Girls advance in post-season play

by Randy Angel
Published February 21, 2008

With convincing opening-round wins, the highly-seeded girls basketball team from Mira Costa and Redondo continued their quests for a Division I-A champion last night facing the Sea View League’s second and third-place teams, respectively.

Redondo (23-1) took on Woodbridge (21-6) yesterday after thrashing Norwalk 82-21 behind Atonye Nyingifa’s 31 points and 15 rebounds. Ashley Mason added 17 points while the Sea Hawks hit five 3-pointers including two by Joylyn Ichiyama who finished with 11 points.
A Redondo win yesterday would have the Sea Hawks playing Saturday against the winner of the JW North (18-9)-Hart (18-9) game.

Mira Costa (22-5) played Huntington Beach (20-7) yesterday. The Mustangs began post-season action with an 80-56 victory over Canyon of Canyon Country. Mikah Maly-Karros scored a game-high 28 points while Megan Richardson tallied 17. Amanda Johnson added 12 points, including two 3-point scores, and Kerri Stephanoff contributed 11 points for the Mustangs.

If Mira Costa got by Huntington Beach, it will face the Mission Viejo (19-9)-Canyon Springs (20-5) winner on Saturday.

In Division I-AA, Bishop Montgomery advanced, traveling to face Long Beach Wilson. A victory by the Knights would have them taking on the winner between top-seeded Long Beach Poly (22-2) and J Serra (22-7).

Second-seeded South (19-6) earned an opening-round bye and defeated Savanna 64-36 before facing Windward (16-12) yesterday in the Division III-AA quarterfinals. A victory would have the Spartans playing Saturday against the winner between third-seeded Marlborough (18-9) and St. Paul (23-6).

Semifinal games will be played Tuesday. All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. stats. Updated playoff brackets for all winter sports are available at cifss.org.

Girls soccer
Coach Patty Perkinson’s Mira Costa squad refused to let a 2-1 halftime deficit rattle it, scoring three second-half goals to beat Foothill 4-2 in the opening round of the Division I playoffs.

The second-place Mustangs (15-2-6) were the lone team from the Bay League to make it out of the opening round and faced defending champion Mater Dei (11-9-4) yesterday. The victor plays in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 3 p.m. against the winner of the Ayala-Esperanza game.
In Division III, Chadwick (19-1-2) beat Culver City 3-1 and played Arroyo Grande (15-7-3) yesterday and Bishop Montgomery (10-5-2) defeated Palm Springs 3-1 and took on Santa Ynez (17-6-2) in the second round of the Division IV playoffs.

South (20-4-2) and Torrance (10-8-2) scored 1-0 victories to advance to yesterday’s Division V second round. The Spartans faced Campbell Hall (9-3-2) while Torrance took on Maranatha (9-6-3).

Semifinal matches will be held Tuesday. All games begin at 3 p.m.

Boys Basketball
Champion Peninsula was the lone Bay League representative and one of only four local teams to survive the opening of the CIF playoffs. Peninsula (16-12) defeated Esperanza 78-72 before losing to Canyon of Anaheim 79-48 in Division I-A action Tuesday.

Mira Costa (see related article on page 19) and Leuzinger (16-11) dropped their first-round contests, while Redondo (12-15) lost at Santa Barbara 61-53 and West (15-12) lost a heartbreaker to Edison 54-53 in wild-card games.

In Division I-AA, Pioneer League champion North (13-15) outscored Long Beach Poly 74-60 but fell to Capistrano Valley 64-50 on Tuesday.

In Division II-AA, Bishop Montgomery (21-6) beat Charter Oak, advancing to defeat Saugus 70-58 Tuesday. The Knights advance to face La Habra (22-8) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Serra (23-4) downed Diamond Ranch 66-57 Tuesday, advancing to take on Colony (21-9) tomorrow.

Semifinal contests will be held Tuesday. All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer
Bay League champion West (16-3-5) shutout San Marcos 4-0 and Villa Park 1-0, advancing to host fourth-seeded Foothill (16-4-5) today at 3 p.m. in the Division II quarterfinals.
Peninsula (12-6-5) defeated Hart 2-0 and El Toro 1-0 and hosts second-seeded Riverside Poly (20-2-3) today.

In Division II, Pioneer league champion North (14-6-1) lost to Channel Islands 3-0 in the second round, while South (18-5-1) lost to Jurupa. El Segundo (12-11-1) also fell, losing to Santa Monica 3-0 on Tuesday.

Semifinal action is scheduled for Tuesday. All games begin at 3 p.m.

Girls Water Polo
The local girls water polo teams sank in post-season action. Camilla Asaro and Sivan Pardon scored three goals each, but it wasn’t enough for Mira Costa (17-11) who fell to Tesoro 8-7 in the opening round of the Division II playoffs.

Redondo concluded its season with a 16-9 record after falling to Villa Park 18-5 in the first round and Bay League champion Palos Verdes (21-9) fell to Santa Barbara 10-7 in the quarterfinals.

In Division VI, Ocean League champion El Segundo (23-7) was defeated by Sonora. ER