On to ARCO for 10 boys teams,<br> 10 girls teams

CIF state finals set after games Saturday at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach City College, UC Davis Rec Hall and Delta College. There were some major surprises and a certain girls team that put itself in prime position to be Student Sports FAB 50 national champions.

Boys Div. I (South)

At Long Beach Arena

Westchester (Los Angeles) 66, Poly (Long Beach) 60

Poly actually took the lead at the 3:51 mark of the fourth quarter behind senior point guard Carlos Rivers, who finished with 25 points. But Westchester's depth proved to be too much for the Jackrabbits. A three-pointer by Brandon Heath with 2:38 left gave the Comets the lead at 59-57. Poly had a chance with 21 seconds left when Rivers made a three-pointer to cut the lead to 62-60, but Hassan Adams iced it for Westchester by making a pair of free throws. Heath and Brandon Bowman both finished with 17 for the Comets. Adams wound up with 13. Westchester will be trying to win its second state title next Saturday in Sacramento. "It'll be my first time going to state," Heath said."I can't wait and I wish we could play tomorrow."

Boys Div. I (North)

At UC Davis Rec Hall

Oakland Tech 65, De La Salle (Concord) 61 (OT)

The Spartans came up with a plan to slow down the Bulldogs and nearly got the upset. The game was much different than when the two teams played in January and Tech won easily.

Girls Div. I (South)

At Long Beach Arena

Lynwood 52, Narbonne 33

Huge game for the Knights, who only need to beat Kennedy of Sacramento next week to wrap up an unbeaten season and they will be No. 1 in the nation. Lynwood led by 10 points for much of the game and had too much quickness for Narbonne. Janice Bright had 18 points to lead Lynwood. Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood scored 12, but battled the big bodies of Narbonne inside and collected 10 rebounds. "That was best I've ever seen Lynwood play," Narbonne coach James Anderson said. Said Lynwood coach Ellis Barfield: "We played great, kept the inteinsity up and made it an up tempo game. Last year Narbonne dictated the pace of game. We wanted to do that this year." Narbonne was amazingly only 1-of-18 shooting from the field in the first half. The Gauchos finished 8-of-48. Their leading scorer was Amber Fouse with eight points. Narbonne was hoping to win the Div. I state title for the third straight year.

Girls Div. I (North)

At UC Davis Rec Hall

Kennedy (Sacramento) 59, Mitty (San Jose) 57

Home cooking sure has been nice for the Cougars, who hope to keep that edge next week in the state finals at ARCO Arena. Kennedy will be playing in the school's first-ever state final.

Boys Div. II (South)

At Long Beach Arena

M.L. King (Riverside) 70, Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 65

This upset is even more stunning than the Monarchs' loss to Clovis West in the SoCal Div. I final two years ago. New school arrives on the state and national spotlight.

Boys Div. II (North)

At UC Davis Rec Hall

St. Francis (Mountain View) 66, Rio Americano (Sacramento) 46

David Chiotti dominated with 19 points and 15 rebounds for St. Francis, which also received a strong game from John Montgomery. The senior guard netted 3-of-4 on three-pointers and had 15 points. Rio Americano, which trailed 19-9 after the first quarter, was led by Eric Ward's 18 points. St. Francis will be playing in the CIF state finals for the second straight season.

Girls Div. II (South)

At Long Beach Arena

Redondo (Redondo Beach) 53, Troy (Fullerton) 39

Ofa Tulikihihifo had 14 pts and 13 rebounds for the Seahawks, who went on a 19-7 run in the third quarter to put the game away. Troy's Alicia Komaki had 16 points, but it took her 28 shots to do it. Troy only shot 28 percent for the game, the second straight week Redondo's defense has shut down an opponent after only giving up 34 to Ventura.

Girls Div. II (North)

At UC Davis Rec Hall

St. Mary's (Stockton) 66, Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 54

The Rams will be going to the state finals for the third straight year, but this time they won in the regional final as an underdog of sorts. Pinewood came into the game ranked No. 1 in Northern California overall and No. 1 in Division II. St. Mary's also avenged one of its three losses from earlier in the season.

Boys Div. III (South)

At Long Beach Arena

Centennial (Compton) 56, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 47

The Apaches avenged their only loss of the season by turning back the Knights, who were denied in their attempt to win a third straight state title. Arron Affalo had 18 points and 6 rebounds for Centennial. Darius Sanders added 15 pts and 8 rebounds. Brandon Peace scored 14 points for Bishop Montgomery.

Boys Div. III (North)

At UC Davis Rec Hall

Riordan (San Francisco) 67, Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 61

It was tears all around for SHC, which lost in both the boys and girls Div. III regional final. Riordan advances to the state finals for the second straight year. The one-two punch of John Tofi (24 points, 16 rebounds) and Marquise Kately (20 points, 12 rebounds) was again potent for Riordan, but other players stepped up, too, as Ryan Bruno had 12 and Matt Straus 10. The Irish were led by John-Paul Passaglia's 12 points.

Girls Div. III (South)

At Long Beach Arena

Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 61, Artesia (Lakewood) 57

Noelle Quinn had 21 pts and 12 rebounds for the Knights, who will try to threepeat as state champs next weekend in Sacramento. Quinn, a junior, has been a key player on the previous two state title teams and obviously is the star of this year's team. Kacie Pope led Artesia with 14 points.

Girls Div. III (North)

At UC Davis Rec Hall

Miramonte (Orinda) 63, Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 49

It was never in doubt as the Matadors led 19-9 after the first quarter and 34-20 at halftime. Tori Markey had one of her best games for Miramonte with 23 points and nine rebounds. Molly Nohr had 17 points and Taylor Peat 10. Georgia Onyemem had 15 points for Sacred Heart Cathedral, but Tessa Moon only had 11 and no one else was able to score more than five.

Boys Div. IV (South)

At Long Beach City College

Horizon (San Diego) 68, Garces (Bakersfield) 65

Seven-footer Robert Swift was impressive for the Rams, but the Panthers had too much overall depth and skill. Horizon will be playing in its second state final. It lost to Modesto Christian in the Div. V final in 1997.

Boys Div. IV (North)

At Delta College

Valley Christian (San Jose) 56, Wheatland 45

The Warriors rolled to a 16-0 spurt to start the second half and turned back the Pirates, who advanced after upsetting Monte Vista Christian, the team that beat Valley Christian in the CCS final two weeks ago. Joe Calderon heated up the night for Valley Christian with three lay-ups, a three-pointer and a two-pointer during the deciding spurt. He finished with 19 points. Marcus Martinez added 18 points. Wheatland's Lawrence Wright scored 16 straight points at one stretch of the second half, so other scoring options were a problem for the Pirates. Wright finished with 27 points.

Girls Div. IV (South)

At Long Beach City College

St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 56, Bishop's (La Jolla) 46

Alexis Kendricks shined for the Vikings with 24 pts and 6 rebounds. Shannon Clay added 12 points and nine rebounds. Mallorie Winn ended an outstanding career for Bishop's by scoring 16 points.

Girls Div. IV (North)

At Delta College

Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 60, Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 47

A 15-0 run by the Wildcats to close the first quarter and start the second doomed Ursuline. The victory sent Marin Catholic to its first state final and avenged a loss to the Bears in the CIF North Coast Section title game. Nickie Warren had 18 points to lead Marin Catholic. Standout center Brooke Smith only had 10, but distributed the ball for numerous assists and had nine rebounds. Adrienne Payne had a strong game for the Wildcats, too, and finished with 13 points. Urusline's Monica Mertle netted 16 points, but no other teammates were able to reach double figures.

Boys Div. V (South)

At Long Beach City College

Price (Los Angeles) 73, Immanuel (Reedley) 61

Four players landed in double figures for coach Michael Lynch's squad, led by Darren Morrison and Frank Peace, who both scored 17. Jacob Wild did his best to keep Immanuel in it and hit for 22 points and had 13 rebounds. It seemed like every time Immanuel might be getting ready to make a run, Price had the answer with a basket or two to regain the lead. Price will be going for its third straight state title next weekend in Sacramento.

Boys Div. V (North)

At Delta College

University (San Francisco) 57, Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 45

The Red Devils outscored the top seed in this bracket by 41-23 in the second half with a balanced, well-coached and defensively intense attack. John Casnocha had the highest scoring game among anyone in any of Saturday's boys regional finals with 31 points. The 6-5 senior also had 14 rebounds. Keith Garner led Eastside with 15 points.

Girls Div. V (South)

At Long Beach City College

La Jolla Country Day 63, Pilgrim (Los Angeles) 37

Candice Wiggins and June Brubaker made three-pointers right out of the gates and the Torres never looked back. Wiggins had her third straight big-time effort in the regional playoffs with 37 points and 11 rebounds. The super sophomore had 42 and 38 points in her two games the previous week.

Girls Div. V (North)

At Delta College

Modesto Christian 51, Ripon Christian 36

A 15-3 first quarter carried the Crusaders past the Knights and earned them a berth to their first state title game. With the Ripon Christian defense focusing mostly on stopping Courtney Paris, Modesto Christian had to be more balanced and it was. Paris had 15 points and 16 rebounds, but her twin sister, Ashley, had 11 points and six rebounds and senior guard Ashley Faria had 12 points. Ripon Christian, which was outrebounded by 46-26, was led by Jenna O'Neill's 15 points. The win avenged a loss the Crusaders suffered to the Knights in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section final.

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