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STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE

All games at Arco Arena (Sacramento)

Friday, March 19

DIVISION IV: La Jolla Country Day (27-4) vs. Piedmont (32-2), 2 p.m.

DIVISION II: Troy (33-1) vs. Concord Carondelet (29-3), 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 20

DIVISION V: San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (19-7) vs. Auburn Forest Lake Christian (30-4), 9:30 a.m.

DIVISION III: Bishop Amat (31-3) vs. Stockton St. Mary's (31-4), 1 p.m.

DIVISION I: San Diego (31-3) vs. Oakland Tech (23-6), 6 p.m.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONALS

Saturday, March 13

Championships

DIVISION I

San Diego 71, Long Beach Poly 61
It was hard to mask the disappointment in the faces of Long Beach Poly players afterward, and it was easy to understand.

The Jackrabbits have one of the finest defenses around – and they had just been torched for 43 points and San Diego's Charde Houston.

Connecticut-bound Houston's record-setting performance in the Southern Regional final Saturday at the Sports Arena gave San Diego a 71-61 victory over Long Beach Poly, which led by eight points with less than 9 ½ minutes remaining in the game.

Houston stole the record from Candice Wiggins of La Jolla Country Day, who had set the standard with 41 about an hour earlier in that school's 78-45 victory over Los Angeles Marlborough in the Division IV championship at Cal State Fullerton. The previous record was 39 by Brandi Collato of Solana CQ Beach Santa Fe Christian in the 2000 Division V game.

San Diego (31-3), ranked ninth in the state, will play Saturday for the state title against Oakland Tech, a 52-49 winner over Elk Grove Laguna Creek. The Cavers are the first San Diego Section team to play for a Division I title since Teri Mann led Point Loma to four consecutive state titles, the last in 1987.

Long Beach Poly, ranked third in the state and second in the Southland, finished 29-4. The Jackrabbits were led by April Phillips with 22 points, but their leading scorer this season, Judith Smith, had only five points on a two-for-13 performance from the field – including 0 for 10 from the three-point arc.

"Our goal was to neutralize Houston and we didn't get it done," said Poly's coach, Carl Buggs. "We take pride in playing defense, it's supposed to be our forte, but you'd never know from that."

Buggs said "six or seven" players covered the 6-foot-2 Houston at various times, alternating between a guard in the backcourt to pressure her, and rotating another player to her in the frontcourt. Little of it mattered. She made 14 of 30 shots, and converted 13 of 15 free throws.

"She's a great player," said Phillips, who played in last year's regional final for Harbor City Narbonne. "There's no excuse for our defense shutting down."

San Diego trailed by as many as nine points, 30-21, in the second quarter. The Cavers trailed by eight, 46-38, with 1 minute 21 seconds left in the third. Houston then scored 23 of her team's final 33 points.

The comeback began in earnest with 40 seconds left when Houston, who scored 28 in the second half, made the first of back-to-back three-point shots from about 25 feet to tie the score at 46-46. Those were her only two three-point baskets on six attempts.

Houston's fourth foul, with 2.5 seconds left in the third, allowed Latoya Fairley's free-throw to give Poly a 47-46 going into the fourth.

But Poly went brain dead. After Houston collected her fourth foul, four of Poly's next five shots were three-point attempts. The Jackrabbits drove at the state's career scoring leader only once in the fourth quarter in an effort to foul her out, and Houston stepped out of the way for an easy basket.

"We didn't use too much intelligence," said Buggs, who told his team to attack Houston.

The last thing Poly should have been doing was shooting three-point baskets. The Jackrabbits, who were 21 of 60 from the field, were 0 for 17 from the three-point arc. It might have been worse, but Phillips – who played for Narbonne in last year's regional championship – was eight for 15 from the field.

"I thought they were going to come at me" Houston said, "but they didn't."

The lead changed hands five times over the final eight minutes. It appeared Poly had shifted momentum back its way on consecutive baskets by Brae Butler to tie the score at 55, and a drive by April Phillips gave the Jackrabbits a 58-55 lead with 2:43 left in the game. But San Diego scored the next eight points, Houston accounting for five of them.

Butler scored 10 for Poly, and Fairley finished with nine. It was far too little.

"To me, [Houston] is the best player in the country right now," said San Diego Coach Marlon Wells, "[because] Long Beach Poly is a great team."
--Martin Henderson

San Diego 14 11 21 25 – 71
Long Beach Poly 15 16 16 14 – 61

SAN DIEGO – Price 13, Glenn 3, Paty 3, Moreno 3, Smith 4, Houston 43 (10 rebounds, 6 steals, 3 steals), Johnson 2.

LONG BEACH POLY – Edwards 2, Wood 5, Brown 2, Shorts 4, Smith 5, Butler 10, Mays 2, Fairley 9, Phillips 22 (10 rebounds).

Records: SD (31-3), LBP (29-4).

DIVISION II

Troy 47, Mater Dei 25
Just how much does Fullerton Troy need its leading scorer, Meghan McGuire? When the defense allows only 25 points, not very. That was the story for Fullerton Troy as the Warriors beat Santa Ana Mater Dei, 47-25.

Troy (33-1), ranked seventh in the state, will get a chance to defend its Division II title Friday in Sacramento against Concord Corondolet, a 56-32 winner over San Jose Archbishop Mitty. Mater Dei, which entered the Southern Section playoffs as a wild card team, finished 19-12.

McGuire sprained her ankle on Monday, didn't play Tuesday, and played only eight minutes Thurday in the 62-52 win over Norco in the regional semifinal.

"We haven't played better because Meghan's been hurt, we've just been more motivated to help her out," said Troy Coach Kevin Kiernan after McGuire scored two points – 13 below her average -- in 17 minutes.

The 25 points scored by Mater Dei was the second-lowest in regional final history, and the Monarchs avoided matching the previous low – held by Trona in a 36-23 loss in Division V in 1988 – because Colleen Nanry scored from 17 feet with 52 seconds left.

"That was so unexpected," Kiernan said. "You never expect to hold a team under 30. This was our best job all year of following the game plan and taking the other team out of its offense."

Mater Dei had lost to Troy earlier this season, 48-44, but this game bore little resemblance. Mater Dei converted only 10 of 43 shots, but dug its hole by making only five of 25 in the first half to fall behind, 31-14.

Much of the defensive credit went to Sara Yee and Nicole Hayman, who played critical roles in preventing Mater Dei's Laurie Denning and Chanel Foster from scoring off dribble penetration. Quicker than Troy's guards, the Mater Dei duo were a concern for Kiernan. However, they converted baskets only twice in nine shots, and by the time Denning finally scored on penetration, her team trailed, 42-19, with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

"It was one of those games where nothing fell," said Mater Dei Coach Geri Campeau, whose team was trying to reach the state final for the first time since winning in 1996.

Denning and the only senior in the Mater Dei starting lineup, Lauren Greer, scored six apiece. Jen Rogers, the Monarchs' sole hope of reviving a comeback late in the game with her three-point shot, sprained her ankle with three minutes into the third quarter. She finished with five points.

McGuire, who sprained her ankle Monday, played only 17 minutes and scored only two points, 13 below her average. Sophomore Rhaya Neabors started in place of McGuire and led Troy with 12 points, and added six rebounds and three assists.

Hayman scored nine before leaving the game with a broken nose with 5:54 left. Rheya Neabors, Rhaya's twin sister, had seven points and 10 rebounds.

Troy's offensive story was told largely by its high-low game early on, with the 6-foot-1 Rheya and Rhaya combining for 11 of Troy's first 13 points. Jaclyn Blied added two three-point baskets in the second quarter, and Troy closed the half with an 11-0 run.

"I don't think Mater Dei was worried about Jackie Blied," Kiernan said. "When you're keying on other people, it throws off your whole game plan."
--Martin Henderson

Mater Dei 8 6 7 4 – 25
Troy 15 16 11 5 – 47

MATER DEI – Denning 6, Estrella 4, Lopez 2, Rogers 5, Greer 6 (6 rebounds), Nanry 2.

TROY – Yee 3 (3 assists, 3 steals), Hayman 9, Blied 6, Rhe. Neabors 7 (10 rebounds), Rha. Neabors 12 (3 assists), Sims 6, Glaser 2, McGuire 2. Records: MD (19-12), Troy (33-1).

DIVISION III

Bishop Amat 71, Morningside 51
La Puente Bishop Amat's inside game of Erin Myrick and Chasmine Jones were known quantities and expected to play a pivotal role in the Lancers' Division III Southern Regional championship against Inglewood Morningside.

But Juanise Cornell?

The reserve scored 11 points in Bishop Amat's 71-51 victory Saturday, sending the Lancers to the state final for the first time.

Bishop Amat (31-3) will play Stockton St. Mary's (31-4) on Saturday in Sacramento. St. Mary's, ranked fourth in the state, got 31 points from Jacki Gemelos and scored a 57-43 victory over San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral on the strength of a 25-8 fourth quarter. Morningside, which lost earlier this season to Bishop Amat, 49-42, finished 31-4.

Cornell wasn't the whole story in Bishop Amat's first regional final. Myrick scored 18 points, Jones 11 and guard Jessica Carrera 11. But when 5-foot-10 Cornell replaced Jones, a 5-10 senior, in the third quarter, it was still a competitive game.

"This was her best game of the year,"Coach Richard Wiard said. "She's a great athlete, she's just overshadowed. She realizes when she's out there she's not the No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 option on offense, and as a sophomore, she's willing to defer to those other kids."

Despite Morningside's shooting woes – after opening an 8-2 lead, it went 7 minutes 36 seconds in the first half without a point while missing 15 in a row -- it trailed only 34-27 at halftime. Jones' basket inside extended Bishop Amat's lead in the opening minute of the third quarter, but she left with her third foul at 6:41. Cornell scored eight in a 12-4 run over the next four minutes and the rout was on as Bishop Amat stretched its margin to 15 points, 48-33.

"When she came out and made those baskets, it got us going," said Myrick, the 6-2 Texas Tech-bound senior who was eight of 11 from the field, had six assists and three blocked shots. "They couldn't stop us right there because we had so many weapons."

Said Cornell, whose season-high was 12 and was averaging only 4.5 points: "They gave me the lane and I took it."

Morningside Coach Frank Scott was disappointed with his team's interior defense and said it gave up too many easy baskets. Thomas, a 6-3 senior, was the game's scoring star. Her fade-away baseline jumper was unstoppable and she finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

"It was a physical kind of game," Scott said, "I thought we were ready for this game. "As it went on, it was tougher for us to do what we wanted to do. We wanted to get the ball inside, but I thought their defene had something to do with it."

Senior Lorie Rayford, who was part of Lynwood's consecutive state championships in Division I, and whose transfer to Morningside was the single-biggest factor in the Monarchs' success this season, was a non-factor. She finished with seven rebounds and only five points – on one of nine shooting against Bishop Amat's 2-3 zone – before fouling out with 4:12 remaining and her team trailing, 61-43.

"It hurts," Rayford said. "We came all this way and we just lost it. It meant a lot, everything. It's not how much we lost by, we could have lost by 100 points, but how we lost the game.

"I didn't come to play, my teammates didn't come to play."

Morningide was 20 of 72 from the field, Bishop Amat was 24 of 44.

Twila Stokes scored nine for Morningside, and Saida Johnson seven. Amelia Alvarez added eight for Bishop Amat.

The contest looked like a rout in the opening three minutes as Morningside made its first four shots for an 8-2 lead. But Bishop Amat took control after it got its bearings. The Lancers closed the quarter making five of eight from the field, including two three-point baskets by Carrera. They led after one quarter, 17-8, and stretched it to 23-8 before Johnson's three-point basket ended a scoreless span of 7:36 and included 15 consecutive missed shots.
--Martin Henderson

Morningside 8 19 10 14 – 51
Bishop Amat 17 17 16 21 – 71

MORNINGSIDE – Johnson 7 (6 assists), Miller 2, Stokes 9, Franklin 4, Thomas 24, Rayford 5.

BISHOP AMAT – Carrera 11, M. Alvarez 1, Brown 3, Ame. Alvarez 8, Simmons 2, Franco 4, Myrick 18 (6 rebounds, 6 assists), Cornell 11, Jones 13.

DIVISION IV

La Jolla Country Day 78, Marlborough 45
Stanford-bound guard Candice Wiggins set a new Southern Regional finals scoring record with 41 points to lead Country Day to the Division IV title at Cal State Fullerton.

Wiggins made 15 of 25 shots, including seven of 14 three-pointers. She scored 26 points in the second half to pass the previous record of 39 points by Solano Beach Santa Fe Christian's Brandi Collato in 2000.

"You look at the list, and it's very flattering," Wiggins said.

After defeating Marlborough for the second conseuctive year in the regional final, Country Day will face Berkeley St. Mary's/Piedmont winner in the state final next weekend.

Sophomore center Abi Olajuwon led the Mustangs with 25 points and 15 rebounds and senior guard Emily Tay finished with 11 points and three assists.
--Elia Powers

Marlborough 9 11 9 16 -- 45
Country Day 16 23 26 13 -- 78

MARLBOROUGH--Louie 3, Madison 4, Olajuwon 25 (15 rebounds), Tay 11, Haralambus 2.

COUNTRY DAY--Fox-Griffin 10, Wiggins 41 (8 rebounds), Settles 2, Cunningham 22, Stinson 3.

Records: Marlborough 28-4; Country Day 27-4.

DIVISION V

San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 54, Visalia Central Valley Christian 22
Katherine Suderman scored 16 points to lead the Central Section champions to victory in the Division V final at Cal State Fullerton. It was the second consecutive season Mission Prep defeated Central Section runner-up Central Valley Christian in the regional final.

Suderman, a 6-5 UC Santa Barbara-bound center, had 13 rebounds and four blocks for Mission Prep, which will play Forest Lake Christian in the state final next weekend in Sacramento.

Mission Prep (19-7) led, 26-8, at halftime and did not allow more than eight points in a quarter. Central Valley Christian (24-4) made only eight of 52 shots.
--Elia Powers

CVC 3 5 8 6 -- 22
Mission Prep 13 13 19 9 -- 54

CVC--Koelewyn 6, Umbaugh 2, Newkirk 5, Van Hofwegen 2, Stanley 4, Kamper 3.

MISSION PREP--Dale 5, B. Morrow 7, Morrison 12, Suderman 16, Ochylski 4, Flores 2, Destiche 7, K. Morrow 1.

Records: Central Valley Christian 24-4; Mission Prep 19-7.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINALS

Division I
Oakland Tech 52, Elk Grove Laguna Creek 49

Division II
Concord Carondelet 56, San Jose Mitty 32

Division III
Stockton St. Mary's 57, San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral 43

Division IV
Piedmont 46, Berkeley St. Mary's 38

Division V
Auburn Forest Lake Christian 53, Modesto Christian 45

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINAL GAME SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 13

At L.A. Sports Arena

DIVISION III: Bishop Amat (30-3) vs. Morningside (31-3), 10 a.m.
DIVISION II: Troy (32-1) vs. Mater Dei (19-11), 2 p.m.
DIVISION I: San Diego (30-3) vs. Long Beach Poly (29-3), 6 p.m.

At Cal State Fullerton

DIVISION V: San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (18-7) vs. Visalia Central Valley Christian (24-3), 1 p.m.
DIVISION IV: La Jolla Country Day (27-4) vs. Marlborough (28-3), 5 p.m.

STATE SOUTHERN REGIONAL PLAYOFFS

Thursday, March 11

Semifinals

DIVISION I

Long Beach Poly 40, San Clemente 39
Quickness and defense have been the staples for Long Beach Poly all season, and it worked to the Jackrabbits advantage again Thursday in the Southern Regional semifinal -- barely.

Taking a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter, second-ranked Poly held off a furious comeback by third-ranked San Clemente for a 40-39 Division I victory at Long Beach Cabrillo High.

Poly (30-2), ranked third in the state, was led by Judith Smith's 17 points, and will play San Diego Saturday, 6 p.m., at the L.A. Sports Arena. San Clemente, ranked sixth in the state, finished 27-5. It is the first appearance in a regional final for Poly.

San Clemente (27-5) pulled to within 38-37, and had the ball on their own end with 20 seconds to go. They inbounded to 6-foot-4 Lauren Riley, who promptly spun away from the basket and missed her shot. Poly's April Phillips rebounded, and converted two free throws with 15 seconds left a 40-37 lead.

"She should have thrown the ball out to run the play [for 6-2 Lindsey Pluimer]," said San Clemente coach Mary Mulligan, who watched Pluimer miss a forced three-pointer from the corner with time expiring and Shawn Hensling put up the rebound for a 40-39 margin. "We had 20 seconds and the ball, there are no excuses."

Pluimer - averaging 24 points -- finished with 10 points, and Lauren Redfield had 11. Riley finished with five.

Poly got eight points from 5-9 freshman Zajve Woods, and though April Phillips scored only four, she had six steals among San Clemente's 24 turnovers, and did a good job of keeping Pluimer from dominating the boards. Pluimer and Riley combined for only seven rebounds between them, though Poly's tallest players were Phillips (6-0) and Latoya Fairley (6-1).

It was surprising that San Clemente was even in the game. The Tritons committed 12 turnovers in the first quarter against Poly's defense and fell behind 14-1 less than four minutes into the game.

Though San Clemente had a height advantage with Riley and the 6-3 Pluimer, they were more effective with Riley out of the lineup. Down 22-9 at halftime - in part because of 18 turnovers -- the Tritons cut the deficit to eight points isn the third quarter but still trailed by 13 at halftime, 35-22, after Smith's steal and 24-foot three-point basket at the buzzer. It was Poly's last field goal.

That set the stage for a furious rally in the fourth in which Poly committed six turnovers and missed 12 shots from the field. San Clemente, which trailed by 11 points with 3:05 to go, to a three-point basket from Kiley Jones, and Riley's first field goal to make it 37-32.

After Smith made a free throw, Redfield made a three-point play with 1:05 remaining to make it 38-37.

"It's a hard way to go out," said Pluimer, who was 0 for 6 from the field in the first half, was 6 for 10 in the second. "They took it to us in the first quarter and that killed us.

"But we were ognig to go out like champions and finish this the right way. We played with everything we had at the end."

San Clemente converted only five of 11 free throws, while Poly converted 12 of 17. San Clemente finished 15 of 52 from the field, Poly 11 of 57.
--Martin Henderson

San Diego 74, Hart 43

DIVISION II

Mater Dei 55, Brea Olinda 48
Jen Rogers scored 18 points and Lauren Greer added 11 points to lead fifth-seeded Mater Dei (18-11), which took a 27-22 halftime lead. Lauren Pedersen scored 12 points and Jeanette Pohlen had 11 for second-seeded Brea Olinda (27-6).

Troy 62, Norco 52
The Warriors advanced to the Division II regional final largely without the services of their leading scorer at Cal State Fullerton. Meghan McGuire scored only eight points in limited minutes because of a sprained ankle suffered during practice earlier in the week.

McGuire sat out the top-seeded Warriors' quarterfinal victory on Tuesday and her status is questionable for Saturday's game against Santa Ana Mater Dei, a 55-45 winner over second-seeded Brea Olinda.

Troy (32-1) was led by Nicole Hayman's 22 points and seven rebounds. The Warriors never trailed and led, 50-36, with 7:16 left. However, a three-point basket by Norco's Ashley Hamlett capped a 14-5 run to make it 55-50 with 1:36 left. Troy pulled away on a three-point play by Lauren Sims with 33 seconds left.

Sara Yee and Rheya Neabors (11 rebounds) teamed to hold Norco standout Erika Arriarian to two-of-10 shooting in the fourth quarter. She finished with 23 points. It was Troy's third victory in a row over Norco (28-5), with the previous one coming in the Southern Section Divison II-AA title game.
--Mike Besack

DIVISION III

Bishop Amat 56, Pasadena Muir 49
Erin Myrick had a team-high 18 points on eight-of-13 shooting and Chasmine Jones added 14 points for the Lancers (30-3), whose victory at Workman advance them to the Division III regional final on Saturday against second-seeded Inglewood Morningside (31-3), a 59-54 winner over third-seeded San Diego Mission Bay.

The top-seeded Lancers, who have won 30 games for the first time in school history, defeated Muir, 44-40 in the section Division III-A final on Saturday.Tierra Henderson had 21 points, including four three-point baskets, for Muir (23-8) which made only six of 17 free-throw attempts.
--Elia Powers

Morningside 59, San Diego Mission Bay 54
Lorie Rayford scored 18 points to lead host Morningside (31-3), the second-seeded team in Division III, which came back from a five-point deficit with three minutes left. Amber Sprague scored 18 points for San Diego Mission Bay (24-5).

DIVISION IV

La Jolla Country Day 85, Brentwood 59
Candace Wiggins scored 50 points to lead top-seeded La Jolla Country Day (26-4). Brianne Brown had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Brentwood (27-7).

Marlborough 47, Corcoran 46

DIVISION V

San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 57, Pacific Hills 51
Quiana Fenty scored 20 points and Helen Suarez added 17 points for fourht-seeded Pacific Hills (20-12). Kate Suderman led Mission Prep (18-7) with 22 points. Top-seeded Mission Prep had built a 12-point lead at the end of the third. Pacific Hills cut the lead to one point with one minute remaining, but Mission Prep scored the game's final five point on free throws.

Visalia Central Valley Christian 41, Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian 29

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

DIVISION I

Oakland Tech 54, Antioch Deer Valley 40
Elk Grove Laguna Creek 66, Berkeley 61

DIVISION II

San Jose Mitty 48, Chico 44
Concord Carondelet 67, San Mateo Aragon 46

DIVISION III

Stockton St. Mary's 77, Soquel 52
San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral 56, Hayward Moreau Catholic 41

DIVISION IV

Piedmont 80, Colfax 30
Berkeley St. Mary's 50, Salinas Notre Dame 48

DIVISION V

Modesto Christian 69, San Francisco Urban 51
Auburn Forest Lake Christian 62, Los Altos Hills Pinewood 39

STATE SOUTHERN REGIONAL PLAYOFFS

Tuesday, March 9

Quarterfinals

DIVISION I

Hart 73, Lynwood 61
The girls' basketball team from Newhall Hart may have been the underdog going into the Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinal game Tuesday night, but it was an angry underdog.

And the Indians took it out on top-seeded Lynwood.

Three days after suffering a third-consecutive loss to San Clemente in the Southern Section Division I-A final, Hart out-shot and out-executed the two-time defending state champions from start to finish on their way to a decisive 73-61 victory at Lynwood.

"I knew we could win but I didn't expect to do it by that score," said Hart junior forward Ashlee Trebilcock, who finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. "We only had one game to practice for them but we boxed-out, we did the fundamentals and we hit some shots."

Hart (29-2) made 10 if its 12 field-goal attempts in the first quarter and four of six in the second to build a 39-20 halftime lead. Sophomore guard Taylor Lilley added 21 points, including four three-point baskets, as the Indians increased their lead to as many as 24 points in the second half.

Lynwood (26-3), the Division I-AA champion, was missing two key players: senior forward Brandi Kimble, who suffered ligament damage to her right knee in the section semifinals and missed Friday's championship game, and freshman center Lonita Sanford, who suffered third-degree burns on her leg and foot while cooking the night before.

Coach Ellis Barfield, however, refused to make excuses. "[Hart was] in the zone all game," he said. "They were disciplined and they had a good game plan. We never found our rhythm. Our rebounding broke down and we had too many scoring droughts."

Tennesse-bound guard Sade Wiley-Gatewood scored 28 points and Satimah Stokeley added 10 for Lynwood, which never got closer than 15 points in the fourth quarter.
--Steve Galluzzo

Long Beach Poly 64, Fresno Clovis West 40
April Phillips had 21 points, nine rebounds and four steals to lead second-seeded Long Beach Poly over host Clovis West (21-8). Judith Smith added 14 points and four steals and Kalani Patterson chipped in 10 points for the Jackrabbits (28-3) .

San Clemente 55, Crenshaw 44
The Tritons, ranked third in the Southland, used their huge height advantage to end No. 22 Crenshaw's 27-game winning streak. With no player taller than 5-11, City Section champion Crenshaw (28-2) struggled against 6-3 Lindsey Pluimer and 6-4 Lauren Riley.

Pluimer had 25 points, 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and five assists for third-seeded San Clemente (27-4), which will play at second-seeded Long Beach Poly on Thursday. Riley added 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

"Them big girls can play," said Crenshaw Coach Major Dennis, who is retiring from the girls' program after 22 seasons. "I didn't know they were that good."

Crenshaw led, 19-13, in the second quarter when San Clemente responded with a 12-0 run and took a 25-21 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Pluimer scored 12 and Riley eight. San Clemente stretched the lead to 53-34 in the fourth quarter before Crenshaw rallied, mostly against San Clemente's second team.

Krystle Adams and Lynea Williams, averaging 13 and 11.5 points, respectively, finished with nine and eight points, but combined for only 10 points through three quarters.

Lauren Redfield scored her only points of the game on two three-point baskets in the second quarter.

"In the first quarter, we were shaky," said Mary Mulligan, San Clemente's coach. "In the second quarter, Redfield hit a couple of threes and loosened things up, and in the second half, we attacked the press."
--Martin Henderson

San Diego 54, Narbonne 50

Semifinals, Thursday
Hart (29-2) at San Diego (29-3); San Clemente (27-4) at Long Beach Poly (28-3).

Note: Regional final at L.A. Sports Arena, Saturday, 6 p.m.

DIVISION II

Brea Olinda 66, San Diego County Ramona 37
Point guard Natalie Thune helped guide the Brea Olinda offense with five assists and no turnovers. She also chipped in six points, two steals and four rebounds. Lauren Pedersen had 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks for the second-seeded LadyCats (27-5). Jeanette Pohlen added 10 points and six rebounds. Ramona finished 22-10.

Troy 74, North Bakersfield 43
Nicole Hayman had 17 points and four assists, Rheya Neabors added 14 points and eight rebounds and Cyndy Glaser scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, for top-seeded Troy (31-1). North Bakersfield finished 28-7.

Mater Dei 56, Bakersfield West 33
Norco 41, Spring Valley Mount Miguel 40

Semifinals, Thursday
Norco (28-4) at Troy (31-1); Mater Dei (18-11) at Brea Olinda (27-5).

Note: Regional final at L.A. Sports Arena, Saturday, 2 p.m.

DIVISION III

Bishop Amat 57, San Diego Kearney 53
Erin Myrick had 27 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and Chasmine Jones had nine points and seven rebounds to lead host No. 1-seeded Bishop Amat (29-3), which led, 29-16, at the half. Daphanie Kennedy had 20 points for Kearney (19-11).

Morningside 72, Porterville 44
Lorie Rayford had 19 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assiststo lead second-seeded Morningside over visiting Porterville. Junior Summer Matthews led Porterville with 22 points.

Muir 57, Oakhurst Yosemite 32
Freshman Darixia Morris had 17 points and seven assists to lead visiting Muir (25-7).Karras Blate scored 15 for Yosemite (25-6).

San Diego Mission Bay 57, Newbury Park 40

Semifinals, Thursday
Muir (23-7) at Bishop Amat (29-3); San Diego Mission Bay (24-4) at Morningside (30-3).

Note: Regional final at L.A. Sports Arena, Saturday, 10 a.m.

DIVISION IV

Brentwood 71, Caruthers 45
Tani Brown had 17 points and five steals and Jennifer Jackson scored 16 points for host No. 4-seeded Brentwood (27-6). Brooke Stanley had 22 points for Caruthers (23-10).

Marlborough 48, La Jolla Bishop's 45
Abi Olajuwon had 19 points and 13 rebounds and teammate Emily Tay added nine points and nine assists to lead third-seeded Marlborough (27-3) over visiting Bishop's. Tamika Lipfort and Brianna Gonzalez each had 10 points for Bishop's (18-10).

Corcoran 53, Cerritos Valley Christian 49
La Jolla Country Day 84, Downey Calvary Chapel 35

Semifinals, Thursday
Brentwood (27-6) at La Jolla Country Day (25-4); Marlborough (27-3) at Corcoran (28-1).

Note: Regional final at Cal State Fullerton, Saturday, 5 p.m.

DIVISION V

Visalia Central Valley Christian 41, Liberty Christian 35
Tessa Umbaugh scored 12 points to lead second-seeded Central Valley Christian (22-3) over Liberty Christian (26-4). Liberty Christian was led by Alicha Wilkerson with 11 points.

Pacific Hills 71, Julian 41
Helen Suarez had 16 points, Adria Buchanan scored 14 points and Ashleyrose Lewis added 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 4-seeded Pacific Hills (20-11) over Julian (19-13).

San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 57, Thacher 42
Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian 48, Mesa Grande Academy 32

Semifinals, Thursday
Pacific Hills (20-11) at San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (17-7); Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian (20-9) at Visalia Central Valley Christian (23-3).

Note: Regional final at Cal State Fullerton, Saturday, 1 p.m.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

DIVISION I

Oakland Tech 56, Modesto Davis 44
Antioch Deer Valley 65, San Francisco Lincoln 35
Elk Grove Laguna Creek 69, Salinas 47
Berkeley 66, Oakland Castlemont 52

Semifinals, Thursday
Antioch Deer Valley (24-4) at Oakland Tech (21-6); Elk Grove Laguna Creek (25-7) at Berkeley (22-9).

Note: Regional final at Arco Arena (Sacramento), Saturday, 6 p.m.

DIVISION II

San Jose Mitty 50, Sacramento 32
Chico 52, Eureka 44
San Mateo Aragon 55, Sacramento Burbank 41
Concord Carondelet 82, Palo Cedro Foothill 70

Semifinals, Thursday
Chico (26-4) at San Jose Mitty (27-4); San Mateo Aragon (28-4) at Concord Carondelet (27-3).

Note: Regional final at Arco Arena (Sacramento), Saturday, 2 p.m.

DIVISION III

Stockton St. Mary's 77, El Cerrito 43
Soquel 77, Oroville Las Plumas 55
Hayward Moreau Catholic 67, Vallejo Hogan 58
San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral 56, Redding Enterprise 35

Semifinals, Thursday
Soquel (30-2) at Stockton St. Mary's (29-4); Hayward Moreau Catholic (26-4) at San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral (28-4).

Note: Regional final at Arco Arena (Sacramento), Saturday, 10 a.m.

DIVISION IV

Piedmont 71, San Jose Valley Christian 51
Colfax 71, Durham 51
Berkeley St. Mary's 78, Wheatland 49
Salinas Notre Dame 69, Altaville Bret Harte 46

Semifinals, Thursday
Colfax (18-14) at Piedmont (30-2); Berkeley St. Mary's (23-8) at Salinas Notre Dame (25-4)

Note: Regional final at San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton), Saturday, 5 p.m.

DIVISION V

San Francisco Urban 49, Atherton Sacred Heart Prep 36
Modesto Christian 46, Etna 33
Los Altos Hills Pinewood 44, San Francisco Convent of the Sacred Heart 40
Auburn Forest Lake Christian 64, Red Bluff Mercy 31

Semifinals, Thursday
Modesto Christian (25-9) at San Francisco Urban (31-1); Los Altos Hills Pinewood (18-9) at Auburn Forest Lake Christian (28-4).

Note: Regional final at San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton), Saturday, 1 p.m.

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