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Chloe Briggs again scores 40 points to lead Ontario Christian Women’s Basketball past Pacifica Christian – Orange County Register

Chloe Briggs again scores 40 points to lead Ontario Christian Women's Basketball past Pacifica Christian - Orange County Register


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ONTARIO — Chloe Briggs, a Christian junior from Ontario, has a new mindset after losing three straight years in the sectional women’s basketball finals.

“It’s a terrible feeling and I just have a whole new mindset,” she explained. “I just need to take over and I need to finally have a ring. We’re going to win the state this year.

The left-handed goalkeeper with a sharp shot indeed regained the upper hand on Thursday evening.

Briggs burst for 20 points in the first quarter and finished with 40 for the second straight CIF State SoCal Division II Regionals game to lead the host Knights past Pacifica Christian 69-58 in a second-round game.

Briggs also scored 40 points in a 67-53 win over Del Norte in the first round on Tuesday.

“She’s out of control,” said Ontario Christian coach Matt Tumambing. “She likes to pass and facilitate, but we said she was really aggressive and took control in the last two games.”

No. 2 Ontario Christian (31-4) will host No. 6 Sage Hill in the regional semifinals on Saturday. The Lightning edged host Long Beach Poly 42-39 on a 3-pointer from sophomore corner Zoie Lamkin with five seconds left in another game Thursday.

Last season, Sage Hill defeated Ontario Christian 62-56 in the CIF-SS Division 3AA section final at Sage Hill.

“We really want to see Sage Hill,” Tumambing said of the semis. “Last year’s final, we gave them. They’re a great team, but with the parts we have this year, we think we can really fight with them.

Ontario Christian, the Division 2A runner-up at Santiago Corona last weekend, never trailed Thursday and led by as much as 14 points in the second half before the Division 4A champion Tritons (27-6) , don’t rush to the finish.

Transfer Aliso Niguel Shayla Gillmer (13 points, 10 rebounds) helped seal the win with a handed field goal to give Ontario Christian a 64-56 lead with 1:07 to go.

Pacifica star point guard Christian Addison Deal, who had 13 points despite playing with an injured wrist, responded with a layup, but the Tritons failed to score again and were forced into a draw. foul to stop the clock.

“It was huge,” Briggs said of the setback for Gillmer, a BYU-bound senior who was slowed in the sectional final by an ankle injury. “I’m so grateful and proud of her for playing. Her ankle is still swollen. She’s injured and she gave it her all.

Briggs made four of seven 3-pointers in the first period to help the Knights take a 25-16 lead. After scoring 28 points in the first half, she opened the third period with three more.

She hit 7 of 16 shots from beyond the arc, but also scored from mid-range, drives and on 5 of 9 free throws.

“She’s got a deep bag (of stuff),” Pacifica Christian senior Jamie MacKay said. “I knew Chloe Briggs was good but man, I didn’t think she was that good. She’s amazing.”

Pacifica Christian senior center Ava Carter also impressed with a season-high 25 points and 14 rebounds. She led a team that took part in Division 4A regionals last season and won their first section title last weekend.

“We don’t let a game define us,” said Pacifica Christian coach Chyanne Butler. “The sky’s the limit for all of us, with or without basketball. I want them to be strong women at the end of the day and I’m just proud of them for the season as a whole.