Los Angeles Preps: Cynthia Hernandez

LA North and LA South: St. Bernard 60, Santa Clara 45

March, 19, 2011

ONTARIO -- The St. Bernard girls' basketball team exacted its revenge bowling over Santa Clara, 60-45, in the championship game of the Division V CIF Southern California Regional at Colony High School on Saturday.

St. Bernard outscored Santa Clara, 21-12, in the fourth quarter and opened up a 16-point lead, its biggest of the game.

Playing in foul trouble for most of the second half, Lajauna Drummer scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds for St. Bernard. Her teammate Kacy Swain scored a game-high 15 points.

St. Bernard lost to Santa Clara, 52-49, in the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA championship game two weeks ago at the Anaheim Convention Center.

St. Bernard will play for the Division V state championship in Sacramento next weekend. It will be St. Bernard’s seventh trip to the state championship game but its first since 2002.

“This is my first one,” said second-year St. Bernard coach Bo Corona. “We got over that hump finally.”

The Southern California Regional final was much more physical than the Southern Section championship game between the two teams. There were three technical fouls issued in the regional final. Santa Clara went to the free-throw line 35 times. Chanel Smith fouled out of the game.

Cynthia Hernandez scored a team-high 14 points for Santa Clara. She was 4-for-12 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line.

St. Bernard made 34 trips to the free-throw line. Neither team shot its free throws well. St. Bernard made only 18-of-34. Santa Clara was 19-of-35 from the line.

“The officials weren’t going to let much go today,” Corona said.
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.