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The freshman point guard has led the team in scoring in all three of its playoff victories, averaging 17 points in leading Crean Lutheran to its first-ever CIF championship appearance. O’Malley scored 17 points in a quarterfinal win against University Prep last Wednesday, and followed that up with a 15-point outing in the semis against Westridge. Crean Lutheran will play Heritage Christian in the Division 5AA final on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Godinez High.
Ceja had one of two second-place finishes last weekend in the CIF-State Girls Championship in Visalia — Alyssa Aceval was the other — as the Panthers finished in second place in the state as a team. Ceja lost her final at 106 pounds to Menlo Atherton’s Chelsea Wilson in a fall at the 5:02 mark.
The 5-foot-9 guard helped the top-seeded Grizzlies (21-3) to a pair of wins last week, which boosted them into the CIF-SS Division 3A championship game on Saturday. She had 26 points and two steals in a 64-45 quarterfinal win over Crossroads on Tuesday, then followed that up with 26 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 56-46 semifinal win over Viewpoint. Buckner, a transfer from Bloomington Christian, is averaging 18.1 points.
Janov scored five goals and played stellar perimeter defense to lead the Redondo High girls water polo team to a 10-5 win over Villa Park in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship game at Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine on Saturday.
Buzzelli propelled Thousand Oaks to its first CIF Southern Section final since 1992 with a 19-point, 18-rebound performance in a 50-40 win over Bishop Amat to reach the Division 3AA final.
The Stanford-bound forward scored a season-high six goals with an assist in a 8-1 rout over visiting Chaminade in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals. Serafin, who scored four goals in the first half, pushed her season goal-scoring total to 41. It’s been quite a season for Serafin, who missed her sophomore and junior seasons at Amat because of U.S. National youth team commitments and injuries. Bishop Amat will host Claremont in the semifinals Tuesday at 5 p.m.
In Poly’s CIF Southern Section Open Division semifinal victory over Troy, Jones had 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks. The Jackrabbits will look to win their sixth CIF-SS championship on Saturday against Harvard-Westlake.
The Pirates are in the CIF Southern Section semifinals after Moore had a huge week. In the second round, she scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Pomona. Then in the quarterfinals, she scored both goals in a 2-0 win over El Monte. This season, she has 13 goals and eight assists.
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Kramer had a team-best three goals in an 8-7 win over No. 2 seed Paso Robles in the CIF-SS Division 6 semifinals to help the Wildcats reach their first-ever CIF final. She also scored in REV’s loss to Alta Loma in Saturday’s final.
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