In high school boys basketball games:
The Santa Monica High School Vikings finished in second place in the Ocean League this season after losing their final two league games of the season.
The Vikings (21-5, 7-3) were alone in first place in the league standings heading into the final week of the regular season, but visiting losses to Culver City (69-68) Tuesday, February 6th, and Hawthorne (50-42) Thursday, February 8th, cost Santa Monica the league championship.
Despite ending up in second place behind Inglewood High in the league, the Vikings had already clinched a spot in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section playoffs.
Santa Monica, which reached the semifinals of the playoffs last season, will host in a first-round game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 16th, the winner of a February 14th wild card game between Alta Loma and Woodbridge of Anaheim.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings won their final two games of the regular season and finished in third place in the Del Rey League.
The Vikings (16-10, 4-4) closed out league play with a dominating 86-48 victory over host Bosco Tech High February 7th and then ended the regular season with a 92-26 blowout of Vasquez of Acton February 8th.
St. Bernard will continue its season in the Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs with a first-round game at Hart High School of Newhall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 16th.
After finishing in third place in the Camino Real League, the St. Monica High School Mariners reached the Southern Section playoffs for the first time in four years.
The Mariners (15-11, 5-5) ended the regular season with a 53-45 league victory over St. Paul High School Wednesday, February 7th.
Patrick Russell led St. Monica with 12 points in the victory against St. Paul and Bryce Hamaguchi added 11 points.
The Mariners were scheduled to play Faith Baptist School of Canoga Park in the first round of the playoffs Wednesday, February 14th.
The Venice High School Gondoliers ended the season with a 65-56 loss to the visiting Westchester High School Comets in a Western League game Friday, February 9th.
Senior Chevoirye Wade scored a game-high 21 points for the Gondoliers.
Venice, which finished in sixth place in the competitive Western League, had an overall record of 6-21 and a league record of 2-10.
In high school girls basketball games:
The Venice High School Gondoliers captured the Western League Championship after going undefeated in league play this season.
With the league title, the Gondoliers (16-8, 12-0) earned the number-three seed in the Los Angeles City Section Championship Division playoffs.
Venice will host 14-seeded Reseda High in the first-round game at 7 p.m. Friday, February 16th. The Gondos finished their dominating run through league play with a 57-38 victory over host Westchester High School Friday, February 9th.
Marlee Rice scored more than double Venice’s point total for the game by finishing with 33 points and she also had five rebounds. Jewell Morris added 14 points for Venice, which led 34-18 at halftime.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings sailed through league play undefeated this season to capture the Ocean League Championship.
The Vikings (18-7, 10-0), who had already clinched a spot in the Southern Section playoffs, finished off the regular season by winning their last 11 games, including a 64-39 victory over visiting Hawthorne Thursday, February 8th.
Santa Monica will look to continue its impressive run in the playoffs and will host the first-round game against Marina High School of Huntington Beach at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17th.
The Westchester High School Comets finished in fourth place in the Western League after a 57-38 loss at home to league champion Venice High School Friday, February 9th.
Malika Jones led the Comets with 13 points and seven rebounds and Brittany Stephenson added ten points in the loss to Venice.
The Comets ended the season with an overall record of 12-15 and had a league record of 6-6.
The St. Monica High School Mariners reached the Southern Section playoffs after finishing in fourth place in the Camino Real League.
The Mariners (10-14, 3-4) will play at Windward High School of Los Angeles in the first-round game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17th.
St. Monica ended the regular season with a 55-37 league victory over the host St. Bernard High School Vikings Thursday, February 8th.
Alex Pegnato scored a game-high 28 points and Melissa Palmieri added 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Mariners in the victory over St. Bernard.
The Vikings finished the season with an overall record of 1-21 and were 0-6 in league play.