Friday, March 18, 2011
LA North and LA South: Santa Clara vs. St. Bernard in Division V Southern California Regional final
By Tim Haddock
CIF Southern California Regional final
Girls Division V
Colony High School in Ontario
Santa Clara of Oxnard (28-6) vs. St. Bernard of Playa Del Rey (23-14), Saturday, 1 p.m.
Santa Clara and St. Bernard met in the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs at Mater Dei High School.
Santa Clara won a tight game, 52-49, and had to hold off a spirited comeback by St. Bernard in the fourth quarter. Cynthia Hernandez led Santa Clara with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Santa Clara has won 17 games in a row and the Saints have been particularly impressive in the Southern California Regional playoffs. They have won their three games in the regional by an average margin of 38.6 points. They opened the regional playoffs with a 62-9 win over Kings Christian from Lemoore.
St. Bernard has won nine of its last 10 games. The only setback was to Santa Clara in the Division 5AA championship. The Vikings are coming off a 66-55 win over View Park in the regional semifinals. Freshman point guard Chyanne Butler scored 35 points in her team's win over View Park.
The Vikings opened the Southern California Regional playoffs with an impressive 88-27 win over Tri-City Christian from Vista.
Key players: St. Bernard has three players averaging double figures in scoring. Lajahna Drummer leads the team with 17.3 points per game and 11.9 rebounds. Freshman point guard Butler is averaging 11.6 points and 3.6 assists. Senior center Kacy Swain, who's headed to UCLA in the fall, is averaging 11.3 points and is second on the team in rebounding at 10.3 per game.
Keiana Vines and Hernandez are the double threat for Santa Clara. Vines leads the team in scoring and rebounding. She is averaging 22.1 points and 12.4 rebounds. Hernandez is second on the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game and leads the team in assists at 3.6 per game. Senior forward Chanel Smith is averaging 7.5 points and 8.6 rebounds.