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CIF State Basketball Tournament

Round 2

Girls Division 4

No. 8 Scotts Valley (24-5) at No. 1 Cardinal Newman (27-5), 6 p.m.

Girls Divison 5

No. 6 Cloverdale (25-7) at No. 3 Woodside Priory (18-6), 6 p.m.

St. Ignatius held the Montgomery’s girls basketball team to its third lowest points total of the season Wednesday night as the visiting San Francisco school eliminated the Vikings from the Division 2 CIF State Championship Tournament 50-35.

The only times Montgomery scored fewer points came in losses to Cardinal Newman.

The Vikings boys team didn’t fare any better. They lost a road game in Rocklin to Whitney 72-55.

St. Ignatius took control of the game by holding the Vikings to three points in the second quarter. That enabled the Wildcats to assume a 26-13 halftime lead.

Montgomery narrowed the gap to seven in the third quarter but could get no closer.

“Our offense didn’t come together for us,” coach Steve Bell said. “Unfortunately, we had several dry spells.

“One reason for that was St. Ignatius’ defense and rebounding. They play hard to the ball and were tenacious on the boards.”

St. Ignatius, the No. 9 seed, came in with a 13-14 record but played in the tough West Catholic League.

No. 8 Montgomery finished 20-11 and tied for third place in the North Bay League.

The Vikings’ Shayla Newman just missed a double-double. The sophomore wound up with a team-high 13 points to go along with nine rebounds. Destiny Grayer contributed 11 points and was credited with five steals.

For the Wildcats, Georgia Madden led the way with 11 points. Nahrie Pierce, who usually leads the team, was held to four points by Newman.

“The game didn’t end the way we wanted it to but the girls played hard,” Bell said.

“They should feel good about getting this far in the postseason. We had an excellent year and I’m very proud of them.

“They did so many good things. They shouldn’t focus on this one loss.”


At Rocklin, the Vikings boys team never could solve the home team’s full-court pressure defense.

Montgomery fell behind 17-9 after one quarter and the deficit grew to 36-23 at intermission.

The Vikings made a run late in the third quarter to get within seven, but Whitney responded and got the lead back to double digits.

“Their press unsettled us,” coach Zac Tiedeman said. “It seemed like even our open shots were rushed. Whitney uses 12 players and they were always substituting and bringing in fresh legs.”

Alex Soria was Montgomery’s top scorer with 16 points while Lane Young had 15.

In Tiedeman’s first year, the Vikings did better than expected. They finished 17-13 and knocked No. 1 seed Windsor out of the NCS Division 2 Tournament 53-51 on Feb. 26.

“A big reason we came this far was the leadership of the six seniors we had,” the coach said. “They set the tone with their unselfish play. All season we continued to compete no matter what the score. The effort was always there.”

In an opening-round girls game:


At Cloverdale, an Eagles girls team won a state tournament game for the first time since 1984. No. 6 Cloverdale advances to play at No. 3 Woodside Prep on Saturday.

Against Mariposa, the Eagles began slowly and were up 8-7 after one period.

However, in the second, Cloverdale warmed up and led 20-14 at halftime.

The home team continued with a hot hand after intermission and scored 18 in the third.

“At the start, we couldn’t get shots to fall,” coach Rick Berry said. “In the second, we finally got in rhythm.”

Meanwhile, the visitors from the Yosemite area had trouble with Cloverdale’s pressure defense.

“Our defense was the difference,” Berry said. “Our press created a lot of turnovers.”

Bailey Stewart and Alejandra Perez each had four steals.

Teanne Edens took scoring honors for the Eagles with 16 points. Angel Bernardi added 13 to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

In boys Division 6 games:


At Boonville, the Panthers had a chance to send the game to overtime but missed three shots in the waning seconds.

Tony Pardini, Jared Johnson and Erin Perez each got off a shot that would’ve tied the game but the ball wouldn’t go down. Chester finally got the rebound and Spencer Lee made two free throws to clinch the outcome.

Anderson Valley began quickly and assumed a 20-12 lead after one quarter. However, by halftime, the Volcanoes had moved in front 31-30.

Missed free throws cost the Panthers as they made only 7 of 15 from the line.

“That’s what happens when you miss that many free throws in a close game,” coach Luis Espinoza said.

“It’s a painful loss. This was the first time an Anderson Valley team has hosted a NorCal Tournament game. We had great fan support, we just couldn’t pull it out.”

AV had four players in double figures: Abraham Sanchez (15), Cesar Soto (12), Johnston (12) and Pardini (11).

The Panthers end up 22-7.


At Stockton, the visiting Hawks led for all but the final four minutes. They held a 43-37 advantage heading to the final quarter and were outscored 21-11 in the period.

“In the fourth quarter the guys got a little tight, a little tentative,” coach Courtney Jackson said. “Instead of driving to the basket, they got passive and that was the difference.”

Stockton’s Jeremy Flores clinched the game with three free throws in the final minute. He was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. Flores made five 3’s on his way to a 25-point evening

Fernando Marquez had an outstanding game for Hanna. He scored 24.

Dakota Woltering and Yeurra Blaylock finished with 10 apiece.

“We could’ve easily won this game,” Jackson added. “We let it slip away.”

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