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Revenge tasted sweet for the University girls’ basketball team on Saturday.
The Wildcats overcame a previous loss to Bell and advanced to the LA City Division II title game with a 64-52 victory at Marquez High School in Huntington Park.
Junior Precious Nwaba had 29 points and Lizeth Hernandez added 14 points for University (18-13).
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.
Advancing to the city semifinals is starting to become a regular habit for University’s girls’ basketball team as they defeated Monroe 49-37, Tuesday night in the Division II playoffs.
University made it to the Division I semifinals last season before losing to league-rival Fairfax and won the Division III title in 2012.
Precious Nwaba scored a game-high 18 points for the Wildcats and Lizeth Hernandez added 14 points.
Boys Basketball: University unable to hold fourth quarter lead; knocked out of the playoffs by Washington Prep
University could not hold a fourth quarter lead against Washington Prep and lost 56-53 in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
The Wildcats had a five-point advantage to at the end of the third quarter.
University had three seniors finish in double figures in the final game of their high school career.
University’s junior guard Lizeth Hernandez discusses her 26-point performance in a playoff win over Bravo and what it took for coach Ronald Cass, a notorious screamer during games, to be left speechless.
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
University may have only beaten Westchester once in their three meetings this year, but their victory earlier this week put them ahead of the Comets in the Western League standings and earn the Wildcats the third seed in the Division II playoffs.
University will host Bravo Medical Magnet on Thursday.
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:
Having already won the Western League title and virtually locked up the top seed in the City Division I playoffs, it is a challenge for Westchester to find motivation in the final week of the regular season.
That is why head coach was not too happy about his team’s performance in a 63-51 win over University on Wednesday night.
The Comets had a comfortable 52-37 lead over the Wildcats at the end of the third quarter, and looked to be cruising to another easy victory, before Azzam noticed that his team was not giving much effort or any for that matter in the fourth quarter.
“There was no effort defensively and offensively there was no semblance of order,” Azzam said. “I don’t even know what to say, I’m frustrated with them.”
Even though three players scored in double figures for Westchester (24-5, 11-0 Western League), including Elijah Stewart who led the team with 28 points and nine rebounds, Azzam stressed that his team needs to play better defense and be in sync offensively.
After a sluggish start and trailing by two at halftime, University quickly turn things around with a second half surge in an important 67-55 Western League victory over Westchester on Wednesday.
Precious Nwaba had 38 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter alone. It was impressive feat considering Westchester’s defensive focused entirely on her.
“Had to play hard; knew our team had to win,” said Nwaba. “They were playing a box-and-one [defense], so I had to find a way to get the ball and I did.” said Nwaba.
University has leaned on Precious Nwaba throughout the entire season but rarely does a single player outscore an entire team.
That happened on Monday as the junior scored 47 points and her first-ever triple-double of her career in a 79-39 victory.
Nwaba also had 13 rebounds and 11 steals.
It was a big change the last time they faced the Yankees as Nwaba had only 12 points as early foul trouble limited her time on the court.
Venice guard Jason Ball had 35 points. Dewan Thompson made five three-point baskets on his way to 29 points.
However, none of that firepower could help the Gondoliers overcome University in the Wildcats 95-85 victory.
Tre Weston was among a trio of University (17-9, 5-3 Western League) players that scored more than 20 points with 10 plus rebounds in the game.
The senior finished with 26 points and 27 rebounds.
Precious Nwaba had 38 points for University has the Wildcats snapped their three-game losing streak with a 67-50 road victory over Venice.
The junior shot 67% from the field, made 15 free throws and had 14 rebounds in the game.
Lizette Lopez and Lizeth Hernandez each added eight points for the Wildcats.
University (13-11, 4-4 Western League) struggled in their last three games with surprising loses to Westchester and LACES.
Fairfax used their height advantage and a quick start in a 72-44 victory over University and claimed sole possession of third place in the Western League.
Olisaemeka Nwachie led the Lions with 18 points as they jumped out to a 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
CJ Sinada had another good shooting night for University (15-9, 3-3 Western League) with 22 points off of five three-pointers.
Fairfax continue its perfect run in Western League play with a 63-48 road victory over University on Wednesday.
Junior Marguerite Effa had another dominating night with 25 points and eight rebounds, but it was the surprising performance from Karina Moreno that help led the Lions to victory.
The senior point guard had 16 points and made 50% of her shots from the field.
Ilianna Blanc added 12 points for Fairfax (18-6, 6-0 Western League).
Fairfax will next face Palisades on Friday in a battle of the two top teams in the LA City Section.
The Lions have twice defeated the Dolphins this season, a 37-33 victory in the Central Valley Showdown in December and in the conference opener earlier this month.