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Brea Olinda battles its way past Orange Lutheran
As soon as she landed on the floor after throwing up a floater in the lane, Shaylissa Jarrett immediately reached for her left ankle, clutching it with a considerable amount of pain on her face.
Trailing by eight points midway through the second quarter and its senior captain being helped off the court, Brea Olinda’s girls basketball team could’ve gone one of two ways. Either rally behind its injured veteran leader or crumble under the strenuous circumstance at hand.
With Jarrett watching from a nearby trainer’s table, Brea went on a 15-0 run to end the second quarter and maintained the lead it had built up for the remainder of the night, topping an upset-minded Orange Lutheran squad, 52-44, on Tuesday night in the CIF Division III Southern California Regional semifinal at Brea Olinda High.
The Ladycats (25-4) will play its Crestview League rival, El Dorado (27-8), in the regional championship game at Colony High on Saturday night at 6 p.m. Brea topped the Golden Hawks by 11- and 6-point margins in this season’s first two meetings.
“Both games last year and both games this year were nail-biters,” Brea coach Jeff Sink said. “It’s very hard to beat a team three times in a row. We’ll be lucky to beat them. They know us well, we know them well. I think if we’re missing Shay, it’ll be a tough game, but we’ll come to play.”
Sink added that Jarrett will receive an X-ray as soon as possible, which will determine her availability Saturday.
“If it’s not a break then with tough rehab from now until Saturday, she might be able to go,” he added. “I would say probably not, but we’ll see.”
Brea Olinda junior guard Reili Richardson led all scorers with a game-high 18 points. With the Ladycats trailing, 22-14, with five minutes to play in the first half, Richardson led the 15-0 run that gave Brea a 29-22 halftime lead.
Leading, 19-9, after the first quarter, Orange Lutheran (25-9) only scored three points in the second and never re-gained the lead after halftime.
Gloria Bates finished with a team-high 17 points for the Lancers, which ended its season with the second most wins in school history and as Division 3A champs.
In Division IV:
Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth 70, Fairmont Prep 50: Senior Samantha Clement finished with 21 points as the visiting Huskies (27-5) fell to the Trailblazers.
In Division V:
Bishop’s of La Jolla 55, Orangewood Academy 48 (OT): The Spartans (29-5), who held a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, were forced into overtime, where they failed to score a point.