Trent Perry provides lift to help Harvard-Westlake rally for basketball victory

Trent Perry of Harvard-Westlake made a key shot to help defeat Santa Maria St. Joseph.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Trent Perry is a star in the making. Every time he makes a shot, the sophomore guard from Harvard-Westlake reacts as if he’s on a TV show and wants applause.

“I love to be verbal. I love to smile,” he said.

He embraces pressure, so when he made a layup with 17 seconds left Wednesday to give the Wolverines a four-point cushion against Santa Maria St. Joseph, he was thriving in his environment.

“I do,” he said when asked if he likes pressure. “You have to absorb all the pressure and lead your team.”

The No. 2-seeded Wolverines (25-3) were able to overcome a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat St. Joseph 63-55 to advance to the Southern California Open Division semifinals at home on Saturday against Sierra Canyon. Cameron Thrower finished with 23 points, Brady Dunlap had 13 points and Jacob Huggins added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Perry had 12 points.


St. Joseph showed off one of the best freshman players anywhere in 6-foot-6 Tounde Yessoufou, who came to live with a host family in June from a small town in Benin. He scored 29 points and had 13 rebounds.

Harvard-Westlake trailed 28-20 at halftime and had to overcome foul trouble to Landon Lewis, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter with zero points.

Bishop Montgomery 58, Mater Dei 53: Xavier Edmonds scored 22 points to help Bishop Montgomery advance to a semifinal game against top-seeded Corona Centennial on Saturday. Tee Bartlett led Mater Dei with 22 points.

Sierra Canyon 80, St. Augustine 74: Amari Bailey scored 22 points and Isaiah Elohim added 16 points for Sierra Canyon.

Girls’ basketball

Sierra Canyon 94, Cathedral Catholic 50: Juju Watkins had 37 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Trailblazers in an Open Division game.

La Jolla Country Day 53, Mater Dei 45: The Monarchs were beaten despite a strong effort on the road. Solei Montrose finished with 15 points. Sierra Canyon will play at Country Day on Saturday.

Corona Centennial 62, Mission Hills 51: Londynn Jones had 17 points for Centennial.


Harvard-Westlake 3, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 3: Jack Gurevitch had a two-run home run in the first inning for Notre Dame in a game that was halted after eight innings because of darkness. Notre Dame tied the score in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from Madden Ocko. Bryce Rainer had two hits for Harvard-Westlake.


Chaminade 5, St. Francis 1: Christian Brewster struck out 11 for the Eagles.

Bishop Alemany 6, Crespi 5: Jarrett Segura had three hits for Alemany.

King 11, North 1: Eric Aguayo went three for three and Masen Swan struck out seven in five innings.

Tustin 2, Laguna Beach 1: Tyler Sandhu struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings.

Villa Park 9, Esperanza 8: Gavin Grahovac finished with three hits for Villa Park.

Roosevelt 5, Narbonne 1: Roosevelt prevailed in a battle of City Section teams.

St. John Bosco 6, San Juan Hills 3: Niko Riera had two hits and two RBIs for the Braves.

El Dorado 2, Brea Olinda 0: Nathan Huy threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings.