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March 19, 2014
Girls BB Roundup
No. 11 seed Pleasant Grove has made its way to the regional finals after knocking off Monte Vista on Tuesday. See who else is making a surprising run, including Justin-Siena beating Scotts Valley in Division IV.
Open Division: Salesian vs. Miramonte 6:00 PM at Sleep Train Arena
Division I: Berkeley vs. Pleasant Grove 2:00 PM at Sleep Train Arena
Division II: Mitty vs. McNair 10:00 AM at Sleep Train Arena
Division III: Enterprise vs. Modesto Christian 6:00 PM at American Canyon High School
Division IV: Arcata vs. Justin-Siena 2:00 PM at American Canyon High School
Division V: Brookside Christian vs. Pinewood 10:00 AM at American Canyon High School
Close games often come down to free throws and the five Pleasant Grove sank in the overtime period proved to be the difference in its 56-54 win over Monte Vista on Tuesday. Despite entering the Division I tournament as the 11th seed, Pleasant Grove went on a Cinderella run and will play in the Regional Finals on Saturday.
While the Eagles ultimately came away victorious, the game was far from easy. Monte Vista opened the game on a 12-3 run and appeared ready to run away with the contest. But, in the second quarter the Eagles regained their composure and allowed senior Aaliyah Pena to take over. Pena led the way with 13 points and was instrumental in a second quarter in which the Eagles outscored the Mustangs 18-5.
The Mustangs, however, would not go quietly as junior Amanda Daily (14 points) and senior Lily Wissinger (19 points) kept their team in the game. Wissinger seemingly scored at will in the second half, but so did Pena. The two went back-and-forth for a bit until the game went into overtime.
Once the extra period began, the Mustangs offense ceased to exist. Pleasant Grove did not hit a field goal in overtime, but hit five of six free throws which was all they needed.
The Eagles move on to play three time defending champion Berkeley, which beat Deer Valley 63-61. According to the Bay Area News Group, Desire Finnie made the game winning bucket with 9.6 seconds left. The senior finished with 19 points. William Boor
Senior Mariya Moore had 23 points, 15 rebounds and six steals as Salesian moved past St. Mary's-Berkeley 61-42. It is the fourth win in five tries for the Pride against the Panthers this year. St. Mary's Mikayla Cowling had 18 points and eight rebounds to end her career.
Surpassing 90 points for the second Open Division game, Miramonte beat Carondelet 92-87 to reach the Open Division finals. Sophomore Sabrina Ionescu had 33 points and Mariah Seals added 23 points. Seniors Natalie Romeo and Mackenzie Cast combined for 41 points in the loss.
During the regular season, Salesian beat Miramonte 74-56 at Marin Catholic High School. The Pride will be trying to win their third straight NorCal title after winning the last two Division IV regional titles.
The Monarchs continue to roll along in the Division II playoffs with an 84-49 win over Clayton Valley Charter. Mitty was led by 22 points from Kelli Hayes, which returns to Sleep Train Arena for the third time in the last five years.
They will face McNair after it beat Del Oro 56-48. The Eagles are 28-4 and were the runner-ups in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
Balanced scoring led the way for Enterprise in a 54-47 win over Florin. Rachel Martin had a team high 13 points and sophomore standout Kamira Sanders finished with 12 points. The Hornets haven't lost to a NorCal team this year.
They will meet Modesto Christian, which beat Vanden 62-49. Lexi Tubbs had 19 points to lead the Crusaders, which are making their first regional final appearance since 2011.
Few people had a final of Justin-Siena and Arcata, but that is what we have. Justin-Siena beat top seed Scotts Valley 81-68. The game turned when Justin-Siena outscored Scotts Valley 30-12 in the third quarter, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Scotts Valley had 17 points from senior Nadene Hart.
No. 2 seed Arcata moved past Piedmont, which was last year's runner-up, in a 50-38 win. In their last seven wins, the Tigers have held their opponents to 40 points or less.
Ariana Vaughn finished with 21 points as Brookside Christian moved past Eastside Prep 64-50. The Knights are aiming for their second NorCal title in three years despite seeing star guard Tiara Tucker transfer to McNair prior to the year.
Pinewood held off Capital Christian 54-44 behind 17 points from Leeana Bade. The Panthers led by 20 points at halftime. It is the Panthers' fifth regional final in six years.