Serra High’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams continue to be on the route to a CIF-Southern Section Division IVAA and California State Division IV sweep after each advanced to this week’s finals at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.
Last Friday at Price Christian High in South Los Angeles, the Cavalier boys avenged their earlier controversial non-league loss to the Knights with a 70-63 victory.
A day later at Serra, the Lady Cavaliers used a quick start to bring down Burbank Bellermine-Jefferson High, 71-54.
Serra’s girls will face last year’s state Division IV champion Mar Vista Windward for the crown Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. The Wildcats are the top seed and are coming off a key 59-52 victory over the Lady Cavaliers’ Del Rey League rival Playa del Rey St. Bernard in their semifinals last Friday at Windward.
The Cavalier boys will take on No. 2 seed La Verne Lutheran at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.
In the boys game, Serra avenged its 49-47 loss to Price in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Challenge Classic at Los Angeles Center of Enriched Studies (LACES) that saw its potential game tying basket nullified by the officials because they claim it came right after the buzzer sounded. Cavalier team members, their coaches and fans felt it beat the buzzer.
Dakari Tucker dominated the Knights with a game-high 33 points, including key baskets and free throws down the stretch that carried Serra, which improved to 28-2 and is the playoffs’ top seed. Included was a three-pointer that broke a 61-61 tie and gave the Cavaliers the lead for good with 1:33 left in the game.
Kajon Mack added 10 points and Daddy Ugbede contributed eight points and 12 rebounds.
Serra’s girls are in the CIF final and seeking their third consecutive Southern Section crown after they surged out to a 44-22 halftime bulge against the Guards.
The Cavaliers used their outstanding depth. They had only six players score, but five were in double figures, led by Rejane Verin who had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Cailia Hailey put in 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Deandre Toler tallied 13 points and four assists and Jasmine Joseph chipped in 10 points. Nicole Collins pulled down 10 rebounds and scored five points.
When Serra (27-3) faces Windward, it will have to go up against permiere 6-foot-7 senior center Imani Stafford, who is already headed to University of Texas in the fall.
South Torrance High’s boys, an at-large team from the Pioneer League, proved to be the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIAA’s Cinderella team as it is going to the finals for the first time since 1993 after a drastic come-from-behind 46-42 win over host and No. 2 seed Yorba Linda last Friday.
The Spartans were trailing, 39-25, with just 5:31 left in the game before exploding for a 21-3 run to pull the game out and receive a ticket to their date with top seeded Calabasas, a 67-48 winner over host Torrance in their semfinal on Friday, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Arena.
South was led by junior guard Gibrani Sewani with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Rolling Hills Prep from San Pedro will be headed to the Division VA girls final after crushing AGBU from Canoga Park, 71-24, in their semifinal last Saturday at Rolling Hills Prep.
Mar Jana Phillips led the Huskies with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Peyton Langston contributed 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, while Brigette Adams had 15 points and four assists. Beverly Ntagu tallied 10 points and seven rebounds for the top seed.
Rolling Hills Prep (17-4) will face No. 3 seed Avalon from Catalina Island at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Narbonne’s girls romped its way to the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I championship game by way of a 72-34 rout of Marine League rival Carson last Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.
The Lady Gauchos will take on Fairfax for the title Saturday at 6 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Leading 30-15 at halftime, Narbonne completely finished off the Colts, outscoring them, 25-8, to extend its lead to 55-23.
The Gauchos were led by Kim Pickett with a game-high 23 points, 15 in the third period. Tori Breshers totaled 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Two more prep teams will decide their fate whether they advance to the Southern Section final tonight in their Southern Section semifinal contests.
Inglewood High’s boys’ basketball team advanced to tonight’s Southern Section Division IIAA semifinal at home against Thousand Oaks after topping host Cajon, 60-55, last Friday in San Bernardino.
Nick Smiley sparked the Sentinels with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Randy Onwuassor added 16 points and seven assists and Kris Randall chipped in 11 points.
If the Sentinels win, they advance to the final for the second straight season at the Anaheim Convention Arena. Date and time is to be determined.
Thousand Oaks, which only tied for third place in the Marmonte League, is having a good run that included an impressive 82-65 second round home win over top seed Huntington Beach Ocean View on Feb. 21.
Culver City High’s girls basketball team, which won the Ocean League, is in the semifinals at Norco High after downing third seeded Camarillo, 71-59, in its Southern Section Division IIA quarterfinal last Saturday at Culver.
The Lady Centaurs were led by Kristen Mitchell with 21 points and point guard Taylor Tanita with 18 points and eight assists.
Norco is coming off a 61-57 upset win over host and No. 2 seed Perris last Saturday.
If Culver wins, it will play for the championship at the Anaheim Convention Arena this week.
Top seed is Santa Ana Foothill.
Suffering a CIF-L.A. City Section Division I boys’ basketball semifinal loss was Westchester, which fell to Dorsey, 62-59, after starting off with a 20-3 first quarter lead, last Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Bay League champion Lawndale Leuzinger failed to hold on to a 14-point third quarter lead in its 70-66 home Southern Section Division IIA quarterfinal loss to Elsinore last Friday.
The Olympians were led by Deandre Drain with 17 points and Eric Childress with 15.
E.J. Twyman of the Tigers led all scorers with 27 points.