The Westchester High School Comets breezed through the first round of the Los Angeles City Section championship playoffs and into the quarterfinals with an 84-41 victory at home over Birmingham High School Friday, February 18th.

The top-seeded Comets (18-3) proved they are ready to play for the city championship after the dominating win over 16th-seeded Birmingham.

Senior guard Jerard Moret led Westchester with 16 points. Senior center Amir Johnson added 12 points and junior guard Ahmaad Cook finished with 11 points, including three three-pointers in the first-round victory.

After taking second place in the Ocean League, the Santa Monica High School Vikings (16-11) exited the Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs in the first round with a 52-35 loss to visiting Esperanza High School Friday, February 18th.

In girls playoff games:

Western League champion Venice High School narrowly missed a spot in the Los Angeles City Section championship quarterfinals after a 45-43 first-round loss to host Marshall High School Friday, February 18th.

The Gondoliers (15-7) earned the 11th seed in the playoffs after an impressive performance in the league, but were unable to overcome the challenge of sixth-seeded Marshall.

Santa Monica High School (18-7), the co-league champion of the Ocean League, came up short in the first round of the Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs after a narrow 30-28 loss to visiting Millikan High School Saturday, February 19th.

After finishing in third place in the Camino Real League, the St. Monica High School Mariners were defeated 52-43 by host Laguna Beach High School in the first round of the Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs Thursday, February 17th.

Senior forward Kalia Williams scored a team-high 25 points in the loss for the Mariners (15-12).

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