Lynwood 53, Chatsworh 33
An 18-0 run in the third quarter put it away for the Knights. Forward Janice Bright's sprained ankle probably will be okay for semifinals. El Camino (Oceanside) 51, San Clemente 43 This was the upset of the first-round in the state as Wildcats (with nine losses) knocked off nationally-ranked Tritons. Or was it? Seven of the nine losses were to highly-regarded foes (three alone in close games to La Jolla Country Day). Nikki Oakland had 18 points for El Camino. San Clemente soph standout Lindsey Pluimer was held to just 15.
Poly (Long Beach) 75, Clovis West (Fresno) 60
First-ever state playoff win for Jackrabbit girls program. This school just rolls on and on and on.....in almost every sport now......and it's been that way for more than 100 years.
Narbonne (Harbor City) 65, Hart (Newhall) 32
Another typical Gaucho win with leading scorer just above double figures. This time it was Camille Lenoir with 14.
Next: Lynwood vs. El Camino; Long Beach Poly vs. Narbonne.
After falling by three to Lynwood last week, Poly now has to get past Narbonne (two-time defending state champs) to get another shot at Lynwood. Talk about tough tasks ahead. El Camino was aided by home crowd in upset of San Clemente, so going on the road should be too much to overcome.
NorCal Div. I Scoreboard
Mitty (San Jose) 45, Pleasant Valley (Chico) 34
The Monarchs had to win an out-bracket game and did, 75-42, over Laguna Creek, before going on a long road trip to Chico. Big week for Jenna Green so far. The 6-3 junior post had 22 vs. Laguna and had a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. Junior guard Mary-Eileen Gallagher added 17 points for Mitty. Pleasant Valley was the bracket's No. 1 seed.
Oakland Tech 64, Pittsburg 50
Alexis Gray-Lawson, the freshman, led the Bulldogs with 18 points.
Kennedy (Sacramento) 73, Oakland 62
Heather Lee canned some outside shots and scored 17 points for Kennedy. Oakland won outbracket game the night before, 79-59, over S.F. Lowell.
St. Ignatius (S.F.) 52, Berkeley 49
Didn't we say the S.I. girls got slighted the most in this year's pairings? They must have felt that way, too. After winning out-bracket game, 74-41, over S.F. Washington, coach Jim Dekker's team traveled to Berkeley and knocked off the two-time defending NorCal Div. I champs. Katie Meinhardt totaled 24 vs. Washington and 24 vs. Berkeley.
Next: Mitty vs. Oakland Tech; St. Ignatius vs. Kennedy.
After the first two nights of play, it looks like a Mitty-SI rematch in the NorCal finals. These two will be in the same league next year, the girls version of the WCAL, along with Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Francis, etc. It will immediately become the best league for girls basketball in the state.
SoCal Div. II Scoreboard
Ventura 69, West (Bakersfield) 62
Nikki Blue closed great career for West with 38 points. Katy O'Brien had 28 for Ventura and Jenni Dooley 18 (15 in the fourth quarter alone).
Redondo (Redondo Beach) 69, Mt. Miguel (San Diego) 25
Seahawk girls were mad about fourth seed and took it out on their San Diego County visitors.
Troy (Fullerton) 65, Orange Glen (Escondido) 48
Meghan McGuire had 22 points and Alicia Komaki 17 points and seven assists for Troy.
Stockdale (Bakersfield) 86, North (Torrance) 54
Surprisingly one-sided win for Stockdale since North was the team that bounced out Brea-Olinda in the CIFSS playoffs.
Next: Ventura vs. Redondo; Troy vs. Stockdale.
Tough to call matchups here. If Redondo and Stockdale both win, interesting to note that those two teams are the only two who have defeated NorCal Div. II top seed Pinewood.
NorCal Div. II Scoreboard
Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 43, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 33
Katy Digovich came up big for the winners with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Who says this team is only about shooting treys?
Foothill (Palo Cedro) 66, Vacaville 53
Haley Ford led Foothill with 22 points. Team was down by 30-16 in second quarter, but completely controlled second half.
Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 62, Aragon (San Mateo) 36
Dons' defense didn't allow any baskets in the second quarter and beat Aragon team much worse than Pinewood did in CCS final.
St. Mary's (Stockton) 72, Chico 36
Dominique Banks did it all for the Rams with 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Next: Pinewood vs. Foothill; Amador Valley vs. St. Mary's.
Long trip to Bay Area plus fact the Pleasant Valley girls got beat so quickly in Div. I doesn't bode well for Foothill. Making the state finals has become the norm for Amador Valley in this division, but St. Mary's probably has too much for the Dons this time.
SoCal Div. III Scoreboard
Artesia (Lakewood) 79, Granite Hills (Porterville) 58
Brittney Thomas exploded for 18 points in the first quarter and finished with 31 for Artesia.
University City (San Diego) 70, North (Bakersfield) 60
What got into Uni City's Tiffany Hearn? She went nuts for 37 points and 26 rebounds. It almost wasn't enough as Laura Thomas pumped in 28 for the Stars.
Muir (Pasadena) 101, Santana (Santee) 76
It was hard to see this result, knowing what went on at Santana a year ago. Mustangs showed no mercy as Tye'sha Fluker and Portinia Fuller both scored 19 points.
Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 64, Apple Valley 36
Noelle Quinn led the Knights with 25 points.
Next: Artesia vs. University City; Muir vs. Bishop Montgomery.
Muir has been strong all year with close losses to good teams, so after beating Santana by so much on the road it wouldn't be that much of an upset, if at all, if they are able to knock off Bishop Montgomery, the two-time defending state champs. For Artesia, its playing better and better in recent weeks (Lauren who?). Reminds us when Brea-Olinda won that Div. II state title a few years ago even though star center Chelsea Trotter was injured.
NorCal Div. III Scoreboard
Miramonte (Orinda) 68, Presentation (San Jose) 59
Matadors still look like favorite to reach state title game.
Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 42, Enterprise (Redding) 40
Kaysen Brennan just missed a shot for Enterprise in the closing seconds that would have tied it up. Briana Thomas had 20 rebounds for the Bruins. Alhambra (Martinez) 58, St. Francis (Sacramento) 43
Bulldogs got more balanced scoring than ever -- even though Jenni Jones still scored 23 -- and posted surprisingly easy road win.
Sacred Heart Cathedral (S.F.) 67, Oroville 33
In this division, the No. 2 seed always seems to draw the No. 2 Northern Section entry, which also usually means a much easier first game than the No. 1 seed.
Next: Miramonte vs. Bear River; Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Alhambra.
It's looked like Miramonte and Sacred Heart Cathedral were going to play for the NorCal title practically since the beginning of January.
SoCal Div. IV Scoreboard
Bishop's (La Jolla) 66, Dos Palos 41
Have to admire the DP girls for the road trip they made. It showed, too, as Bishop's took off to 14-0 lead to start the game.
St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 61, Cantwell-Sacred Heart (Montebello) 53
No, that wasn't Crystal Erwin who had 25 points and 13 rebounds for St. Paul. Those were Erwin-type numbers, but it was Kim Ramirez who did it this time.
Corcoran 67, Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) 41
Melissa Montoya had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Corcoran to help offset the 29 points and 14 rebounds for MP's Eshaya Murphy.
St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 67, Coronado 34
Shannon Clay scored 23 points to lead the Vikings.
Next: Bishop's vs. St. Paul; Corcoran vs. St. Bernard.
Maybe not moving up Bishop's to No. 1 in Div. IV this week was a mistake (we decided to jump up Ursuline), but we'll certainly find out more about the defending state champs if they play St. Bernard in the final. No report on whether guard Alexis Kendricks played for St. Bernard in the first round and whether she'll be able to play at all this weekend.
NorCal Div. IV Scoreboard
Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 66, Gridley 43
Bears now on 24-game winning streak. Monica Mertle led in scoring vs. Gridley with 16 points.
Colfax 61, Menlo School 53
Rebekah Calvert had 23 for the Falcons. We still love this namesake: Rose Calvert, Rebekah's sister and former standout player at Colfax, and Rose Calvert, name of character played by the old lady in the blockbuster Titanic movie.
Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 90, Yreka 43
Duke-bound Brooke Smith led the Wildcats with 20 points.
Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 43, Patterson 36
Gosh, those CCS girls teams are tough. They beat each other up all year, then do well in the NorCals even though many have eight or nine losses. Happens every year.
Next: Ursuline vs. Colfax; Marin Catholic vs. Sacred Heart Prep.
It will be a shock if Ursuline and Marin Catholic don't stage a rematch of their NCS championship in the NorCal finals.
SoCal Div. V Scoreboard
La Jolla Country Day 81, Baptist Christian (Hemet) 39
After falling behind 4-0, Torres scored 30 straight points. Candice Wiggins had career-high with 42 (three more than entire Baptist Christian team).
Immanuel (Reedley) 43, Rolling Hills Prep (P.V. Estates) 40
McKenzie Angangnan was huge for Immanuel with 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Pilgrim (Los Angeles) 53, Hillcrest Christian (Granada Hills) 28
Amber Cunningham already well over 2,000 points for her career.
Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 82, Julian 42
Katherine Suderman, the Royals' 6-5 center, had 24 points to key the victory.
Next: La Jolla Country Day vs. Immanuel; Pilgrim vs. Mission Prep.
Candice Wiggins, even as a sophomore, is already one of the best players in the country. With her and her supporting cast, it's hard to imagine anybody in Div V beatiing La Jolla Country Day.
NorCal Div. V Scoreboard
Redwood Christian (Castro Valley) 49, Cloverdale 46
Caitlin Bradford stayed hot for Cloverdale and had 20 points, but two-time defending NorCal champs just a little bit better.
Modesto Christian 85, Etna 68
Courtney Paris had the best one-game stats of any player (boy or girl) in the first round: 38 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Branson (Ross) 58, Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 40
Katie Benson led Branson with 17 points.
Ripon Christian 63, Fall River (McArthur) 42
Kayla Mulder didn't play against Modesto Christian in Sac-Joaquin final due to the flu, but returned with 12 points and 13 rebounds vs. Fall River.
Next: Redwood Christian vs. Modesto Christian; Branson vs. Ripon Christian.
In keeping with the rematch theme of the probable NorCal finals (St. Ignatius vs. Mitty, Marin Catholic vs. Ursuline), another one looks likely here with the Sac-Joaquin's Modesto Christian and Ripon Christian.