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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.
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.
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.
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.
Windward quarterback Connor Simpson and cornerback Drew Bryant will play at Division III school next year.
Simpson will head to Case Western University in Cleveland and had 1,800 yards passing along with 19 touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Amherst College is the destination for Bryant.
It was a long road trip for Windward but Daniel Green made it worthwhile when he scored the only of the game in a 1-0 upset victory over San Luis Obispo on Thursday in the first round of the Division V playoffs.
Below is the scores from the first round of the boys basketball playoffs from yesterday.
Yorba Linda 63, (6) Beverly Hills 58 (OT)
(3) Mission Prep 82, Milken Community 58
(7) Pacific Hills 65, La Salle 48
(3) Windward 100, California Military 51
(6) Crossroads 63, Sage Hill 44
(7) Brentwood 81, CAMS 25
(10) St. Monica 75, Crean Lutheran 49
Third-seeded Windward broke the triple digit barrier for the first time all season and had little trouble dispatching California Military in a 100-51 victory in the first round of the Division IV-A playoffs.
Windward athletic director Steve Smith was named the new boys’ basketball head coach for the 2014-15 season the school announced in a statement yesterday.
Miguel Villegas will continue to lead the team for the remainder of
Smith served as girls’ basketball for 13 seasons were he led the Wildcats to a CIF State Division IV title in 2011 and two sectional titles before leaving that position two years ago.
This season, he served as an assistant coach on Villegas staff.
Roy Hemsley had another double-double and four other Windward players scored in double figures to help the Wildcats beat Viewpoint 78-68, on Wednesday night and keep pace with first-place Sierra Canyon in the Alpha League.
Windward struggled throughout as Viewpoint was able to keep pace which the second-place team and keep the score manageable at halftime, 35-22.
“We didn’t play very well,” Windward head coach Miguel Villegas said. “We weren’t doing [anything wrong], they were playing better than us.”
Windward got a scare when Viewpoint (12-11, 1-7 Alpha League) was able to close the lead to 51-47 with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter.
Then the Wildcats finally woke up and started out-rebounding their opponent by using their massive height advantage.
Windward lineman Roy Hemsley has received on a offer from USC, his first from a PAC-12 school.
The 6-7, 275-pound junior helped lead the Wildcats to a 7-3 record last year including upsets of LA City Section schools Hamilton and Jordan.
He picked up an offer from San Diego State as a sophomore during his first season of playing organized football.
Hemsley was named to the LA Sports Journal’s All-Westside Football Team earlier this year.
Two players ejected, multiple technical fouls called and an unexpected performance by a freshman.
What more can you ask for in a rivalry?
Brentwood and Windward took their private school battles to another level Thursday night, after a second half skirmish almost cost the home team the victory.
Luckily for the Wildcats, they were able to hang on to their large lead and hold off the surging Eagles for a 66-62 victory and sweep the season series.
Windward had a 17-point lead at the end of the end of the third quarter, but the game did not become a battle until five minutes left in the fourth quarter when Windward’s Breland Brandt and Brentwood’s Tra Holder went for a loose ball.
Brandt and Holder collided causing a mini skirmish with both teams confronting each other on the court and coaches having to leave their bench to gather their players.
Windward point guard Jordin Canada has been selected to the McDonald’s All-American basketball team it was announced today.
The senior helped lead the Wildcats to the CIF State Open Division title game last year and has signed to play at UCLA next season.
Canada was overwhelmed by the news.
“It feels great and I’m so honored to be apart of a the great history [of] the McDonald’s All-American Game,” said Canada. “I thank God for the opportunity and I wouldn’t have made it without my teammates.”
Canada will play on the west squad with the game taking place on April 3rd at the United Center in Chicago.