State Playoff Updates (Girls)

All the scores & highlights & comments from NorCal and SoCal regional playoffs games of Saturday, March 9. We're down to the Final Four in each of the CIF's playoff divisions with regional finals this weekend at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach City College, UC Davis Rec Hall and Delta College (Stockton).

SoCal Div. I

Lynwood 58, El Camino (Oceanside) 29

Lorie Rayford joined in the fun with 14 points to go with Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood's 17 and Janice Bright's 14 as the Lady Knights rolled to the win. Only two more wins now for Lynwood (30-0) and it will be the 2002 Student Sports FAB 50 national champs. The next win, though, getting by Narbonne, is going to be extremely difficult.

Narbonne (Harbor City) 58, Poly (Long Beach) 52

After Poly lost only by three to Lynwood in the CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA final, you would have thought this one would have been closer. And even though the Gauchos only won by six, they were ahead by 51-34 early in the fourth quarter. Camille Lenoir led Narbonne with 16 points and is giving coach James Anderson terrific guard play to compliment the team's inside strength. This time, the inside game was demonstrated most by Jamie Funn (15 points) and Wilnett Crockett (10 points, 14 rebounds).

NorCal Div. I

Mitty (San Jose) 61, Oakland Tech 43

The Monarchs advanced to the NorCal regional final for the fifth time in six years. Jenna Green capped the best week of her prep career with 17 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. Mitty's defense also did a good job frustrating Oakland Tech freshman standout Alexis Gray-Lawson.

Kennedy (Sacramento) 57, St. Ignatius (S.F.) 56

Even with two Sac-Joaquin Section titles, this is without doubt the biggest girls hoops win ever for Kennedy. The Cougars have not fared well in recent years against top-notch Bay Area competition, but this time they came through on their home court. Monique Smartt-Kidd had 17 points and Alisha Hicks scored 13 as Kennedy built a 17-point lead in the first half. St. Ignatius, which had to play an outbracket game on Tuesday and a road game on Wednesday, came back in the second half behind Maureen McCaffery (20 points). A possible game-winning shot at the finish, though, by Katie Meinhardt did not fall.

SoCal Div. II

Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 50, Ventura 34

The old saying you live by the three, you die by the three came to mind in checking out the details of what happened in this game. Ventura, which had 275 three-pointers for the season coming in, made just 6-of-32 against Redondo. The Cougars' top shooter, Jenni Dooley, went 0-for-13. Part of that was Redondo's defense, part of that may have been that Ventura was just due to have a poor shooting night. The Seahawks were led by Ofa Tulikihhifo's 13 points and seven rebounds.

Troy (Fullerton) 57, Stockdale (Bakersfield) 54

Stockdale led by 11 at the end of the third quarter, but couldn't hold on against its Orange County visitors. Amanda Livingston was particularly strong inside for Troy in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points. Guard Alicia Komaki led the Warriors with 14. Ashley Rains was held to just eight for Stockdale, but Nikki Goss picked up the slack and led all scorers with 19.

NorCal Div. II

Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 68, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 47

Amazingly, the Panthers were behind in this one by 36-22 after the first basket of the third quarter. But you could say NorCal's top overall ranked club turned it up a notch from that point on. With Katy Digovich taking over inside and Kiely Schork making some key three-pointers, Pinewood blitzed Foothill by 46-11 for the rest of the game. Digovich finished with 31 points.

St. Mary's (Stockton) 59, Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 52

Lorissa Ewing was the latest Ram to come through in the fourth quarter as she scored 11 of her 14 points down the stretch. Dominique Banks also had 14 as St. Mary's earned its first berth in the Div. II NorCal finals after winning two in a row in Div. IV. Annie Lockyer led Amador Valley with 18 points.

SoCal Div. III

Artesia (Lakewood) 68, University City (San Diego) 54

After scoring 31 in her previous game, Brittney Thomas stayed hot for the Pioneers and lit it up for 32 vs. Uni City. It was another excellent season for Uni City coach Jen Gross, fast becoming one of the more respected coaches in girls basketball in San Diego.

Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 68, Muir (Pasadena) 50

What gets into this school in the postseason needs to be bottled and sold. Just like the boys, the Bishop Montgomery girls have been impressive in the regionals so far. Noelle Quinn had 25 points for the second straight game and Nykia Peace added 23. Muir was just coming off a 25-point win over Santana, but was never much of a factor in this one. Ty'sha Fluker had 19 points in her last game for the Mustangs.

NorCal Div. III

Miramonte (Orinda) 59, Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 39

Tori Markey had 19 points and eight rebounds and Molly Nohr had 19 points and five assists as the Matadors cruised to an easy win. And with only three losses on its season record, this is one club that could make some major moves in the rankings over the next two weeks.

Sacred Heart Cathedral (S.F.) 53, Alhambra (Martinez) 43

Bishop Montgomery isn't the only Div. III school to have both boys and girls teams still going. The Irish are still very much in the mix on both sides, too. The girls bolted out to a 14-0 lead in their regional semi and went on to post the win. Tessa Moon had 23 points for SHC and Jenni Jones only had 14 for Alhambra.

SoCal Div. IV

Bishop's (La Jolla) 63, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 47

The Lady Knights showed why they are ranked so high by snuffing out any thoughts of an upset by an extremely talented St. Paul's of Santa Fe Springs squad, winning 63-47 in front of a raucous crowd of supporters of both teams in La Jolla.  Georgia Tech bound Mallorie Winn, who went for 26 against Dos Palos on Wednesday, joined her teammate, freshman ball-handler Tamika Lipford, on the bench midway through the second quarter with three fouls and St. Paul responded by trimming a 10 point lead to one, 26-25 at the half.  Winn responded to the pressure by playing brilliantly in the second half without committing another foul while continually frustrating St.Paul junior Crystal Erwin on offense and defense as the Lady Knights pulled away behind Winn's 29 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 65, Corcoran 40

Alexis Kendricks seems to be completely recovered from a concussion she suffered in the CIF Southern Section final as she scored 25 points and had eight rebounds against Corcoran. Both Kendricks and Shannon Clay will have to play at their best for the Vikings to have a shot at knocking off defending Div. IV state champ Bishop's.

NorCal Div. IV

Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 51, Colfax 33

With the Colfax defense concentrating on Monica Mertle and Christy Titchenal, freshman Monica Azevedo was left open and she made the Falcons pay. Azevedo finished with 23 points. After winning the CIF North Coast Section title, the Bears probably figured they'd see Marin Catholic again and that's what will happen Saturday in Stockton.

Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 55, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 31

Double-figure scorers for the Wildcats were Brooke Smith with 13 points and Casey Lockwood with 10. The way this team hit the road twice during the week and completely demolished its foes could be a good sign of what might happen this week against Ursuline.

SoCal Div. V

La Jolla Country Day 76, Immanuel (Reedley) 52

The Lady Torres are leveling their opposition as they drive towards a second consecutive Div. V state crown.  Immanuel should have arrived Friday night and rested instead of driving 300 miles then chasing Candice Wiggins and freshman speedster LaToya Cunningham for 32 minutes.  The Lady Eagles' plan to stay over Saturday night worked only because they needed the rest after Wiggins went for her eighth triple double of the year against them.&nbs


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