CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs: St. Paul holds off Notre Dame Academy to advance to semifinals; El Rancho, Sonora ousted

St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez shoots over a Notre Dame Academy defender during Wednesday’s Division 4A quarterfinal. (Photo by Shilah Montiel)

St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez shoots over a Notre Dame Academy defender during Wednesday’s Division 4A quarterfinal. (Photo by Shilah Montiel)

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.”
DIVISION 1A
VALLEY VIEW 72, EL RANCHO 35

Crystal Rodriguez scored 17 points and Sarah Gurrola had 13 for the Dons, who finished 20-11.
OTHER SCORE
DIVISION 3AA

Corona del Mar 57, Sonora 47
The Raiders

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CIF-SS Boys Soccer playoffs: La Serna ousted with 3-0 loss to No. 3 Santa Ana


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER – This might be the best season in the La Serna High School boys soccer team’s history. But it won’t include a CIF-Southern Section title.
Jorge Corona had a goal and assist and No. 3 seed Santa Ana ended the host Lancers’ season with a 3-0 victory in a Division 2 second-round game.
Ezequiel Morales and Alex Resendiz also had goals for the Saints, who improved to 17-4-1 and will travel to Long Beach Cabrillo for the quarterfinals on Friday. La Serna finished 18-5-4.
La Serna’s John Delgadillo: “I feel great. This game was the best game we played. Even though we lost, it was our best, and you couldn’t ask for a (better performance).”


CALIFORNIA 3, CENTURY 1
The Condors stayed undefeated with a solid win in the second round. They will travel to No. 4 seed Sunny Hills on Friday.

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CIF-SS Playoffs Schedule: St. Paul girls basketball looks to punch ticket to semifinals

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Here is today’s CIF-SS playoff schedule:
GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 1A
Second Round

El Rancho at Valley View, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3AA
Quarterfinals

Sonora at Corona del Mar, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4A
Quarterfinals
Notre Dame Academy at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
BOYS SOCCER
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 2

Century at California, 5 p.m.
Santa Ana at La Serna, 3 p.m.

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CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoffs; Sonora holds off Pasadena; La Mirada ousts Agoura

 Pasadena's Tyrek Adams (1) tries to stop Sonora's Christian Rhodes (0) as he passes behind the basket during Tuesday night's game on February 24, 2015 at Pasadena High School. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Pasadena’s Tyrek Adams (1) tries to stop Sonora’s Christian Rhodes (0) as he passes behind the basket during Tuesday night’s game on February 24, 2015 at Pasadena High School. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)


By Stephen Ramirez

PASADENA >> Sonora High School is back in the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball semifinals, but just barely.
Stephen Murphy scored 17 points and Ben Rico 15 and the top-seeded Raiders survived furious second-half rally by host Pasadena to score a 60-57 victory in a Division 3AA quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Josh Rodriguez also had 14 points for Sonora, which improved to 25-4 and will travel to Diamond Ranch, which beat San Marcos, 39-36, on Friday. Tyrek Adams had 20 points and Ben Burgoyne 19 for the Bulldogs, who finished 19-10.
Pasadena had a chance to tie it at the end, but 3-point shots by Marc Howard Jr. and Adams were short at the buzzer.

TUESDAY’S SCORES
DIVISION 2A
SECOND ROUND

No. 1 La Mirada 64, Agoura 42
DIVISION 3AA
QUARTERFINALS

No. 1 Sonora 60, Pasadena 57
WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE
OPEN DIVISION
CONSOLATION QUARTERFINALS

St. John Bosco vs. Cantwell at El Rancho HS, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
DIVISION 2A
QUARTERFINALS

Savanna at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3AA
SEMIFINALS

Sonora at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.

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CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs: La Mirada scores 3-0 win at Crescenta Valley


By Stephen Ramirez
LA CRESCENTA –
La Mirada High School, with no seniors, is one of the youngest girls soccer teams in the CIF-Southern Section.
But there’s no doubting the Matadores’ talent, which was again put on full display Tuesday.
Sophomore Maddy Bennett scored two goals and had an assist and No. 2 seed La Mirada scored a 3-0 victory over host Crescenta Valley in a Division 4 second-round game.
Freshman Simoan Handy also had a goal for the Matadores, who improved to 23-2 and advanced to face either Sage Hill or Royal in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Sydney Schoeller had seven saves for the Falcons, who finished 12-9-1.


La Mirada’s Maddy Bennett: “We want to win CIF and we have to keep bringing out our best game. That’s what we did. We got two more goals in the second half, and that’s what you have to do. You have to play like a team.”

La Mirada coach David Christensen: “I’ve got a very good team and we did what we had to do today. Crescenta Valley played a very good game. We were a little flat and it took a bit to get going. But I’m very happy we the result.”
TUESDAY’S SCORES
DIVISION 4

No. 2 La Mirada 3, Crescenta Valley 0
DIVISION 5
No. 4 La Serna 4, Linfield Christian 1
DIVISION 6
Schurr 2, No. 1 Grand Terrace 1
Temescal Canyon 3, Whittier Christian 0
THURSDAY’S SEMIFINALS
DIVISION 4

No. 2 La Mirada at Royal, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 5
Colony at No. 4 La Serna, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 6
Schurr at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.

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CIF-SS Playoffs: Sonora, La Mirada boys basketball teams take the road

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)

Here is today’s CIF-SS playoff advance story, featuring boys basketball and girls soccer:
Sonora High School’s quest to make up for a loss in the last season’s CIF-Southern Section boys basketball finals will take them to Pasadena on Tuesday.
The Raiders, after easy wins in the first two rounds, face the Bulldogs in a Division 3AA quarterfinal at 7 p.m.
Sonora, the division’s top seed, is 25-4 and advanced with wins over Bloomington (82-35) and Northwood (85-57). They are led by guards Christian Rhodes and Ben Rico and inside players Steven Murphy and Aashad Womack.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE
BOYS BASKETBALL
TUESDAY
DIVISION 2A
Second Round

La Mirada at Agoura, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3AA
Quarterfinals

Sonora at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 4

No. 2 La Mirada at Crescenta Valley
DIVISION 5
La Serna at Linfield Christian. 5 p.m.
DIVISION 6
Grand Terrace at Schurr, 3 p.m.
Temescal Canyon at Whittier Christian, 3 p.m.

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Cantwell girls advance to quarterfinals with 61-45 victory over CAMS

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary made it worth the wait on Monday night.
The Cardinals girls basketball team, which second-round playoff game was delayed until Monday, proved too much for California Academy of Math and Science with a 61-45 victory in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4A game.
Lily Perkins had 19 points and Monique Mesa had 13 for Cantwell, which improved to 21-7. Cantwell will host Armenian General Benevolent Union, of Canoga Park in the quarterfinals, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

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CIF-SS Playoffs week schedule

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)

Here is the CIF-SS playoff schedule for the first three days of the week:
BOYS BASKETBALL
TUESDAY

DIVISION 2A
Second Round
La Mirada at Agoura, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3AA
Quarterfinals
Sonora at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
OPEN DIVISION
Consolation Quarterfinals

St. John Bosco at Cantwell, 7 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL
MONDAY

DIVISION 4A
Second Round

Cantwell vs. California School of Math and Science at CS Dominguez Hills, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
DIVISION 1A
Second Round
El Rancho at Valley View, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3AA
Quarterfinals

Sonora at Corona del Mar, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4A
Quarterfinals
Notre Dame Academy at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
Cantwell-CAMS winner vs. Armenian General Benevolent Union/Canoga Park, 7 p.m.
BOYS SOCCER
WEDNESDAY
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 2

Century at Cal, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana at La Serna, 3 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER
TUESDAY
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

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