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Divisions II & III Basketball Semifinals

In the other Division II semifinal:

Torrey Pines 58, Helix 40--The top-seeded Falcons (30-1) scored the first 11 points at San Dieguito High, and Helix never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

Courtie Miller scored 20 points for Torrey Pines, and Kyle Armstrong added 12.

Helix, which held the ball and played patiently even after falling behind, 11-0, got 21 points from John Pressler. The Highlanders (19-7) also hit five of 11 shots from three-point range. But Torrey Pines took better care of the basketball. The Falcons forced 14 turnovers and committed only four.

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A year ago, in the Division II semifinals, top-seeded Torrey Pines was upset by Kearny. This time, the Falcons led, 18-6, after the first quarter and rolled from there.

Division III semifinals

Lincoln 95, Ramona 54--Joe Temple scored 26 points, and Aaron Wilhite had 21 as host Lincoln (26-1) scored 52 second-half points. It was the first game in 11 days for host Lincoln, which received a first-round bye.

Lincoln will meet Clairemont at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Arena for the title.

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“I’m a little disappointed,” Lincoln Coach Ron Loneski said. “The layoff hurt us a bit. The intensity was not like it should be. They outhustled us.”

Lincoln led at the end of the first quarter, 21-11, and at halftime, 41-27. The Hornets play Clairemont at the Sports Arena for the Division III championship Saturday.

Tony Newman and Troy Wood had 10 points apiece for Ramona, which finished 11-17. Victor Dean added 11 for Lincoln, and Darryl McMillan had 10.

Clairemont 72, USDHS 60--Clairemont had a comfortable lead with 5 minutes left, but USDHS made four consecutive three-pointers to close the gap. Peter Ellis made three and Anthony Massa one.

Ray McDavid scored 38 points and had 14 rebounds to lead Clairemont. McDavid shot 14 of 19 from the floor.

“Both teams looked pretty even, but the difference was that we had McDavid,” Clairmont Coach Greg Lee said.

E.J. Pele came off the bench to score 12 points for Clairemont after being gone for two weeks with the chicken pox.

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Division II semifinals:

Vista 66, Oceanside 34--Chris Enger scored 33 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead top-seeded Vista (25-3) past Oceanside at San Dieguito High.

Vista will play San Marcos for the title Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena.

“It was just a normal night for her (Enger),” Vista Coach Joe DeMaria said. “She went out and played hard, and so did the rest of us. We were determined to get to the finals.”

Last season, Vista was upset in the Division II semifinals by Santana. But the Panthers weren’t about to settle for a repeat this time.

Vista rolled to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and cruised from there. The Panthers’ man-to-man defense helped hold Oceanside’s point guard Tonya Lee to eight points.

“She has a tendency to sometimes turn the game into showtime,” DeMaria said. “So we had to the best we could to slow her down.”

Enger did the rest. A 6-foot-4 senior center, Enger controlled the middle on both the offensive and defensive ends. And she got help from forward Dana Christofferson, who scored 20 points.

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San Marcos 63, Mission Bay 45--Susie O’Brien led San Marcos (21-6) with 34 points although she sat out the second quarter because of three first-quarter fouls. Shanell Poa Pao added 13 points for San Marcos. San Marcos shot 24 of 33 from the free throw line. Cristina Willis led Mission Bay (20-8) with 27 points.

Division III semifinals

Ramona 62, Lincoln 52--Gina Tamburrino scored 23 points, and Kris Miller added 17 to lead top-seeded Ramona past visiting Lincoln. The Bulldogs (20-3) led, 42-38, after three quarters but put the game away with the help of their full-court pressure in the fourth.

Ramona will play University of San Diego High for the title at 10:30 a.m. at the Sports Arena.

“It was even game all the way,” Ramona Coach Joe Bess said. “The difference was we were able to get some easy baskets off our press.”

Sheila Dixon scored 21 points, and Abena Byrd added 12 for Lincoln (16-6).

USDHS 51, Our Lady of Peace 44--Amy Seidlinger scored 17 points, and Ann Casey added 12 as USDHS (13-7) surprised second-seeded Our Lady of Peace at St. Augustine High. Our Lady of Peace (19-6) was within 47-44 in the final minute, but Seidlinger hit four free throws to put the game away.


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