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Previews of Saturday’s CIF SoCal Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Regional Semifinals – Orange County Register

Previews of Saturday's CIF SoCal Boys' and Girls' Basketball Regional Semifinals - Orange County Register

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL PLAYOFFS

BOYS BASKETBALL SEMI-FINALS

Saturday

FIRST DIVISION

Our Lady of Sherman Oaks (20-7) at Crean Lutheran (24-6), 6 p.m.

Outlook: Notre Dame and Crean Lutheran went 0-3 in pool play in the CIF South Section Open Division playoffs. Notre Dame, seeded third in the SoCal I Regional Division, beat San Marcos 75-50 in the first round and St. Anthony 66-60 in the second round. Notre Dame senior guard Ben Shtolzberg scored 25 points against St. Anthony and was 13 of 14 from the free throw line. Second-seeded Crean Lutheran was shorthanded in the regional playoffs, with 7-foot senior center James Agany or 6-10 senior forward Koat Keat out of the lineup. The Saints managed to beat Cathedral Catholic 63-60 in the first round and La Costa Canyon 68-50 in the second round. Crean’s sophomore goaltender Vyctorious Miller scored 26 points against La Costa Canyon. The CIF Southern California Regional Finals will take place on Tuesday at host school sites. The SoCal Regional Champions will advance to the CIF State Championships in Sacramento on March 11-12.

DIVISION II

Rancho Cucamonga (29-6) at Foothill (29-3), 6 p.m.

Outlook: Foothill is coming off a Game of the Year-style win, a 96-95 triple-overtime victory over Carlsbad in the second round of the regional playoffs. Junior guard Carlo Billings scored 25 points with 13 rebounds for Foothill. The Regional Division II seeded Knights defeated Francis Parker 67-59 in the first round. Foothill lost to Long Beach Poly in the CIF-SS 2AA semifinals. Rancho Cucamonga, seeded 13th in the 16-team regional bracket, won 61-57 at Mt. Whitney in the first round and won 67-65 at Bakersfield Christian in overtime in the second round. The Cougars won the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship, beating Rancho Verde 67-66 as rookie Aaron Glass and junior Shadale Knight scored 21 points apiece.

Foothill guard Jacob Horton, right, walks to the basket around Canyon guard Emerson Marks, left, during a Crestview League game at Foothill High School in Santa Ana on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

Edison (28-5) at Los Altos (25-6), 6 p.m.

Outlook: Edison and Los Altos lost in the CIF-SS semi-finals and had another opportunity to advance to the CIF Southern California region playoffs. Edison lost to La Mirada in the CIF-SS 2A semi-final. In the regional playoffs, the 11th-seeded Chargers beat Mission Bay 64-63 in the first round and Birmingham 59-50 in the second round. Seniors Tyler Hampton and Trey Wilborn scored 23 points and 17 points respectively against Birmingham. Los Altos lost to eventual champion Village Christian in the 2AA semi-finals. The second-seeded Conquerors beat La Jolla Country Day 64-35 in the first round of regional play, and La Mirada 55-37 in the second round.

DIVISION V

La Quinta (21-10) at Fontana (27-5), 6 p.m.

Outlook: La Quinta finished second in the Garden Grove League. The Aztecs qualified for the CIF State Playoffs by advancing to the CIF-SS 5A Semi-Finals in which they lost to Riverside Prep by 19 points. Fontana defeated Riverside Prep by 27 points in the 5A Championship game. La Quinta, seeded 12th in the regional Division V, advanced to the semifinals beating Rosamond 65-59 in the first round and Villanova Prep 61-60 in the second round. Fontana, seeded ninth, beat Northview 53-40 in the first round and Harbor Teacher 49-45 in the second round. Fontana is 12-2 at home.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-FINALS

Saturday

FIRST DIVISION

Upwind (21-10) at the Rosary (17-9), 7 p.m.

Outlook: Rosary is 1-2 in pool in the CIF South Section Open Division, including a 60-58 home win over Windward on Feb. 19. Windward was 0-3 in the CIF-SS Open Division pool. Rosary, the No. 1 seed in the Division I regional playoffs, had a first-round bye before beating Viewpoint 56-42 in the second round. Royals senior guard Kaylee Byon has signed with Utah Valley University. Sophomore forward Allison Clarke led Rosary with 21 points against Viewpoint. The Royals are 8-0 at home.

Rosary’s Allison Clarke, right, tries to get around Mater Dei forward Soleil Montrose, left, in Santa Ana on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

Bishop Montgomery (19-6) at Orangewood Academy (23-9), 7 p.m.

Outlook: Orangewood Academy was 1-2 in the CIF-SS Open Division pool game. The Spartans’ Open Division victory was over Bishop Montgomery 54-50 on February 19. Bishop Montgomery was 0-3 in the CIF-SS Open Division. Bishop Montgomery defeated Orangewood Academy 75-65 on November 30. Orangewood Academy, seeded No. 2 in the Division I regional playoffs, beat Mount Miguel 62-48 in the first round and Granada Hills Charter 42-30 in the second round. Bishop Montgomery defeated El Camino 57-43 in the first round of the regional playoffs and defeated Camarillo 67-49 in the second round. Orangewood junior forward Jayionne Brown averages 14 points per game. She scored 29 points with 14 rebounds in the win over Granada Hills Charter. Orangewood senior guard Hanna Stines is scoring 13 points per game. Bishop Montgomery’s 6-3 senior forward Chloe Williams, who signed with the University of Tulsa, scored 21 points in the Knights’ El Camino win.