Girls soccer quarterfinal scores; semifinal matchups

Quarterfinals: Friday

Division 2
La Mirada 2, No. 1 Corona del Mar 0

Division 3
No. 1 Bishop Amat 8, Chaminade 1
Flintridge Prep 3, Oak Hills 0
No. 2 South Torrance 3, Glendora 0

Division 5
Gabrielino 8, San Dimas 3
Crean Lutheran 2, Maranatha 1

Division 7
No. 1 San Gabriel Mission 2, Saddleback Valley Christian 0
No. 4 Lennox Academy 0, Arroyo 0 (Lennox wins on PKs, 3-2)
Pacific 2, El Monte 0
No. 2 Rancho Mirage 1, Alverno 0

Tuesday’s semifinals

Division 2
Temecula Valley (23-3-2) at La Mirada (18-4-2)
Moorpark (20-1-2) at No. 2 Vista Murrieta (19-4-2)

Division 3
Claremont (22-2-2) at No. 1 Bishop Amat (24-3)
No. 2 South Torrance (18-1-2) at Flintridge Prep (22-3-3)

Division 5
Gabrielino (16-3-2) at Crean Lutheran (16-5-2)
No. 1 Palm Desert (19-4-4) at Viewpoint (16-5-2)

Division 7
No. 4 Lennox Academy (13-1-2) at No. 1 San Gabriel Mission (22-4)
Pacific (14-12) at No. 2 Rancho Mirage (17-7-2)

Finals: March 3-4

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Schurr makes history, advances to first CIF-SS girls water polo final

By Tony Ciniglio
The feeling was still fresh. The moment raw. The Adrenaline still pumping.Finally the Schurr High School girls water polo team came together and let out a roar as it celebrated advancing to the program’s first CIF Southern Section final.Schurr reveled in the moment as the high-fives, hugs and smiles gave way to jumping and screaming for joy.“It was like a mosh pit,” Schurr’s Stephany Velasquez said.Schurr scored the final four goals of the match to stun top-seeded Agoura 7-5 in the Division 2 semifinals at the William Wollett Aquatics Center to punch its ticket to the program’s first CIF final.Schurr (30-2) advances to play Riverside Poly in Saturday’s final. Riverside Poly was a 6-5 winner over Riverside’s King.
“This group has been working so hard since September,” said Schurr coach David Argumosa, in his fifth season. “We did not play that many matches early, so we were not ranked very high in the beginning of the season, but the whole idea was to gear toward the end of the season.
“I’ve got a deep bench and I can plug different players into different spots and not miss a beat. Having the ability and the right pieces of the puzzle made all the difference.”
Agoura (22-9) missed a chance to make its first CIF-SS final since 2007.
It was heartbreak city for Agoura, which led 5-3 with 5:57 left in the match after a goal from Lexi Rond, who had three goals. Maddie Demattia scored twice.
“I just thought at that point, it was ours,” said Rond, who is headed to Santa Barbara City College to continue her career. “I wish I could tell you what happened there. I’m honestly not sure. The only thing I’m sure about is that we gave it our all. We still had a great season and I was honored to be able to play with these girls.”
Schurr did it with balance as seven players accounted for the seven goals.
Lizbeth Guzman, Milena Guzman and Nayeli Cisneros scored in the first half.
Then Valeria Martinez, Cynthia Rosa, Kayla Santos and Jassmine Kezman rattled off the four consecutive goals in the fourth quarter. Santos delivered the tie-breaking goal with 1:29 left in the match.
“I didn’t know what to do. I was scared,” Santos said. “Should I shoot it? Should I not shoot it? So I just shot it and it went in.
“I was so hyped. I was like ‘Whoo.’”
The dagger came from Kezman with 31 seconds left to put the match on ice to cap the dramatic comeback.
“Their goalie kept fading with our shots, so I decided to go near-post instead. That put us up by two, and even if they scored, we knew we had this game,” Kezman said. “When we were down, we never thought it was over. The game was still going and we were not going to stop until the end.”
Schurr goalkeeper Itzahiana Baca said she liked the way her defense responded when Schurr began making its fourth-quarter comeback.
“All of their shooters were really good, but my team just really stepped up, especially in that fourth quarter,” Baca said.
Schurr’s comeback foiled a fantastic performance from Agoura goalkeeper Emma Pfister, who made 11 saves, including a pivotal stop of a 5-meter shot midway through the second quarter that seemed to give Agoura momentum, at least for a little while.
“It could be all in my head, but I did notice a change in the team after that 5-meter,” Pfister said. “We got our normal Agoura mentality back.
“We played a really great game. Did it end the way we wanted? No, but it was still a great season.”

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CIF-SS Playoffs: Girls basketball final four ousted

Whittier Christian’s Joleen Corona (22) battles with Pasadena’s Taurie Magee (4) in their CIF quarterfinal girls basketball game at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra on Wednesday February 22, 2017. Pasadena defeated Whittier Christian 54-48. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

The area girls basketball season likely came to an end Wednesday as the area’s final four — Sonora, El Rancho, California, and Whittier Christian all lost in the semifinals. All in theory could apply for at-large bids to the state tournament, but it’s not likely they’ll we’ll be picked.
Here’s Wednesday’s wrap up:


LA HABRA — It’s been a special season for the Pasadena High School girls basketball team, and it keeps getting better.Taurie Magee scored 18 points and had 17 rebounds and the Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter to advance to the CIF Southern Section semifinals with a 54-48 victory over host Whittier Christian in a Division 4AA quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Kamesha Moore also had 14 points for Pasadena (22-9), which will host top-seeded Village Christian, a 46-35 winner over Nipomo, in Saturday’s semifinals.
Christa Evans had 18 points and Clairessa Watkins 14 for the Heralds (20-10).
Pasadena looked in trouble after trailing 37-34 after three quarters. But Magee and Gillian Smith (seven points) led a fourth-quarter resurgence, keying an 11-6 surge to begin the period and give the Bulldogs a 45-43 lead. Magee tied it at 41 on a putback with 5:06 left before Smith converted a turnover into a fast-break layup for the two-point lead with 3:40 remaining.

Evans tied the score at 45 with an inside shot before Nia Cathcart made consecutive layups for some breathing room at 49-45 with 2:35 left.
Evans cut it to 49-47 with 1:50 left, but that was as close as the Heralds got.
Smith hit from seven feet for a 51-47 lead before Moore made two free throws and Cathcart made one to seal it at 54-48 with four seconds left.
Pasadena’s Taurie Magee: “I’m excited. This is the first time we’ve (advanced this far) in about 10 years. I’m excited for myself and my team.”
— Stephen Ramirez
CERRITOS — California High School gave the No. 3-ranked Cerritos Valley Christian High School girls basketball team all it could handle in a CIF Southern Section Division 4AA quarterfinal game Wednesday night.The Condors, who have never been to the CIF-SS semifinals in school history, came oh so close for a team that was much shorter than its opponents.
But in the end, Valley Christian wore down No. 6 seed Cal with three big 3-ponters in the fourth quarter and won going away, 50-40, to advance to its second semifinal since the 2009 season.
With 2:05 left in the game and Cal trailing 42-38, Bushong gave the Crusaders (20-8) a seven-point lead that Cal couldn’t recover.
McKinnie led Valley with a game-high 26 points. Sophomore Calla Anderson had 11.
Cal (19-8) was led by senior forward Paris Rivera with a team-high 16 points.
Cal seniors Farah Waked and Karla Valdez and junior guard Alejah Navarro all had six points each.
“She is probably one of the hardest workers we’ve had as far as putting in extra time,” Barber said of Rivera.
One of the littlest players on the court Wednesday was 5-foot sophomore guard Nicole Robles, who had one 3-ponter and ran the offense for Cal.
“We had a hard-fought season and gave them a good game,” she said. “For the future, the underclassmen are going to be really good.”
Both teams exchanged baskets for much of the first half with the Crusaders holding a one-point advantage in each of the first (21-20) and second quarters (31-30).
In the third quarter each team played even, scoring 10 points each for a 31-30 Valley Christian advantage.
California coach Brian Barber: “We had some defensive lapses at the beginning of the fourth quarter when we let (Cheyenne McKinnie) get open for a couple of (3-pointers) and she hit them both. Then they had another kid (McKenna Bushong) who hit a 3 and that was the back-breaker.”
Cal’s Paris Rivera: “We made it far and tried our hardest. I know this team will see the quarterfinals again. We believe we were ready and it wasn’t about who was better, but who wanted it more.”
“I love this group of kids, they are so much fun. But we did struggle most of the year because we were little.”
— John Sherrard
Division 1AA

Canyon Country Canyon 49, Sonora 46
Bishop Montgomery 58, El Rancho 41
Division 2

El Rancho 3, Chino Hills 1
Division 2

El Rancho (20-2-2) at Hueneme (18-2-0)

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Boys soccer second round, quarterfinal matchups

Wednesday’s second round

Division 2
El Rancho 3, Chino Hills 1

Division 3
Citrus Valley 1, Diamond Bar 0

Division 4
Norwalk 1, Glendora 0

Division 5
El Monte 1, Baldwin Park 0
No. 2 Rialto 1, Diamond Ranch 0

Division 6
No. 1 Nogales 2, Desert Hot Springs 0
La Canada 4, Webb 0
Maranatha 4, Campbell Hall 1
Wilson 1, Azusa 0
Adelanto 2, La Puente 0

Division 7
Northview 1, University Prep 0

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Division 2
El Rancho (20-2-2) at No. 4 Hueneme (17-2)

Division 5
No. 3 Citrus Hill (17-4-2) at El Monte (16-5-2)

Division 6
No. 1 Nogales (17-3-4) at La Canada (12-4-6)
No. 4 Dunn (12-1-1) at Maranatha (11-5-5)
Brentwood (15-3-3) at Wilson (12-4-3)

Division 7
Santa Clara (13-5-2) at Northview (12-9-2)

Semifinals: Tuesday
Finals: March 3-4

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Girls water polo semifinal scores, final matchups

Wednesday’s semifinals

Division 2
No. 4 Schurr 7, No. 1 Agoura 5
No. 2 Riverside Poly 6, No. 3 King 5

Division 4
No. 3 Peninsula 10, No. 2 South Pasadena 3

Division 5
No. 1 Pasadena Poly 6, No. 4 Santa Ana Valley 4, OT
No. 3 Xavier Prep 8, No. 2 Tesoro 7

Division 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
Times TBA

Division 2
No. 4 Schurr (29-2) vs. No. 2 Riverside Poly (20-9)

Division 5
No. 1 Pasadena Poly (21-5) vs. vs. No. 3 Xavier Prep (26-7)

Division 7
No. 1 Santa Ynez (20-10) vs. No. 2 Diamond Bar (25-7)


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