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Girls Basketball: Third time is the charm for Fairfax; beat Narbonne for first Division I title in school history
Turn out it was a hard foul by Narbonne on Fairfax’s star player Marguerite Effa in the third quarter that changed the momentum in the Lions 47-37 victory for the school’s first LA City Division I title at LA Southwest College on Saturday.
Effa took an elbow to the chest late in the third quarter and went to the ground in agony.
As the trainers rushed to the court, her teammates seemed determined to take revenge on the one placed that would hurt the most, the scoreboard.
Fairfax junior Marguerite Effa had 23 points for the Lions has they final got past Narbonne to win the schools first Division I city title in a 47-37 victory, Saturday Night at LA Southwest College
Fairfax’s leading scorer Marguertie Effa finished with 17 points but the Highlanders defense limited her ability to get offensive rebounds and easy shots by putting multiple bodies on her at all times.
The junior manage only three baskets in the entire game and Fairfax head coach Judi Edwards was not happy that her team allow Granada Hills’ defense to control the tempo of the contest.
“Our offense was not existent. We were trying to force everything inside, when Marguerite was being tripled-team,” said Edwards. “For the last few games, it has been three people on Marguerite and we kept trying to get the ball to her instead of trusting our other players.”
Fortunately for Fairfax, Effa was able to do her damage at the free throw line where she made 10-of-13 attempts.
Granada Hills trailed by seven points at halftime and cut the Fairfax advantage to three midway through the third quarter on a Natalie Gutierrez’s three-pointer.
Krystal Amato had a chance to tied it up on the Highlanders next possession but her shot from beyond the arc rattled around the rim before falling out.
Fairfax’s boys’ basketball team make its first visit to the LA City Division I semifinals in five years against El Camino Real with hopes of claiming a city championship. That has not happened for the Lions since 2007.
They will have to get by heavily favored Westchester who takes on Narbonne.
Hamilton, a fifth seed in Division III, will battle top-seed Huntington Park and will need a couple of upsets to repeat as city champions.
Games are times are below.
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.
Marguertie Effa had a dominating performance in Fairfax’s 67-29 victory over Washington Prep in the LA City Division I quarterfinals.
The junior finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds the game.
Fairfax led by 17 points at halftime and held Washington Prep to only three points in the third quarter to expand their lead to 53-19.
Top-seed Fairfax showed their dominance in a 89-4 victory over Maya Angelou in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
The Lions shutout the Wolves in the first half on their way to a 55-0 lead at the break.
Below is today first round girls basketball games involving westside teams. Seeding is in parenthesis. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated
LA City Section – Division I: (16) Maya Angelou at (1) Fairfax; (14) Taft at (3) Palisades; (10) Hamilton at (7) South Gate
Division II:(14) Bravo at (3) University; (13) Sotomayor at (4) Westchester; (5) Dorsey at (12) Venice
Girls Basketball: Fairfax earns the top seed in Division I; sets up possible final with No. 3 Palisades
A 14-game winning streak along with a 25-6 record and going undefeated in Western League play earned Fairfax the number one seed in the LA City Section Division I playoffs it was announced today.
The Lions will attempt to get over the hump as they lost the last two finals to No. 2 seed Narbonne.
Palisades is at the number three spot and if they can get be the Gauchos in the semifinals, could make the championship game an all Western League affair.
If that happened, the Dolphins would need to find a way to get past Fairfax. The Lions have won all three meetings this year, each one by an increasing margin.
The biggest surprise team on the westside this year is Hamilton, who earned the ten-seed after having only three wins last season.
First-round match ups are below:
There was little doubt that Westchester would be the top seed in the Division I playoffs when the LA City Section announced the playoff brackets today.
The Comets will host South East in the first round and could see a familiar foe in the second round as conference-rival Palisades earn the eight seed. The Dolphins will host San Pedro.
Fairfax, who finished second in the Western League, was given the nod over Marine League champion Narbonne for the third seed, and will host Birmingham.
University was seeded tenth and travels to Washington.
The first-round games are below:
Venice has had a tough time in the Western League this season, but nearly upset Fairfax 91-85 on Wednesday.
The game was tied late in the fourth quarter.
Venice’s Dewan Thompson had 28 points in the game for the Gondoliers.
Fairfax put away Venice early to claim the outright Western League title with a 65-22 victory over the Gondoliers, Wednesday night.
Marguerite Effa had a game-high in both points and rebounds for the Lions. The junior finished with 23 and 13 respectively.
Ilianna Blanc added 14 points, along with eight assists, seven rebounds, six steals, and three blocks.
The Lions led Venice by 21 points at the end of the first quarter.
Fairfax (24-6, 11-0) will attempt to remain undefeated in the Western League when they host University in their season finale on Friday.
Fairfax added a road game against Marine League power Carson in the second week of the 2014 season, according to offensive coordinator Juan Solorio.
The Colts replace Dorsey on the Lions schedule.
Fairfax was unable to defeat Dorsey the last three seasons, including a 25-23 loss to the Dons at home in 2013.
Fairfax finished second in the Western League with a 5-6 overall record last season, while advancing to the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
Carson was 7-6 and advanced to the Division I semifinals before losing to rival Narbonne.
Fairfax clinched a share of the Western League title and most likely the number one seed in the City Division I playoffs with a 69-42 victory over Westchester.
Marguerite Effa had a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds including making 15 0f 16 shots from the free throw line.
Yolanda Ealy and Karina Moreno both finished in double figures for Fairfax (23-6, 10-0 Western League). Ealy had 12 points and Morena added 10.
Fairfax continued to roll in the Western League as they won their tenth consecutive game in a 64-43 victory over Hamilton on Wednesday.
Both Ilianna Blanc and Marguerite Effa finished with double-doubles as the Lions had a 20-point halftime lead.
Blanc scored 17 points with 14 rebounds. Effa had a game-high 22 points and 14 rebound.
Point guard Karina Moreno added 12 points and a season-high eight assists.