In high school boys basketball playoff games:
After finishing in second place in the Western League, the Westchester High School Comets opened the Los Angeles City Section Championship Division playoffs with a 78-59 victory over visiting Carson High School Friday, February 17th.
The fourth-seeded Comets (21-6) faced an early challenge from Carson but they finished strong to take the first-round victory and proved they are ready to defend their city title they got last season.
Westchester junior forward Isaiah Jenkins finished with a game-high 20 points, including two three-pointers, and added six rebounds in the victory over Carson.
Junior forward Dane Suttle scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds and senior guard Ahmaad Cook added 14 points for the Comets.
Westchester was scheduled to host King-Drew High School in the playoff second round Wednesday, February 22nd.
A victory would most likely set up a highly anticipated match-up against top-seeded Fairfax High School in the semifinals Friday, February 24th.
The Venice High School Gondoliers picked up a commanding 90-65 victory over visiting Northridge Academy in the first round of the Los Angeles City Section Invitational Division playoffs Friday, February 17th.
The Gondoliers (11-10), who finished in third place in the tough Western League, outscored Northridge in each of the four quarters, including a 50-36 lead at halftime.
Venice was scheduled to host league opponent Palisades High School in the city Invitational Division second round Wednesday, February 22nd.
Santa Monica High School opened the Southern Section Division IAA playoffs with a 53-39 victory over visiting Lynwood High School Friday, February 17th.
Senior Will Freedman scored 14 points in the first round game for the Vikings (18-9), who finished tied for second in the Ocean League this season.
The Vikings then won 68-49 over Centennial High School of Corona in the Division IAA second round Tuesday, February 21st.
After opening the Southern Section Division IVAA playoffs with a commanding win over Animo High School, the St. Bernard High School Vikings had another dominating performance with an 82-53 victory over visiting Blair High in the second round Friday, February 17th.
The Vikings (17-11), who finished second in the Del Rey League, led 42-33 at halftime and outscored Blair 20-3 in the fourth quarter.
Junior forward Jourdan Sweeney led St. Bernard with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Senior guard Winsor Williams scored 15 points with ten assists and senior Vernon Sance added 14 points, including three three-pointers for the Vikings.
St. Bernard narrowly defeated Whittier Christian High of La Habra 49-48 in the third round of the playoffs Tuesday, February 21st.
In high school girls basketball playoff games:
After capturing the Western League title, the Venice High School Gondoliers continued their momentum in the Los Angeles City Section Championship Division playoffs with a 66-57 first-round victory over visiting Taft High School Thursday, February 16th.
Senior forward Ivory Blockmon led Venice with 21 points and ten rebounds.
Sophomore guard Marlee Rice added 18 points and junior guard Shannon Nakamine finished with 17 points for the Gondoliers (19-7).
The victory set up another home game for Venice, which narrowly lost 54-53 to Crenshaw High School in the playoff second round Tuesday, February 21st.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings completed an impressive regular season, but the success came to an end in the first round of the Southern Section Division IAA playoffs after a 44-29 loss to visiting Long Beach Poly High School Saturday, February 18th.
The Vikings (20-3), who won their second consecutive Ocean League title this season, narrowly led 15-14 at halftime against Long Beach Poly.
But Long Beach Poly outscored the Vikings 19-7 in the third quarter and took control for the remainder of the game.
Junior guard Emily Foshag led the Vikings with ten points in the loss.