SANTA ANA -- There's something about Jordan Adams lately. She has spent the entire season banged up and it seems as if she hasn't been healthy since she was a freshman.
But Adams, one of the top seniors in the nation, has come on in the playoffs like the leader she is. She scored 23 points, had nine assists and four blocked shots on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Southern California Regional Championships, lifting top-seeded Mater Dei to a 69-59 victory over fifth-seeded Fontana Summit.
The victory on Mater Dei's home floor sends the Monarchs to the SoCal Regional Finals on Saturday, 6 p.m., at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario against third-seeded Long Beach Poly, a 64-50 winner over second-seeded Brea Olinda. Mater Dei (32-3) is two wins from winning its third consecutive state title.
Adams, the USC-bound point guard who had a big game in the second round -- an 80-52 victory over Huntington Beach -- also had six rebounds.
Adams wasn't the only Monarch who filled the basket. UCLA-bound Nirra Fields scored 25 points, had eight rebounds and five steals. Khalia Lark added 12 points.
Summit (30-4) scored the the first six points of the game as Ashley Weissmann connected on consecutive three-point baskets, but Mater Dei led after the firset quarter, 21-19, and at halftime, 36-30.
The Monarchs opened the lead to 33-22 in the third quarter but Summit cut its deficit to one point. Still, Mater Dei led by 16 in the fourth quarter.
Jillian Alleyne led Summit with 18 points. Wiessmann had 12 and Ajaee Foster 14.