Long Beach Poly beats Etiwanda for girls Open Division title

Long Beach Poly beats Etiwanda for girls Open Division title
Long Beach Poly fans celebrate the Jackrabbits' Southern California Regional Open Division title victory over Etiwanda at at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Saturday. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Long Beach Poly is headed to Sacramento with the opportunity to win a sixth state championship in girls' basketball.

A three-point play by Lajahna Drummer with 2:19 left and a three-point basket by Arica Carter with 1:47 to play were the key plays in Poly's 56-46 victory over Etiwanda in the Southern California Regional Open Division final Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Drummer, bound for UCLA, finished with 17 points. Carter, headed for Louisville, had 13 points. Poly (26-3) will face Richmond Salesian in next Saturday's 6 p.m. Open Division final at Sleep Train Arena.

Amy Okonkwo led Etiwanda with 17 points.


Division I: San Diego State-bound Cheyenne Greenhouse scored 27 points to spark Moreno Valley Canyon Springs to a 66-51 win over Mission Hills Alemany.

Canyon Springs (24-6) led in rebounds, 41-28. Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Canyon Springs will play Elk Grove Pleasant Grove in Friday's 6 p.m. state final.

Division II: Pepperdine-bound Devin Stanback used her 6-foot-3 height to dominate, scoring 27 points and grabbing nine rebounds to help West Hills Chaminade (28-4) defeat West Torrance, 67-50. The Eagles will play San Jose Mitty in Saturday's 2 p.m. state championship game at Sleep Train Arena.

With a lineup that featured players 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 and 5-11, the Eagles outrebounded West Torrance, 44-35. Sophomore Valerie Higgins contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds.

"Devin was amazing on offense," Coach Kelli DiMuro said.

Division III: Amber Melgoza had 20 points and eight rebounds to help Santa Barbara defeat Santa Margarita, 58-48. Desirea Coleman added 15 points for the top-seeded Dons (30-5), who outscored third-seeded Santa Margarita 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 30-16 halftime lead.

Division IV: Alexis Griggsby and Kennedy Burke each scored 15 points, and Chatsworth Sierra Canyon made 15 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter on the way to a 59-52 upset over top-seeded Gardena Serra.

The game was tied, 38-38, entering the final eight minutes, but the second-seeded Trailblazers (27-4) pulled away behind Burke, who had15 rebounds and six blocks.

"Every practice we shoot free throws because it's kind of our weakness," said the 6-1 Burke, who was seven of eight from the foul line. "It's a free shot, but I still get nervous. My coach tells me to bend my knees because I'm tall."

Correspondent Steve Galluzzo contributed to this report.