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Dream matchup remains possible
The dream matchup of this girls basketball season would be Mater Dei vs. Windward of L.A.
Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 in the state by Cal-Hi Sport and No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, while Windward is No. 2 in the state and No. 4 in the nation.
The Monarchs dominated Long Beach Wilson, 89-31, on Saturday to advance to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs; the Wildcats hammered Costa Mesa, 100-21, and La Salle of Pasadena, 74-31, to reach the Division 4AA quarterfinals.
Mater Dei and Windward are in different divisions, but there is the possibility that the two teams could end up in the Open Division in the state tournament. That is the only way they could meet this season. But what about next season?
The Monarchs will lose Stanford-bound Karlie Samuelson to graduation, but Katie Lou Samuelson, Andee Velasco and the rest of Mater Dei's key players return next season. Windward loses USC-bound Courtney Jaco, but returns Jordin Canada and Kristen Simon. Both teams are sure to be highly ranked next season.
"We would love to schedule a game with Windward next year, and the Nike Extravaganza would be a great place to have such a game," Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan said.
Kiernan said that is something he will work on in the offseason.
Maggie Dumphy scored 13 points and Chyann Pendergrass scored 11 points to help ninth-seeded Westminster get past Lakewood, 43-34, in a Division 1A game on Saturday at Westminster High. Danielle Kennedy had 19 points, three steals and three assists as Fountain Valley knocked off eighth-seeded Burroughs of Burbank. The Barons play host to the Lions in a second-round game on Wednesday at Fountain Valley High.
"Fountain Valley is a different team now that Kennedy is starting," Westminster coach Dick Katz said. "They play hard and great defense. She gives them a true point guard that can penetrate to the rack and create. (She's) also a great shooter and that makes defending them more difficult." ...
Segerstrom and Kennedy hook up in the second round of the Division 2A playoffs on Wednesday at Segerstrom. The Fighting Irish, who have a 14-game winning streak, knocked off the Jaguars, 45-42, in a nonleague game on Dec. 20 at Kennedy. Segerstrom is looking to get to the quarterfinals for the first time in the program's seven-year history. ...
Fifth-seeded Woodbridge plays host to 12th-seeded Perris in a Division 2AA second-round game on Wednesday. The Warriors have a seven-game winning streak.
"All my starters are playing very well," Woodbridge coach Pete Belanto said. ...
Second-seeded JSerra plays at seventh-seeded Bishop Montgomery of Torrance in the Division 4AA quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Lions and the Knights play in two of the toughest leagues in the state. JSerra took second in the Trinity League and Bishop Montgomery took third in the Del Rey League. Bishop Montomery edged JSerra, 60-54, in the Battle at the Beach on Dec. 5.
"We're excited about the rematch," Lions coach Mary Rossignol said. "This is our third time playing them. We beat them in the second round of CIF last year and we played them earlier this year. I feel we are more experienced and have better chemistry." ...
La Habra coach Jim Bohn said the Highlanders' 53-39 victory over Western in the first round of the Division 3AAA playoffs was La Habra's first playoff victory in at least 10 years. Laguna Hills beat the Highlanders, 45-35, in the second round, but La Habra finished 18-10.
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