South Bay teams who are seeded in the CIF-Southern Section and Los Angeles City playoffs all advanced to the quarterfinals with early round victories last week.
Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula, the top seed in the Southern Section Division IIA, enjoyed home wins of 62-28 over Fullerton Troy in the first round on Feb. 16 and 59-49 against Rowland in the second round last Friday.
Reese Morgan continued to key the Panthers (27-1) with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while junior guard Sam Borst-Smith added 18 points.
Peninsula took the lead for good by outscoring Rowland 17-8 in the third quarter.
The Panthers visit Segerstrom in Santa Ana in the quarterfinals Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Last Thursday, defending two-time California state Division I champion Westchester, faced with a mostly new team, had to struggle some in its first round L.A. City Division I playoff game against Gardena but pulled away for a 71-50 win.
The Panthers had a few early leads but a key injury to Elmo Smith virtually put them out. The Comets, who were up by just seven points (39-32) midway in the third period, put the game away in the fourth.
Westchester (24-6 and No. 2 seed behind Woodland Hills Taft) was led by Joshua Williams with 16 points. Keywhon Powns chipped in 14 points and Matthew Grant contributed 10.
Gardena, which finished its season at 8-19, was led by Ronald Robinson who led all scorers with 18 points. Arvel Boyd and Smith put in 14 and 11 points, in order.
Westchester moves on to host Western League rival Fairfax, which defeated Lake Balboa Birmingham in the first round, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Ocean League champion Inglewood, which is seeded third in the Southern Section IIIA playoffs, had wins of 65-36 against Lawndale on Feb. 16 and at San Juan HIlls, 56-43, last Friday.
Against San Juan Hills, Rhon Mitchell led the Sentinels (22-6) with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Julius Bilbrew had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Inglewood will host Garden Grove Pacifica on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Other area top seeds are in the quarterfinals. Playa del Rey St. Bernard, the No. 2 seed in the VA, downed St. Anthony, 75-64, in the second round last Friday in Long Beach.
The Vikings face Los Angeles Ribet Academy at a site to be determined Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Inglewood Morningside, the fourth seed in the IVA, had blowout wins of 66-42 over host Nipomo on Feb. 16 and 78-52 against host Hacienda Heights Wilson last Friday.
The Monarchs come home to play Junipero Serra from San Juan Capistrano Tuesday at 7 p.m.
El Segundo, which finished second behind North Torrance in the Pioneer League, won its IVAA second round game over Anaheim Servite, 74-56, last Friday at Servite and will have a stiff test at Windward in Mar Vista Tuesday at 7 p.m.
With exception of Gardena’s loss to Westchester, all other Marine League teams advanced to the division quarterfinals with wins last Thursday. In Division I, host and No. 4 seed Washington rolled over Locke, 92-48.
In Division II, San Pedro stunned host Granada Hills Kennedy, 72-69 in overtime, on a buzzer beating three-point basket by Deshawn Brown.
Host Carson rolled over Reseda, 99-69, and Narbonne, the No. 2 seed, routed Bravo, 68-36.
San Pedro will take on Granada Hills; Narbonne is at home against Verdugo Hills and Carson visits third seed Woodland Hills El Camino Real on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Wilmington Banning was in Division III where it topped Highland Park Franklin, 47-39, last Thursday at Banning.
Girls: Last Saturday, Torrance was seeking to avenge its embarrasing 53-25 non-league loss to cross town rival West Torrance it had last month at the Staples Center as it visited the Warriors in the second round last Saturday.
It took two overtimes but the Lady Tartars were successful with a 69-66 victory in the Southern Section Division IIIAA playoffs.
The big player for Torrance (16-9) was center Ihena Alano who had 23 points and 22 rebounds. Kaela Yonemoto made a key free throw with 10 seconds left in the second overtime period that was a big lift to the Tartars’ win.
The Warriors were led by junior guard Nicole Nitake with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while center Erin O’ Malley tallied 14 points and seven rebounds before fouling out.
Also helping West were Kelsey Ishigo with 11 points, 10 assists and seven steals, and guard Kaitlyn Kang with 14 points, including four three-point baskets.
The Tartars, who won their first round game over Rosemead on Feb. 16 at Torrance, will face a very stiff test at top seed St. Joseph High in Santa Maria Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Inglewood and Gardena Serra High’s girls also advanced to the quarterfinals. The Lady Cavaliers enjoyed wins over Claremont (76-27) and Cerritos Gahr (64-54). Serra is at Muir High in Pasadena on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Lady Sentinels had wins of 97-51 at home against West Covina and 71-53 over Newbury Park.
Inglewood hosts Burbank Burroughs in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In L.A. City Division I play, top seeded Narbonne and No. 2 Carson enjoyed easy wins. The Lady Gauchos crushed Los Angeles, 70-15, last Friday and No. 2 Carson had little trouble with Westchester, 61-23. Both had home first round games.
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In the quarterfinals on Wedesday, the Colts host No. 7 Dorsey and the Gauchos are at home against Crenshaw.
In City Division II play, host and No. 7 Banning routed Bravo, 58-14, and San Pedro Port of L.A. downed Vaughn, 51-27, to advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
The Bay League started out well with all five teams that made it recorded first round wins but only an at-large team, Palos Verdes, is left after recording a 54-40 victory over Citrus Hill last in IIIA play last Saturday at P.V.
That is because top teams Redondo and Mira Costa were placed in the prestigious IAA that included the nation’s top three ranked teams (No. 1 Brea-Olinda, No. 2 Long Beach Poly and No. 3 Santa Ana Mater Dei), along with three other squads ranked in the national top 25.
The Mustangs, who finished second behind the Sea Hawks in Bay action, played very well against Brea but the Wildcats were still a bit too much for them with a 67-53 win. Mira Costa’s 14-point loss, though, was far better than a large majority of other teams who played Brea, which is 28-0 and won all of its contests by an average of 43 points.
Mira Costa started with a home win over Long Beach Jordan, which finished second behind Poly, in the Moore, in the first round last Thursday.
Bay champion Redondo had to face No. 6 seed Etiwanda on the road and the Eagles were ranked 24th in the U.S. The Sea Hawks fell short, 45-42, despite holding Etiwanda to just 28 percent shooting and 23 points below its season average of 68 points per game last Saturday.
Two days earlier, Redondo (21-9) began the playoffs with a first basketball contest in its new small but temporary main gym with a 56-44 win over Long Beach Millikan.
Redondo’s main gym, which opened in fall of 1969, is being renovated and the project is expected to last for about a year.