Hart 63, Santa Barbara 49--Hart, seeded No. 2 in the 5-A Division, led from start to finish, maintaining at least a 10-point lead throughout the second half, to claim its first basketball championship in school history.
Junior forward Sara Wilson led Hart (25-2) with 18 points. Senior guards Desa Pecel (15 points) and Kim Posey (12) also scored in double figures.
Senior guard Faha Banks scored a game-high 25 points for Santa Barbara (21-8).
Brea-Olinda 69, Atascadero 40--Atascadero arrived 20 minutes late for the game because of heavy freeway traffic, got only 5 minutes to warm up and never recovered in the 3-A game at Cal Poly Pomona.
Brea outscored Atascadero, 11-2, in the second quarter to break the game open. Aimee McDaniel, Brea point guard, had a game-high 25 points and added six assists. Guard Tammy Blackburn added 14 points for Brea (27-2).
Atascadero, which shot just 25% in the first half and 34.5% for the game, was led by Rene Brill’s 14 points. The Greyhounds (20-5) had upset No. 3 seeded La Quinta of Westminster and No. 2 Palm Desert to reach the final.
Brea advances to the state playoffs, which begin Tuesday. Atascadero must hope for an at-large bid.
Hemet Baptist Christian 50, Pilgrim 47--Becky Drew scored 30 points to lead the Warriors to the Small Schools Division title at Pasadena Poly High.
Baptist Christian (23-3)utilized a press to open a 12 point lead and then held of Pilgrim (20-3) which never got closer than the final margin of three points. Baptist Christian advances to the Southern California Regionals in Division V