For the second straight postseason, the Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team faced a top seed in the semifinals.
Flintridge Prep tried to make it two straight victories against a No. 1 seed when it faced host Lakeside in a CIF Southern Section Division II-A road contest Friday.
Despite a furious fourth-quarter rally, Flintridge Prep’s bid to accomplish the feat was foiled in a 61-50 defeat.
“We were fighting the whole way in the fourth quarter and our defense helped us go on our run,” Flintridge Prep co-coach Kevin Kiyomura said. “Lakeside just made some shots at the end to end our run.
“It was a good run by us. We gave it our all.”
Flintridge Prep (24-3) trailed, 46-32, entering the fourth quarter before pulling to within 54-48 with 45 seconds remaining. Lakeside (25-3) finished on a 7-2 run to advance to the championship game against Santa Margarita or Oxford Academy.
The Rebels received 27 points from Kaitlyn Chen, the reigning All-Area Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year, 13 from Sofia Gonzalez and eight from Ashlyn Zhang.
Flintridge Prep, which defeated top-seeded Oxford Academy last season in a Division III-A semifinal road game, saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end.
Lakeside, which won the Ivy League championship, held a 28-22 halftime advantage en route to winning its eighth game in a row.