Category Archives: CIF SS High Schools
Windward came in with the confidence but walked away with a loss, after all too familiar first half struggle.
The Wildcats shot a woeful 31% in the first 16 minutes and it was too much to overcome, in their 71-67 loss to Village Christian in the Division IV-A championship game at Godinez High School in Santa Ana on Saturday.
Like usual, the Wildcats got out to a slow start as they trailed by 11 points at the end of the first quarter. However, this time Windward was unable to rally back for a dramatic victory as they had done throughout the playoffs.
In the last eight minutes of the game, seniors Drew Cabral and Kennedy Martin used their size to their advantage, and switched the momentum in their favor after being sped up for most of the afternoon.
The two finished with 18 points each and helped Brentwood win the Division IV-A championship on Saturday, defeating Fairmont Prep 62-56 at Godinez High School in Santa Ana
Martin tossed in two of her nine fourth quarter points on a lay-up with 1:04 remaining in the game that gave the Eagles a 58-56 lead. After Fairmont Prep missed on a three-point attempt, Cabral put the game out of reach with four made free-throws.
It might have been as close to a perfect half of basketball that a team could play when Windward took a stunning 23-point lead against the best team in the country in the CIF-SS Open Division Final.
The Wildcats showed they were more than the Jordin Canada and Kristen Simon show as freshman Chelsea Gipson and senior Macchi Smith contributed major points in the Windward’s 61-46 victory over Mater Dei at Azusa Pacific University on Friday.
Gipson scored 15 points as she had a hot hand and put Windward in the driver’s seat early in the first quarter.
The freshman said she had nerves before the game but were calmed after making her first couple of shots.
Santa Monica’s Lily Jones made history when she scored the school’s first goal in girls’ lacrosse on Thursday.
The freshman goal in the second half was quickly followed by teammate Kara Blum score but it was not enough as the Vikings lost the home match to Woodland Hills Louisville 7-2.
It took a day later than expected but Culver City’s girls’ basketball team has an opponent for the 2AA title as Mira Costa defeated Redondo 40-33, Wednesday night.
The game between the two South Bay teams was originally schedule for Tuesday but was moved the following night as the Redondo hosted an Boys’ Basketball Open Division Semifinals.
Culver City beat Norco on Tuesday to advance to the championship game which will be held at Godinez High School in Santa Ana. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
It is a surprise for both team to be playing for a CIF title based on their seeding. Culver City is the seeded seventh while Mira Costa is the eighth-seed.
Anderson was an All-Ocean League first-team selection as a junior before transferring to Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston.
She was the second-leading scorer at Dulles averaging 8.1 points this season for a team that scored less than 35 points per game.
During her junior year at Beverly Hills, Anderson led the Normans with 18 points per game.
Pepperdine has also shown interest and asked Anderson to come on campus as a preferred walk-on for the 2014-15 school year.
Culver City will have a second chance at a CIF title as they went on the road to beat No. 3 seed Norco 68-55 in the Division 2AA semifinals on Tuesday.
Kelsey Ueda had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Centuars while Michelle Curry finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
The Centaurs had the advantage throught the entire game as they held a narrow lead at the end of each quarter, including being up 26-21 at halftime.
Windward’s Breland Brandt is quickly becoming one of the most sought after high school athletes on the westside.
The 6-foot-five, 190-pound sophomore lineman made his presence known on the football field this year with 63 tackles along with 10.5 sacks and colleges have taken notice. Brandt has already taken an unofficial visit to Westwood and received offers from UCLA and fellow PAC-12 schools Colorado.
In their last two meetings, Windward needed last second heroics to gets past Long Beach Poly. Jordin Canada made sure they would not happen again.
The McDonald’s All-American scored 11 of on her 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead Windward to the Southern Section Open Division championship game in a 62-49 victory over Long Beach Poly on Saturday night.
That put a smile on Windward head coach Vanessa Nygaard’s face.
Wonder Smith scored 10 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and helped the Wildcats reach the championship game, after defeating Price 68-54 in the Division 4A playoffs on Friday night.
They have defeated the Knights twice now, beating them earlier in the season 64-62 at the University tournament.
The team took advantage of an anemic Price offense holding them to four points midway through the fourth quarter, and started expanding their lead to 55-46 with two minutes remaining.
Six westside girls’ basketball teams are still alive in the playoffs with five having a change to earn a spot in a sectional final.
Fairfax, lead by junior Marguerite Effa, is looking to get back to the LA City Division I title game for the third straight year. Palisades will have to get past two-time city champs Narbonne for the other spot.
Westchester is hoping to upset No. 1 seed Roosevelt and return to the Division II finals, while University will be looking to do the same against Bell.
In the Southern Section, top-seed Brentwood travel to Cantwell-Sacred Heart in the IV-A semifinals and Culver City host Foothill in the II-AA quarterfinals.
Below are the today’s games and times.
Girls Basketball: Windward shakes off the rust; sets up a rematch with LB Poly in the Open Division Semis
After last season’s loss to Bishop O’ Dowd in the CIF state championship game, Windward was ready to begin their new quest to get back to Sacramento.
They have been preparing for this opportunity all season and Wednesday night got them a step closer to their goal, defeating Canyon Springs 52-42 in the Open Division quarterfinals.
The Wildcats started the game on an 8-2 run and took a 13-11 lead heading into the second quarter. The game kept close until halftime with Windward leading 22-19.
Three Culver City players finished in double figures as Centuars advanced to the Division II-AA quarterfinals in a 58-36 victory over Eisenhower on Wednesday.
Katie Lin had a team-high 13 points for Culver City (26-4). Michelle Curry had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Kelsey Ueda also finished with 12 points.
After upsetting seventh-seeded Westminster in the first round of the playoffs, Culver City was trying to capitalize with another shocker that would have qualified them for a spot in the state tournament.
But instead, they could not overcome some costly mistakes that led to a 76-68 defeat to Westlake, Tuesday night in the Division II-AA playoffs.
Centaurs head coach Adam Eskridge has not made it past the second round of the playoffs in the nine years he has been coaching staff at the school. He will have to wait another year to find out.
Tra Holder had a chance to extend Brentwood season and send their game into overtime against Price.
However, the senior rushed his three-point shot in the finals seconds that missed everything in a 66-61 loss in the the Division IV-A quarterfinals.
Price’s Roderick Williams made two key free throws to give the Knights a three-point lead with six seconds remaining before Holder’s last shot.