In high school boys basketball games:
After losing two games to Western League champion Fairfax High School this season, the Westchester High School Comets finished in second place in the league.
The Comets (20-6, 8-2) ended the regular season with a 96-71 victory over visiting Palisades High Friday, February 10th.
Westchester received a surprising fourth-place seed for the Los Angeles City Section Championship Division playoffs, and the Comets may have to face top-seed Fairfax in the semifinals in order to defend their city title from last season.
Westchester will host Carson High in the first round at 7 p.m. Friday, February 17th.
Venice High School finished in third place in the highly competitive Western League after a 57-48 victory over visiting University High Friday, February 10th.
Noah Gottlieb finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Gondoliers (10-10, 5-5), who trailed 26-18 at halftime.
The Gondos will host Northridge Academy in the first round of the City Section Invitational Division playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday, February 17th.
The St. Monica High School Mariners ended the season in fourth place in the Camino Real League after a 59-53 victory over visiting St. Anthony High Wednesday, February 8th.
Senior guard John Khela led St. Monica with 23 points and senior Zack Laguardia added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Mariners (11-14, 4-6), who led 30-26 at halftime.
St. Bernard High School finished in second place in the Del Rey League after a 61-56 loss to host Bishop Amat High in a league game Wednesday, February 8th.
The Vikings (15-11, 4-4) were scheduled to host Animo High School in the first round of the Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs Wednesday, February 15th.
In high school girls basketball games:
The Venice High School Gondoliers captured the Western League championship despite a narrow 63-62 loss to host University High School in a league game Friday, February 10th.
The Gondoliers (18-7, 8-2) led 39-27 at halftime, but University fought back in the second half to hand Venice only its second league losss of the season.
Venice will look to carry its regular season success into the Los Angeles City Section Championship Division playoffs, when the Gondos host Taft High School in the first round at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 16th.
The Westchester High School Comets finished in fourth place in the Western League after a 44-33 loss to host Palisades High School in a league game Friday, February 10th.
Kionah De’ramus, Jaime Franklin and Tonisha Gilmore each scored eight points in the game for Westchester, which trailed 26-17 at halftime.
The fourth-place finish in the league ended the season for the Comets (12-13, 5-5).
After clinching its second consecutive Ocean League Championship last week, Santa Monica High School ended the league season with a dominating 61-26 victory over host Hawthorne High School Thursday, February 9th.
The Vikings (20-2, 9-1) will look to continue the momentum in the Southern Section Division IAA playoffs, when 11th-seeded Santa Monica hosts the winner of a wild card game in the first round Saturday, February 18th.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings finished tied for third in the Camino Real League after a 61-38 victory over visiting St. Monica High School in a league game Tuesday, February 7th.
The third-place finish in the league ended the season for the Vikings (8-12, 5-4).
The St. Monica High School Mariners ended the season in fifth place in the Camino Real League after a 62-42 victory over visiting St. Matthias High School in a league game Thursday, February 9th.
Senior guard Shannon Terrell finished with 23 points and junior guard Alexandria Pegnato added 12 points for St. Monica (10-11, 5-5), which outscored St. Matthias in each of the four quarters.