There will be no CIF State Southern California Regional title for the La Mirada High School girls soccer team.
The clock finally struck midnight on the Matadores’ dream season in heartbreaking fashion.
Host La Costa Canyon rallied from a two-goal deficit in the first half to score twice in the second, including the equalizer in the final 12 minutes, before winning a shootout, 4-2, to eliminate La Mirada in a Division II quarterfinal in Carlsbad.
La Mirada, which got a goal from junior Maddie Bennett, finished 27-3. The Matadores won their second CIF-Southern Section title last week, with a 3-0 victory over Moorpark for the Division 4 championship.
The Mavericks, the division’s top seed, improved to 18-4-3. They will host No. 2 Mater Dei, a 1-0 winner over Scripps Ranch, in Saturday’s championship game.
La Costa Canyon’s two second-half goals were the only tallies La Mirada gave up in the postseason.
– Stephen Ramirez
La Serna 4, Burbank 2 — Jaime Wren pitched a complete game striking out seven and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Taylor Becerra went 2 for 4 with a stolen base for the Lancers (2-0) in a Charter Oak Tournament victory.
Santa Fe 2, Capistrano Valley Christian 1 — Elias Ledesma got the walk off base hit in the seventh inning to lead the Chiefs (1-5) to the Newport Elks Tournament victory. Robert Lucia went 5 and 2/3 innings giving up one run for Santa Fe.
Flintridge Prep 229, Heritage Christian 256, Azusa 292 — Jonah Sacks shot a 39 at the Altadena Golf Course par 36 for the Rebels (4-0) in a nonleague victory. Justin Yu shot a 43, Brendan Barton shot a 45 and William Pai shot a 49 for Flintridge Prep.
Cantwell’s Jacob Davidson stays focused on the ball. The Cantwell-Sacred Heart Cardinals basketball team host the Franklin Panthers on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Cantwell High School. (Photo Correspondent by Shilah Montiel/ Whittier Daily News)
CANTWELL 74, LA. FRANKLIN 39
MONTEBELLO >> Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School knew it was playing with fire if it let visiting Franklin, of Los Angeles, hang around in its CIF State Southern California Regional opener Wednesday.
The Cardinals, instead, buried the Panthers early, blitzing them at the start en route to a 74-39 victory in a Division III first-round game.
Jacob Davison scored 11 points and Elias Zedan had nine as Cantwell improved to 16-13 and will host either Beverly Hills or Bernstein, of Hollywood, at Whittier High School in the regional quarterfinals on Saturday. James Yan and Darius Ates had 11 and 10 points, respectively, in mop-up time for the Cardinals, who are looking to get to the regional final for the second consecutive season.
Jesse Solano had 21 points for Franklin, which finished 13-17.
Cantwell made four 3-pointers and forced five turnovers in the first five minutes to open with a 17-0 run to pretty much seal it.
Cantwell coach George Zedan: “That was our goal. We were beaten up pretty badly the past two weeks. We felt it was our turn to pressure and really play loose and fast. We hit a bunch of threes at the start. Fortunately, we were able to create turnovers and kind of finish it off from there.”
Cantwell’s Jacob Davison: “We worked on our defense all week. It showed in the game. We got the win.”
– Stephen Ramirez
LA MIRADA 65, GARDENA 48
LA MIRADA – After a tough CIF-Southern Section semifinal loss last week, the La Mirada High School boys basketball team is off and running in the Southern California Regional Division II playoffs.
Not since the 2009 season when Derrick Williams, who is currently playing for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, led the Conquistadores to a 27-win season, has the current team had a chance to set the school record for wins.
They will have that chance Saturday night when the Conquistadores play at Canyon High of Anaheim in the second round, after a convincing opening-round 65-48 win over visiting Gardena on Wednesday night.
Canyon, the second-seeded team in the division, defeated Kearny of San Diego, 98-65.
La Mirada (27-5), which is seeded seventh, was led by senior forward Kendall Lauderdale with a game-high 22 points, while two other Conquistadores were in double figures.
Senior forward Dezmon Murphy had 18 points and junior guard Anthony Newman had 14.
Gardena (21-10) was led by senior guard Christian Carating with 16 points. Senior wing Michael Thompson added nine points.
“I think we came out a little slow in the beginning,” Lauderdale said. “But as we started to come together and play as a unit, as a team, I think we just started to pick up the pace in the second half.
“Getting to the quarterfinals means that we have to come out and play hard, much harder than we did last year.”
– John Sherrard
La Mirada 65, Gardena 48
Sonora 101, Valhalla 76
View Park 55, St. Paul 40
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Flintridge Prep 9, Malibu 3 — Therese Oshiro struck out 10 and went 2 for 3 with a double and had a stolen base to lead the Rebels (1-2) to the nonleague victory. Alex Tutwiler went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBIs, Julie Yi went 2 for 4 with an RBI and had two stolen bases and Natalie Dale went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.
Whittier Christian 3, The Webb Schools 2 — Hannah Gabriel hit the game winning RBI single to lead the Heralds (2-2) to the nonleague victory. Gabriel went 2 for 2 and Morgan Ryan homered in the first inning.
Arrowhead Christian 3, Whittier Christian 0 — Brandon Osborn had 10 kills and Ron Bellamy had five kills and two blocks for the Heralds (1-2) but it was not enough in the 15-25, 21-25, 15-25 nonleague loss.
Maddy Bennett did it again. The sophomore scored in the 86th minute and La Mirada advanced to the CIF Southern California Division 3 Regional semifinals with a 1-0 victory over West Torrance in a first-round game on Tuesday.
The No. 4 seed Matadores, who won the school’s second CIF-Southern Section title last week, improved to 27-2. They will travel to top seed La Costa Canyon, a 6-0 winner over Bravo (Los Angeles) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
It was Bennett’s nine goal in the postseason.
CARLSBAD 4, LA SERNA 0
The CIF State Southern California Regional playoffs were short, but not so sweet for the La Serna High School girls soccer team.
Host Carlsbad scored two goals in each half for a 4-0 victory over the Lancers in a Division I first-round game on Tuesday.
Senior Shelby Lee scored two goals for Carlsbad, which improved to 19-3-1. Carlsbad will host Buchanan, a 1-0 winner over El Camino Real, in Thursday’s semifinals.
La Serna finished 19-6-5.
La Serna coach Tessa Troglia: “They were just better. We got exposed in the back again. They scored five minutes in, and again in the 12 minute on a cross. We worked hard, but they were just better. We are very happy at the end of the day, though, The seniors have commented that not a lot was expected this year. So, to get back to the finals and state is quite an accomplishment for this class. Now we regroup and rebuild.”
– Stephen Ramirez