There are no big upsets yet in any of the state’s section playoffs, but that could change by this weekend. This week’s biggest noise in the rankings comes from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, which rolled in its league final against state-ranked St. Ignatius and had to jump into the top 15.
The Cal-Hi Sports caravan was at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills last Saturday for the West Catholic Athletic League playoff championships.
The Archbishop Mitty girls opened up the evening’s sweep by the San Jose school of both the girls and boys playoff titles with a convincing 63-47 victory over St. Ignatius of San Francisco.
In winning, coach Sue Phillips’ charges left no doubt as to who is the top team in the CIF Central Coast Section. The impressive win also enabled Mitty to jump up to No. 14 in this week’s overall state top 20.
Mitty trailed 10-7 early before going on a 17-2 run to take control. The lead got to 19 points on two occasions, and SI was never able to get closer than 13 points after trailing 52-33 early in the fourth quarter.
Monarchs’ sophomore Kelli Hayes led the way with 15 points. Senior guard Vanessa Garner had 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three assists. She was instrumental in taking control early and igniting the run.
Pepperdine-bound 6-foot-3 senior Amanda Lovely had a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Emily Dinger scored 11 points with three 3-pointers, including two during the 17-2 run.
“After the loss to SI and especially this week in practice we really turned it on,” said Lovely on a post-game live video feed.
The victory was the third straight playoff title and fifth overall for the Monarchs since the league adopted girls playoffs 10 years ago.
(Through games played on Saturday, Feb. 18)
(Last week’s ranking in parentheses)
1. (1) Windward (Los Angeles) 25-3
To say the girls flexed their muscles in the first week of the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs would be an understatement. First, the Wildcats smothered Nipomo 98-14 in the opening round. Then, in what was a display of total firepower, they posted a 115-46 blasting of Workman (City of Industry). The point total is the equivalent of 173-points in an NBA-length game. Nationally-rated sophomores Kristen Simon and Jordin Canada had double-doubles against Workman. Simon had 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Canada had 21 points and 10 assists with six rebounds and five steals. Texas-bound 6-foot-7 Imani Stafford also had a double-double 20 points and 13 rebounds with five blocks. Coach Steve Smith’s girls will ride a nine-game winning streak into a quarterfinal game with visiting JSerra of San Juan Capistrano.
2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 24-3
Coach Kevin Kiernan's CIFSS Division 1AA second-seeded Monarchs played wild card winner Riverside M.L. King and handled them easily in a 76-47 victory. UCLA-bound Nirra Fields had 31 points and Washington State-bound Alexas Williamson added 21 points. Next up is Temecula Chaparral, a 44-41 winner over Irvine Woodbridge.
3. (3) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 25-1
Kelsey Plum dropped in 25 points and last week’s State Athlete of the Week, Maya Hood (20 points, 11 rebounds, five steals), recorded her ninth double-double in a 64-44 win over arch-rival crosstown Bishop’s that sews up another perfect Coastal-South League season. The 11 rebounds also gets Hood over the 1,000 career mark. The victory was the 14th straight win and 23rd consecutive home victory. The top seed in the CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoffs received a first-round bye. The Torreys open Saturday against the Calipatria at Christian (El Cajon) winner.
4. (4) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 26-2
The CIFSS Division 1AA top seed beat wild card winner Valencia 63-26. In its first postseason game. Justyce Dawson led three girls in double-figure scoring with 14 points. Arica Carter posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 steals, and Olivia Montgomery had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Jackrabbits now host Silverado of Victorville on Wednesday night.
5. (5) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 24-3
It was senior night for the Rams last week and everyone got into the act in a 94-20 triumph over Tokay of Lodi. Seniors honored were Regina Camera, Jessie Viss, Lauren Fisher, Katie Smith and Amanda Berramenda. Camera is the only one of the five who is a starter. St. Mary’s should be in the second-round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs by the weekend.
6. (5) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 23-3
The CIF North Coast Section Division III top-seeded Dragons rebounded from the loss to St. Mary’s of Stockton two weeks ago and move into the playoffs after 68-25 and 66-32 victories over Hayward Mt. Eden and Hayward, respectively. Against Hayward, all three bigs hit double-figure scoring. K.C. Waters, a 6-foot-2 junior power forward, led the way with 12 points, while the 6-foot-4 duo of Oderah Chidom and Brianna Brown had 11 points apiece. O’Dowd received a first-round bye and will play Friday against the Hercules at Sonoma Valley of Sonoma winner.
7. (7) Santiago (Corona) 28-0
The Sharks made sure their first loss of the season wouldn't come in their first playoff game as they picked up a 60-47 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Chrishae Rowe led the offense with 24 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds. Monique Billings also recorded a double-double as she scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. In the second-round of the CIFSS Div. IAA playoffs on Wednesday, they will face Wilson of Long Beach.
8. (8) Summit (Fontana) 22-3
With a defense that has now held the opponents to just 13.6 points per game in their last five outings, the Skyhawks are headed to the second-round of the CIFSS Division 1A playoffs after a 55-19 win over Mission Viejo. For their second-round game, they will go on the road and take on Pacifica of Oxnard. With a win, the six-time defending Sunkist League champions and No. 1-seeded Skyhawks would then face either Katella of Anaheim or Downey in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
9. (9) Berkeley 21-2
The top seed in the NCS D1 playoffs rolled last week with easy wins over Hercules and El Cerrito that wrapped up a perfect Alameda Contra Costa League season. Coach Cheryl Draper’s Yellowjackets drew a first-round bye and open the playoffs on Friday night against the winner of the Livermore Granada versus Foothill of Pleasanton contest.
10. (10) Lynwood 21-4
The No. 5 seed in the CIFSS Division 2AA playoffs opened with a running clock 68-24 win over Fullerton Sunny Hills. T’keya Mason led the way with 17 points, and 6-foot-2 junior Amber Blockmon had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Next up is a Wednesday night matchup with University of Irvine.
11. (11) Edison (Huntington Beach) 22-3
The Chargers played without either Karlie or Katie Lou Samuelson, both of whom are fighting mononucleosis, but still rolled in a 74-44 victory over Quartz Hill. In their absence, senior Monay Lee stepped up with a game-high 25 points, junior Geena Gomez added 23 and senior Rilee Horton chipped in with 17 points. Up next for the CIFSS Div. 1AA fourth seed is a home matchup with Cajon of San Bernardino, a 71-65 winner on the road at Warren of Downey, and its dynamic duo of senior Sophie Bhasin and junior Dejaunee Brooks.
12. (12) Brea Olinda (Brea) 20-5
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo recruit Taylor Spears tossed in 22 points as the Ladycats beat Arcadia 89-21 in the CIFSS Div. I-AA playoffs. With the win, Brea Olinda advanced to this week’s second-round against Lutheran of Orange. The Ladycats took control early, outscoring the Apaches 31-6 in the opening quarter.
13. (13) Carondelet (Concord) 23-3
The NCS Division II top-seeded Cougars closed out a perfect 14-0 East Bay Athletic League season with a 70-58 victory over Pleasanton Foothill and an easy win over California of San Ramon. Notre Dame-bound Hannah Huffman had a season-high 34 points in the Foothill win and is warming up at exactly the right time. Sophomore Natalie Romeo added 16 points. Coach Margaret Gartner and the girls received a bye and await the Hayward at Walnut Creek Northgate first-round winner.
14. (NR) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 21-5
Just like many of coach Sue Phillips’ past teams, including some of her four state championship teams, this year’s Monarch squad is coming together at playoff time after a shaky start to begin the season. The CIF Central Coast Section Division II top seed has a double bye and will see its first section playoff action starting Saturday.
15. (14) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 23-4
There was thought to dropping the Wildcats even further due to the lopsidedness of the Mitty loss, but the reality is coach Mike Mulkerrins’ girls only losses are in Orange County to a Canyon of Anaheim team that’s had a great season; another to Berkeley, and twice to a Mitty team they also beat. Plus, the ranking will take care of itself on the floor since St. Ignatius will most likely have to meet Mitty again in the CCS D2 playoffs if the No. 2 seed makes it to the finals against the top-ranked Monarchs. Another reason not to tumble the Wildcats even more is unlike some teams that played a weak first-round playoff opponent or had a lopsided league win or two last week, the Wildcats had a three-game week having beaten Belmont Notre Dame (52-30) and Mountain View St. Francis (59-28) to advance to the WCAL playoff title game.
16. (15) Mission Bay (San Diego) 20-6
The Buccaneers finished up a 12-0 Western League campaign with a 62-30 win over San Diego Scripps Ranch and a 90-12 trouncing on the road at cross-town Lincoln. Arizona-bound Keyahndra Cannon had a triple-double 17 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and 11 steals against Scripps Ranch, while coach Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood emptied the bench at Lincoln. Wiley-Gatewood’s girls snagged the CIFSDS D3 top seed and open with 6-17 San Diego Madison in a bracket that has four teams with losing records.
17. (16) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 22-4
Heading off to the CIF-SS Division 4AA quarterfinals go the Lions after wins last week against Santa Ynez and Duarte. Jumping out to a 31-9 lead after the first quarter, Oaks Christian opened the postseason with a 91-25 win over the Pirates as Beth Mounier was one of four in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Brianna Barrett also recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 13 steals and 15 assists. Mounier and Barrett each scored 16 points while Barrett also had 12 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists in a 59-47 win over the Falcons. On Wednesday, Lions face Serra of Gardena, which is 24-3. It could be one of the top games in the state this week.
18. (17) J.W. North (Riverside) 24-4
Pricilla Brooks scored a game-high 23 points and Simone Decoud added 14 points in a 78-32 win over Yucaipa that tipped off the Huskies’ run toward a possible CIFSS Division 2AA title. Brittany Crain also recorded a double-double as she scored 12 points and had 11 assists. On Wednesday, J.W. North faces Cypress and with a victory would then face Westminster or Thousand Oaks in the quarterfinals.
19. (18) Alemany (Mission Hills) 27-2
A 64-23 romp past South Pasadena advanced the Warriors to the second-round of the CIFSS Div. III-AA playoffs. Their inside strength of Adaora Obi (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Hannah Johsnon (eight points, 14 rebounds) was too much for the Tigers. Alemany, which is seeded second in its playoff division behind Yorba Linda, plays Irvine next at home.
20. (19) Etiwanda 22-3
The Eagles soared to a 78-36 win over Great Oak of Temecula in the opening-round of the CIFSS Division IAA playoffs. Jasmyn Reynolds and Cierra Miles each scored a team-high 11 points in the win. Brianna Johnson and Ashtyn Anderson each added eight points. The games will start to get tougher this week as Etiwanda faces Buena of Ventura and with a win would then likely face Long Beach Poly in the quarterfinals.
Dropped Out: Previous No. 20 Huntington Beach.
Note: The Beach won 76-41 over Dana Hills of Dana Point in the CIFSS Div. I-A playoffs but have to drop to No. 21 to make room for Mitty. The Oilers can be the first team back in if they win this week.
On the Bubble:
Canyon (Anaheim) 20-7; Chaminade (West Hills) 24-4; El Toro (Lake Forest) 24-2; Foothill (Santa Ana) 21-5; Hanford 21-4; Huntington Beach 21-4; Miramonte (Orinda) 26-0; Narbonne (Harbor City) 24-6; Rialto 24-1*; Sacramento 21-6; San Diego 23-5; Serra (Gardena) 24-3; St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 23-7; St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 22-6*; Stockdale (Bakersfield) 24-3.
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