rallying for 82-35 win over Bloomington
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Stephen Ramirez

LA HABRA – If the Sonora High School boys basketball needed a reminder that the road back to the CIF-Southern Section finals won’t be an easy one, it got it early Wednesday.
The Raiders responded like a championship team should
Christian Rhodes scored 17 points and Aashad Womack had 16 as Sonora recovered from a slow start and smothered visiting Bloomington, 82-35, in a 3AA Division first-round game.
The top-seeded Raiders, also getting 14 points from Ben Rico, improved to 24-4 and will face either Northwood or Norwalk in the second round on Friday. Brandon Simiano had 12 points for the Bruins, who finished 11-15.


“We’ve been forward looking to the playoffs since the final buzzer at the Honda Center last year,” Rico said. “This was it. We came out slow, but we adjusted in the second half and played the game like we should have.”
Sonora, which nearly missed entrance into the Open Division, outscored Bloomington, 65-9, over the final three quarters.
The key moments came in the second and third quarters. The Raiders, after falling behind 14-10 in the first quarter, closed the second with a 19-7 surge to lead 36-26 at halftime. They followed with a 28-4 blitz in the third quarter to go up 64-30 after three quarters.

“It was intensity (in the second half),” Sonora coach Mike Murphy said. “We played much harder in the second half. They got our attention in the first half. But that’s a good basketball team, and if you don’t come ready to play, they exposed us.”
But Sonora was able to wake up and recover.
Rhodes, who scored 14 of his 17 in the first half, made three consecutive fast-break layups to key a 13-3 run at the end of the second quarter.
Womack started the third with a 3-pointer and a putback for a 41-28 lead at 5:14 before Jason McClung had a 3-pointer and Rico a 3-point play to push it to 49-28 at 4:03. Rico had nine points in the second half.
Simiano and Carlos Gamboa each had 3-pointers to key a 10-2 run for Bloomington, which led 14-10 with four minutes left in the opening quarter. Sonora followed with runs of 8-5 and 18-7 to take the lead for good.

WEDNESDAY’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
BOYS BASKETBALL
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

No. 1 Sonora 82, Bloomington 35
DIVISION 3A
No. 13 Pioneer 70, Pacifica/Garden Grove 55
DIVISION 4A
No. 13 Whittir Chr. 50, 29 Palms 44
No. 2 Campbell Hall 73, St. Paul 29
GIRLS WATER POLO
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3

La Serna 11, Palos Verdes 10, OT
Santiago/Corona 16, La Habra 4
Harvard-Westlake 14, California 7

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Tuesday’s Rewind: Own goal ends Montebello’s girls soccer season

By Clay Flower
FONTANA >> Steve Jennings has seen plenty of own goals.
But in 22 years on the sidelines, the Summit High School girls soccer coach had never witnessed something like he saw Tuesday.
In a wild-card game between two third-place teams, Summit walked away a 1-0 winner over Montebello, which scored an own goal in the 74th minute of the CIF-SS Division 6 playoff opener at Miller High School. The SkyHawks will take on Orange League champion Savanna in Thursday’s first round.
Arguably the team’s best player on Tuesday aside from her lone miscue, Montebello captain Liz Tinoco lifted an attempted pass to her goalkeeper too high and could only watch as it sailed over Destiny Almillo’s head and into the goal.
“I’ve been coaching high school soccer here in Fontana since 1992 and I have never had a goal scored like that,” Jennings said. “I’ve had own goals where our girls hit it and it bounced off someone, but not where their team intentionally put it back to the goalie and it goes in. That was quite a freaky moment.”

PIONEER 70, PACIFICA/GARDEN GROVE 55
WHITTIER – For the second year in a row the Pioneer High boys basketball team has advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3A playoffs, rallying on Wednesday to defeat Pacifica of Garden Grove 70-55 before a packed crowd.
Pioneer (19-8) will play at No. 4 seed Esperanza, an 82-43 winner over Adelanto, on Friday.
The celebration started before the game as the game announcer introduced the Titans as the Del Rio League Champions, their first title in 44 years.
But,Pacifica (12-15) stole the show in the opening quarter by taking a 23-14 lead. It was all downhill from there for the Mariners as Pioneer, which advanced to last year’s quarterfinals, outscored Pacifica 37-19 over the next two quarters to take a nine-point lead heading into the final quarter.
“They (Pacifica) kind of picked apart our man-to-man defense in the first quarter,” fourth-year Pioneer coach Gregory Gilmore said. “Once we switched over to our zone defense, that’s when they struggled.”
The Pioneers’ two leading scorers, senior forward Joshua Valdez (21 points, six rebounds) and senior forward Teran Massengill (18 points) each had 13 points in the second and third quarters.
– John Sherrard
TUESDAY’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF RESULTS
GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 6
WILD-CARD ROUND

Summit 1, Montebello 0

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CIF-SS Girls Soccer: La Mirada, La Serna receive top four seeds

ls over cal

By Stephen Ramirez
La Mirada and La Serna have been the top two girls soccer programs in the area in recent years, and both could add to their success in the coming weeks.
Both received top four seeds in their respective divisions when the CIF-Southern Section released playoff pairings on Monday.
La Mirada (21-2), which has given up just nine goals all season and only one in the Surburban League, received the No. 2 seed in Division 4 and will host Culver City (12-7-2) in the first round on Thursday. The Matadores have won 13 consecutive games since losing to Estancia, 2-1, on Dec. 29. Culver City finished third in the Ocean League.
La Serna (14-5-2), which is undefeated in 13 games since a 2-1 loss to La Mirada in December, is the No. 4 seed in Division 5. The Lancers, who gave up just one goal in going undefeated in the Del Rio League, will host either Lompoc (10-7-3) or Windward (7-8-4) in the first round. Lompoc and Windward meet in Tuesday’s wild-card round.
All first round games are slated for Thursday, with the wild-card round on Tuesday. The finals are scheduled for March 6-7. All games are slated for 3 p.m. starts.
Schurr (15-3-1), which shared the Almont League title with Alhambra (12-7-3), is the only other area team to be at home in the first round. The Spartans host Vasquez (13-6-5) in a Division 6 game. Both shared their respective league titles, but lost tie-breakers. Vasquez tied for the Desert Mountain League title with Mammoth (12-6-2).
Montebello (10-3-9), the third-place team from the Almont League, is in a wild-card game Tuesday in Division 6. The Oilers are at Summit (15-4-1). The winner advances to face Savanna (10-10-3) on Thursday.
Other area first-round games on Thursday are La Habra (10-11-2) at Mira Costa (17-5-4) in Division 2; El Rancho (8-10-3) at Rio Mesa (12-8-4) and California (13-7-4) at Palm Desert (13-2-2) in Division 5 and Whittier Christian (11-9-2 at Pacific Christian (9-2-3 in Division 6.

AREA SCHEDULE
THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 2

La Habra at Mira Costa
DIVISION 4
Culver City at No. 2 La Mirada
DIVISION 5
El Rancho at Rio Mesa
Lompoc-Windward winner at No. 4 La Serna
California at Palm Desert
DIVISION 6
Vasquez at Schurr
Whittier Christian at Pacific Christian
WILD CARD ROUND
TUESDAY
DIVISION 6

Montebello at Summit
(Winner adv to Savanna)
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 3 P.M.

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