CANTWELL-SACRED HEART OF MARY 62, SANTA MONICA 57
MONTEBELLO — The Cantwell-Sacred Heart High School boys basketball team has had revenge on its mind quite often in the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs.For the second time in the playoffs, the Cardinals knocked off a team they had lost to during the regular season, taking down visiting Santa Monica 62-57 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night.The Cardinals (15-14) will hope that revenge factor does not happen Friday when they visit Maranatha (17-9) in the semifinals; Cantwell defeated Maranatha in the fourth game of the season. In the playoff opener last week, the Cardinals defeated La Mirada, a team it had lost to in the regular season.It is the first time Cantwell has reached the semifinals since 2013, the last time the Cardinals were not in the Open Division.
The Cardinals outscored the 2016 CIF-SS 1A champions 12-2 to start the fourth quarter, turning a 44-42 deficit into a 54-46 lead with 4:16 to play.
The Ocean League champions (21-7) did not make a field goal in the quarter for the first 4 minutes, 56 seconds, Payton Moore’s layup closing the gap to 54-51.
Cantwell, which took third in the Del Rey League and entered the playoffs with a losing record, then got the next four points, Dawit Wilson making a 10-footer and Avery Martinez making two foul shots after a hard foul on a dunk attempt with 46.3 seconds to play. The Cardinals led 58-51.
The Cardinals, who did not win a game for three weeks, have been in playoff mode for the last five games, including two league games, which they won.
Cantwell controlled most of the game until big men Andre Fields and Martinez went to the bench with foul issues. Santa Monica went inside and on a 14-0 run to take a 39-35 lead.
Wilson hit a 22-footer to start the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals the lead for good. He scored 13 of his 22 points in the final quarter. Martinez had 21 points and Fields 13 points.
Santa Monica made 3 of 14 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter. De’Shean Allen-Eikens led Santa Monica with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Moore had 12 points and Daniel Schreier 11 points.
CSHM coach George Zedan: “We’ve gotten a lot better since the season began. I give our kids all the credit in the world because going through an eight-game losing streak really tests your patience, your resolve. You question yourself.”
CSHM’s Dawit Wilson: “We have just had to be resilient. We were going through stuff at the beginning of the season internally and we had to straighten it all out and had to get to basketball. Everything we’ve been through, we can’t let anything get to us. This is nothing compared to the stuff we’ve been through.”
— Keith Lair
Brentwood 76, La Serna 46
Rancho Mirage 93, Schurr 67
St. Paul 61, Lompoc Cabrillo 60
Cantwell-SHM (15-14) at Maranatha (17-9)
San Bernardino (20-9) at St. Paul (23-5)
La Mirada 2, Quartz Hill 1
Laguna Beach 3, Cal 0
La Mirada (17-4-2) at Corona del Mar (22-0-3)
TODAY’S SECOND ROUND
El Rancho (19-2-2) at Chino Hills (12-5-1)
GIRLS WATER POLO
At Irvine HS
Agoura (22-8) vs. Schurr (29-2), 6:30 p.m.
At Rio Hondo College
Santa Ynez (19-10) vs. Whittier (20-9), 5 p.m.
Tuesday’s second round
La Mirada 2, Quartz Hill 1
No. 1 Bishop Amat 4, El Modena 2
Flintridge Prep 4, San Marcos 0
Glendora 3, Oxnard 0
No. 2 South Torrance 1, Arcadia 0
Sierra Canyon 1, West Covina 0, OT
No. 2 Laguna Beach 3, California 0
Gabrielino 2, No. 3 Colony 1
San Dimas 6, Jurupa Valley 1
Maranatha 2, No. 2 Cathedral City 2 (Maranatha wins on PKs, 8-7)
No. 1 San Gabriel Mission 1, Pacifica Christian 0
Arroyo 1, Fillmore 0
El Monte 4, No. 3 Carpinteria 4 (El Monte wins on PKs)
Alverno 1, CAMS 0
La Mirada (17-4-2) at No. 1 Corona del Mar (22-0-3)
Chaminade (13-3-2) at No. 1 Bishop Amat (23-3)
Oak Hills (22-3-3) at Flintridge Prep (21-3-3)
Glendora (19-4-2) at No. 2 South Torrance (17-1-2)
Gabrielino (15-3-2) at Jurupa San Dimas (12-11-2)
Crean Lutheran (15-5-2) at Maranatha (8-13), 5 p.m.
No. 1 San Gabriel Mission (21-4) at Saddleback Valley Christian (8-3-1)
Arroyo (13-5-6) at No. 3 Lennox Academy (12-1-2)
El Monte (10-9-3) at Pacific (13-12)
Alverno (10-5-3) at No. 2 Rancho Mirage (16-7-2)
Semifinals: Feb. 28
Finals: March 3-4
Damien (26-3) at No. 1 Sierra Canyon (26-1)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 62, Santa Monica 57
Maranatha 56, Tahquitz 55
Loyola 71, No. 4 La Canada 63
No. 2 Pasadena 47, Corona del Mar 44
No. 1 Oxnard 73, La Salle 55
Brentwood 71, No. 4 La Serna 41
No. 3 Rancho Mirage 93, Schurr 67
No. 2 St. Paul 61, Cabrillo (L) 60
No. 1 West Torrance 60, San Marino 58
Rowland (20-8) at Segerstrom (14-13)
No. 2 Blair 69, Jurupa Valley 51
No. 3 Shalevet 54, Pasadena Poly 31
Mountain View (18-10) at No. 2 Valley Torah (21-1)
No. 4 Sherman Indian 65, AGBU 52
JSerra (19-10) at Damien (26-4)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart (15-14) at Maranatha (17-9)
Rancho Verde (23-3) at Etiwanda (19-11)
Peninsula (20-9) at No. 2 Pasadena (23-5)
No. 1 Harvard-Westlake (19-11) at Loyola (19-9)
No. 3 St. Anthony (23-6) at No. 2 St. Paul (23-5)
No. 1 Hesperia (23-5) at Twentynine Palms (26-3)
No. 1 West Torrance (20-8) at Rowland (21-8)
No. 2 Blair (24-6) at Woodcrest Christian (24-6)
Mountain View (18-10)/No. 2 Valley Torah (21-1) vs. No. 3 Holy Martyrs (26-2)
Paramount 4, St. Francis 2
El Rancho 1, Palm Desert 0, OT
Upland 0, La Mirada 0, Upland wins on PKs
Glendora 3, Hoover 1
Diamond Ranch 2, Antelope Valley 1
Azusa 1, Flintridge Prep 0
Baldwin Park 4, Walnut 0
Wednesday’s second round
El Rancho (19-2-2) at Chino Hills (13-5-1), 3 p.m.
Citrus Valley (13-4-4) at Diamond Bar (10-9-1), 5 p.m.
Norwalk (14-6-1) vs. Glendora (13-5-2) at Citrus College, 5 p.m.
El Monte (15-5-2) at Baldwin Park (16-3-3)
No. 2 Rialto (14-2-5) at Diamond Ranch (12-9-4), 5 p.m.
No. 1 Nogales (16-3-4) at Desert Hot Springs (12-10-3), 5 p.m.
La Canada (11-4-6) at Webb (17-1-3), 3 p.m.
Campbell Hall (16-4-1) at Maranatha (10-5-5), 5 p.m.
Azusa (10-8-3) at Wilson (11-4-3), 3 p.m.
La Puente (12-2-5) at Adelanto (7-3-7), 3 p.m.
University Prep (14-3-2) at Northview (11-9-2), 3 p.m.
Semifinals: Feb. 28
Finals: March 3-4
ESPERANZA 50, CANTWELL-SACRED HEART OF MARY 42
MONTEBELLO — The Cantwell-Sacred Heart High girls basketball team gave everything it had against Esperanza on Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.However, it was too little, too late as Esperanza pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a 50-42 win over the Cardinals in a second-round game.The win advances the Aztecs (25-3) to the quarterfinals for the third year in a row, and they will travel to JW North of Riverside on Wednesday.
Cantwell, which lost in the Division 4A title game last year, ends its season at 15-14.
Leading the way for Cantwell was senior guard Lily Perkins with a game-high 19 points. The Aztecs were led by freshman guard Katie Kubo with 15 points, including three 3-ponters.
Sophomore forwards Sarah Youssouf and Samantha Fries added nine points each for Esperanza.
After trailing for most of the first three quarters, the Cardinals tied the score 33-33 early in the fourth quarter, but a missed Cantwell layup and back-to-back 3-pointers by the Aztecs gave Esperanza the momentum back.
Esperanza took a 39-35 lead at that point and maintained a lead the rest of the game.
Cantwell only managed one basket in the first quarter, with junior guard Valeria Lizarraga making a 3-pointer in the first minute for the Cardinals’ only lead, 3-0. The Aztecs outscored Cantwell 12-2 the rest of the quarter for a 12-5 lead.
Cantwell outscored the Aztecs 12-9 in the second quarter trail by only four points at halftime. After a missed long-range shot with seconds left in the half, Cantwell senior center Emily Guerena (6 points) hit a putback at the buzzer to leave the Cardinals trailing 21-17 at the break.
Early in the third quarter with Cantwell trailing 25-17, junior guard Victoria Guerrero made consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Cardinals within a basket, 25-23.
Perkins, who transferred from West Covina High in her freshman year, scored 10 points in the second half to keep the Cardinals close.
“I’m glad that I made the transfer here and had a great four years,” Perkins said. “I’m excited to continue my basketball career in college.”
CSHM coach Leonard Dominguez: “The league (Del Rey) that we play in is so tough that we can compete with any team out there. Unfortunately we didn’t do the little things like rebounding and boxing out. That came back to bite us in the end.”
CSHM’s Lily Perkins: “The reason we lost this game is it came down to our defense, and we couldn’t stop them. We just couldn’t finish around the basket.”
— John Sherrard
Sonora 59, Lakewood 50
Esperanza 50, CSHM 42
El Rancho 46, Antelope Valley 43
Lompoc 49, La Habra 46, OT
California 46, Palmdale 36
Whittier Christian 43, Cathedral City 29
Pioneer 49, Sage Hill 40
All games begin at 7 p.m.
Sonora (19-9) at Canyon Country Canyon (19-9)
El Rancho (25-4) at Bishop Montgomery (18-9)
California (19-7) at Cerritos Valley Christian (19-8)
Pasadena (22-9) at Whittier Christian (20-9)
Pioneer vs. Bevery Hills-Big Bear (Monday) winner, site TBA
La Serna 68, San Gabriel Academy 61
All games begin at 7 p.m.
Santa Monica (20-7) at Cantwell-SHM (14-14)
Schurr (22-6) at Rancho Mirage (27-3)
La Serna (26-2) at Brentwood (20-8)
St. Paul (22-5) at Lompoc Carbillo (26-3)