Los Angeles Preps: Chyanne Butler

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.

LA North and LA South: Div. 5A Santa Clara 52, St. Bernard 49

March, 5, 2011

SANTA ANA -- With a little more than three minutes to play in the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA girls' basketball championship game, Santa Clara’s Cynthia Hernandez went down with a cramp in her leg.

For a moment, the hopes of a title for Oxnard Santa Clara seemed to go down with her.

Hernandez wasn’t out of the game very long and returned to make three free throws in the final minute to give Santa Clara a 52-49 win over top-seeded St. Bernard from Playa del Rey at Mater Dei High School on Saturday.

Hernandez was outplaying everyone on the court. She was the leader in scoring and rebounding. She helped her team build a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter. But when she had to leave the game because of leg cramps, her team was up only three points, 48-45, with 3:05 to play.

Hernandez was out less than a minute, stretching out a pulled calf muscle with a trainer on the sideline. But it was long enough for St. Bernard to take a one-point lead, 49-48, on a basket by Michelle Curry with 2:15 to play.

It would be the last points the Vikings would score.

Hernandez sank two free throws with 50.3 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter to give Santa Clara a one-point lead. Chyanne Butler fouled out trying to keep Hernandez from bringing the ball upcourt. Butler, the smallest player on the court at 5 feet 1, was St. Bernard’s leading scorer with 13 points.

Hernandez made one more free throw with 12 seconds left for a 52-49 edge. She finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. She also had four assists and three steals.

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