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Odom hit the shot of a lifetime, converting a 3-pointer at the buzzer that rattled around the rim in a 50-49 victory over Long Beach Poly in the Southern California Regional Open Division final. She finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Eagles to the CIF State Open Division final, scheduled for this weekend in Sacramento.
Analise De La Roca
Port of L.A.
The Port of L.A. ace threw five shutouts while striking out 76 and walking only eight. She pitched a perfect game and hit two three-run home runs in a 15-0, five-inning rout of Manual Arts on March 14, and followed that up with 18 strikeouts in a no-hitter March 16 against King Drew, tying a school record for strikeouts in a game.
The guard helped the Spartans reach the CIF-State Southern California Division IV regional final with 20 points and nine rebounds in a 50-49 semifinal victory over St. Paul, and also had 18 points and in their 57-39 quarterfinal win over Corona del Mar. The Spartans and Kurdoghlian came up short in Saturday’s regional finals, losing to Antelope Valley 66-51, but it didn’t spoil the fact this was the furthest a Spartans girls basketball team has ever gone in the playoffs.
Acuna was the lone Terrier to make the all-tournament team for the Redlands Softball Invitational, and Redlands head coach Brandon Ford called the pitcher the team’s MVP for the Invitational. She pitched all five tournament games, four of them complete games with two wins.
The Washington State-bound Washington played a big part in helping the Cowgirls reach the CIF State Division II championship game for the first time. In the 70-64 regional semifinal win on Tuesday against Studio City Harvard-Westlake, she had 24 points, 17 rebounds, four steals and three assists. Then, in a 51-30 rout of Mater Dei Saturday in the regional final, she had 20 points (on 9-of-15 shooting), and grabbed 12 rebounds, both game highs.
Long Beach Poly
Oca helped lead the Jackrabbits to two wins on the week, first a 106-64 nonleague victory against Huntington Beach and then a 99-71 win over Lakewood to open Moore League competition.She took first in the 200 IM (2:14.16) and the 500 freestyle (5:26.90) and won and the 200 freestyle (2:00.72) and 100 butterfly (1:00.09) later in the week. She was also part of two first-place relay teams at each event.
After cracking The OC Sidelines Top 20, Brea Olinda proceeded to knock off Troy, Hacienda Heights Los Altos, Yucaipa and Fullerton last week at the Coach Takk Classic. North Carolina-bound catcher Hailey Jensen did the most damage for the Wildcats, finishing with six hits, one double, three home runs and 11 RBI.