Unbeaten Etiwanda girls receive 44-point performance from Kennedy Smith

Kennedy Smith of Etiwanda.
Etiwanda sophomore Kennedy Smith scored 44 points in a victory over Chino Hills on Friday night.
(Luca Evans)

Kennedy Smith’s smile grew wider with each trip back down the court.

Shots coming off the Etiwanda sophomore’s fingertips Friday night against Chino Hills looked programmed to find the net, as if she didn’t have any autonomy in the matter. And after her fifth three-pointer of the first half — a particularly audacious catch-and-shoot after a missed layup — she trotted back with a sheepish grin as if to say, “I can’t help it.”

Smith finished with 44 points, leading unbeaten Etiwanda to a 91-26 romp over Chino Hills to improve the Eagles to 20-0.


Freshman point guard Aliyahna Morris was a major factor in Etiwanda pulling away early. She scored 12 points in the first half, showcasing a repertoire of floaters and midrange stop-and-pop jumpers.

The Etiwanda Eagles are 18-0 and top the Southern California girls’ top 20 basketball rankings.

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Morris is a player worth watching as the Eagles march into the playoffs. She’s a quick ballhandler with a high IQ and the ability to fire pinpoint passes on the move with either hand.

“She’s a five-star-type player,” coach Stan Delus said this week.

Etiwanda will match up against Bonita Vista (10-6) on Sunday.

Sierra Canyon 72, Viewpoint 32: Juju Watkins scored 26 points and had 16 rebounds and MacKenly Randolph added 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Sierra Canyon.

Camarillo 85, Oak Park 24: Gabriela Jaquez finished with 45 points for unbeaten Camarillo.

Mater Dei 90, Aliso Niguel 31: Emily Shaw scored 14 points for the 19-3 Monarchs.

Boys’ basketball

Rolling Hills Prep 55, Capistrano Valley Christian 53: Benny Gealer scored 15 points and Kenny Manzi and JV Brown had 14 points apiece to rally Rolling Hills Prep at Mater Dei.

Orange Lutheran 66, Taft 54: Seth Brown finished with 21 points to lead the Lancers. AJ Johnson had 21 points for Taft.

Damien 75, Los Osos 59: Jimmy Oladokun scored 24 points for Damien.

Kory Blunt scores 17 points in Birmingham’s 59-56 win over Taft

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Crossroads 83, Windward 81 (OT): Crossroads won the Gold Coast League game in overtime.

Hollywood 57, RFK 45: Gary Lira Jr. had 27 points in the Central League game.

Brentwood 84, Paraclete 73: MJ Coleman had 18 points for Brentwood.

El Camino Real 80, Cleveland 63: Karson Peffer scored 21 points for ECR.

Aliso Niguel 84, Dana Hills 77: Tyler Weaver finished with 43 points.

St. Francis 63, Viewpoint 51: Jake Goldberg led St. Francis with 29 points.

Dominguez 53, Downey 51: Takhari Carr scored 17 points for the Dons, who received a game-winning basket from Franklyn Chamber.

Paramount 67, Warren 54: Spencer Ezewiro finished with 35 points and 16 rebounds for Paramount.

Mater Dei 78, Servite 39: Zack Davidson finished with 15 points for 22-2 Mater Dei, which is 7-0 in the Trinity League.


St. Bernard 53, Gardena Serra 49: Jason Hart Jr. had 19 points for St. Bernard, which is 4-1 in the Del Rey League.

Tesoro 61, San Clemente 59: Tesoro clinched the South Coast League championship with an overtime victory. Jake Bennett scored 14 points and Carson Brown had the game-winning basket with nine seconds left.

Boys’ soccer

El Camino Real 1, Cleveland 0: Daniel Zepeda scored the goal to help the Royals improve to 6-0 in the West Valley League.

Mira Costa 2, Palos Verdes 1: The No. 1-ranked Mustangs clinched a league championship behind Mateo Cervantes, who scored both goals.