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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.
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.
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.
Sage Woodruff scored 30 points and helped the Fairfax cruise to an easy 92-60 win over Venice, and snapped their two-game losing streak.
The Lions (13-7, 3-2 Western League) wanted to get back to their winning ways after a loss to rival Westchester and then losing to Serra in the State Preview Classic on their home court last Saturday.
“Well this is basically a character game for us, because we lost two in a row, Woodruff said. “So we just wanted to come out and basically take it out on them.”
The Gondoliers opened the game hitting two straight three-pointers getting out to an 8-1 first quarter lead, and it looked like Venice (7-13, 2-3) would put up a fight.
However with Fairfax at full strength, the Lions took control and a 44-28 lead into halftime.
The biggest surprise in the City’s Division I playoff bracket was not that Venice failed in their bid to receive the number one seed, but who ended up with it, defending two-time champions Narbonne.
Even though Crenshaw was the top ranked team in the city according to MaxPreps and had the toughest schedule, two of the four main criteria used for seeding, it still was not enough for them to secure the number one seed.
“It is a judgmental decision, not an exact science. The Maxpreps rankings not the end all when it comes seeding. If that were the case there would be no need for a committee,” LA City Section Commissioner John Aguirre said. “If you are going to play tough teams, you have to beat them or be competitive.”
Venice High wide receiver Dewan Thompson caught, threw and ran for a touchdown on his 17th birthday in the Gondoliers 49-0 victory over Fairfax on November 1, 2013.
The senior had missed the last three games due to an ankle injury and talked about his performance.
It looked like Time Warner Cable was done televising Western League teams this year, but the westside will get at least one more regular season game on the tube as it was announced that Venice vs Fairfax contest on November 1st.
The game will be shown on tape delay on Time Warner Cable’s exclusive channel 101.
This will be the second game broadcast for both schools this year.
The scores for Friday, September 27th westside high school football games are below.
LA City Section:
Fairfax 34, Taft 33
Westchester 25, Hollywood 6
Palisades 27, Granada Hills 7
University 51, Gardena 33
The Venice at Dorsey football game on October 4th has been selected by Time Warner Cable as their high school game of the week, according to the LA Times’ Eric Sondheimer.
This will be the second game involving a Western League team that will be televised by the cable channel.
It had previously announced that the Fairfax at Roosevelt contest this Thursday would kickoff its coverage of high school sports.
To see the entire broadcast schedule click here.
Boys Basketball: Palisades beats Fairfax for the third time this season; move on the City semifinals
Who says that its tough to beat a team three times in a season.
That was the sentiment of Palisades High boys basketball team after they jumped out to an early lead on their 54-46 victory over Fairfax to advance to the LA City Division I semifinal.and qualified for a state playoff berth.
The Dolphins scored the opening eight points of the game and Fairfax burned through two timeouts in the first quarter in an effort to stop the an early 20-8 run.
“We got out in front of them early and that’s something we have not done. We were down by eight and 25 points in the first two games,” said Palisades head coach James Paleno.
Kurihara, Rehman, and Dakota Chambers led the the Dolphins with 11 points each as they never trailed in the game.
Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei
Mater Dei 63, Westchester 60
Fairfax 55, JSerra 52
P.A.W. Division IV Showcase at JSerra
Windward 59, JSerra 48
St. Bernard 56, La Jolla Country Day 48
La Salle 69, Notre Dame Academy 45
Fairfax High’s John’ea Thompson post-game interview with the LA Sports Journal’s Ed Gonzalez after the Lions 50-43 victory over University.
The senior had a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds to keep Fairfax in a three-way tie for first place in the Western League.
Boys Basketball: Fairfax vs University game postponed after a piece of the ceiling falls on the court
The Fairfax vs University boys basketball game was postponed on Friday due to safety concerns after a metal bracket fell from the ceiling.
The incident took place during the third quarter of the junior varsity when the object landed near mid-court, catching everyone in the gym by surprise.
“At first I thought it was a water bottle filled with ice,” said University head coach Steve Ackerman. “Then I noticed it was metal.”
Luckily no one was injured and the junior varsity game was called with five minutes left in the third.
A crew is working to fix the problem tonight and the Fairfax State Preview Classic is still scheduled to play tomorrow, according to a school official.
No date has been set for the rematch, but University did not play Venice after a power outage postponed their Western League game, two years ago.
Beverly Hills was playing without three of their key players and Culver City took advantage with hard-nosed defense in a 62-42 victory over their Ocean League rival.
Jessica Melamed, Dorsa Mehrannia, and Megan Yee all sat out due to injuries leaving a huge void as the trio accounted for nearly 26 of the of the Normans’ 61 points.
Without the ball handlers, Culver City’s full-court pressure poked, prodded and ultimately suffocated the Beverly Hills offense by grabbing 27 steals including turnovers on five consecutive possessions in the second quarter. That aggressive play spark a 22-3 run to turn a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead.
Jefferson jumped out to an early lead and led by as much as 13 points in the first half, but it was aggresive play in the third quarter that allowed Brentwood to rally for a 49-43 victory at the Public vs Private Showcase at St. Bernard.
The Eagles allowed only a single point in that quarter.
“It was not just our defensive play that got us back in the game,” said Brentwood head coach Charles Solomon. “We had eight offensive rebounds and were able to limit them to one shot.”