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)
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 VALLEY CHRISTIAN 50, CALIFORNIA 40 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 OTHER SCORES
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Bishop Montgomery 58, El Rancho 41 BOYS SOCCER
El Rancho 3, Chino Hills 1 SATURDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
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