In high school boys basketball playoff games:
The Westchester High School Comets will get another crack at rival Fairfax High School at the stage where they have been the most dominant team this decade — the Los Angeles City Section championship game.
After losing to Western League champion Fairfax High twice in the league season, the Comets (22-5) are looking for revenge when they face the Lions (22-5) for a third time with the city title on the line.
The city championship game pitting top-seeded Fairfax against second-seeded Westchester is scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3rd, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Westchester is hoping for the same result as last season, when the Comets lost twice to Fairfax during the regular season, but came back to defeat the Lions in the semifinals on the way to capturing the city crown.
Both teams have already qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state playoffs, which start Tuesday, March 6th.
The Comets have ruled the city championships so far this decade, winning the title each year except for 2004, when they were ineligible for the postseason.
They reached this year’s city title game by earning their 27th consecutive city playoff victory 63-54 at home over Sun Valley Poly Thursday, February 22nd.
Westchester grabbed a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter against Sun Valley Poly and went into halftime leading 26-18.
Freshman Dwayne Polee led the Comets with 17 points in the game, including 12 points in the first quarter.
Junior Jarred Dubois scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds and junior Oscar Bellfield contributed 11 points.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings reached the championship game of the Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs with a 57-52 semifinal victory over Arroyo Valley High School Tuesday, February 27th.
The Vikings (18-9) previously defeated Great Oak High School 67-61 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs Friday, February 23rd.
In the victory over Arroyo Valley, junior point guard Devin Price led the Vikings with 16 points.
Senior forward Jourdan Sweeney added 11 points.
Price was also key for St. Bernard against Great Oak, leading the way for St. Bernard with 17 points in the game.
Sweeney finished with 15 points and ten rebounds and senior center Clarence Ellington added 11 points and 15 rebounds in the victory.
St. Bernard will play top-seeded Pasadena in the championship game Saturday, March 3rd.
In high school girls basketball playoff games:
Host Venice High School was defeated 71-68 by Washington High School of Los Angeles in the second round of the Los Angeles City Section Championship Division playoffs Wednesday, February 21st.
The third-seeded Gondoliers took the early lead and went ahead by as many as 12 points in the game, but sixth-seeded Washington was able to fight back to upset Venice.
Venice, which captured the Western League Championship this season with an undefeated record in league play, finished the season with an overall record of 17-9.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings scored 27 points in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the deficit in a 67-58 loss to host Norco High School in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs Saturday, February 24th.
The Vikings held a 27-25 lead at halftime, but their offense ground to a halt with just four points in the third quarter, as Norco racked up 22 points to surge ahead.
Emily Foshag led Santa Monica with 18 points in the game.
Santa Monica, which captured the Ocean League title with an undefeated league record, finished the season with an overall record of 20-8.