It took a frantic fourth-quarter rally for Cathedral Catholic to even have a chance.
And then it took overtime for the Dons to deliver the knockout blow in a 83-80 upset victory over Sierra Canyon in an Open Division state tournament game on March 9.
The No. 7 seeded Dons trailed the No. 2 Trailblazers by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Brandon McCoy scored 23 points and had 16 rebounds to lead the Dons.
Austin Beech added 15 points.
The Dons improved to 21-6 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines lost to Inglewood 66-50 in the first round of the Division I state tournament on March 9.
Jackson Strong scored 20 points to lead the Falcons and Jack Heller added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Falcons fell to 25-6 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines lost to Santa Barbara 69-60 in the first round of the Division I state tournament on March 9.
Sierra Campisano scored 35 points and had 12 points to lead the Falcons.
Rachel Shen added 10 points and six rebounds.
The Falcons fell to 22-9 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic extended its amazing streak of Southern California Regional championships to four with a 2-1 victory Palos Verdes in the Division II championship game on March 12.
Taylor Sparks and Audrey Hegardt each scored one goal to lead the Dons. Sunny Dunphy and Dana Dalton each contributed one assist.
The victory followed a 1-0 overtime victory over Newbury Park (Ventura County) two days earlier in which Dalton scored the game’s only goal.
The Dons improved to 25-4-3 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines lost to Rancho Santa Margarita 2-1 in the Division I semifinals on March 10 Amber McCorkle scored the Falcons’ only goal off an assist from Kate Dove.
The Falcons fell to 17-2-5 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic lost to Loyola of Los Angeles 2-0 in the Division I championship game on March 12.
Dons goalie Aidan Cerveny had six saves.
The Dons advanced to the finals after defeating Santa Barbara 2-1 on March 10.
Nicola Giacalone and Kane Barton each scored one goal to lead the Dons and Cerveny had five saves.
The Dons fell to 17-7-2 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian is off to a 4-0 start in the Bully’s tournament after a decisive 12-3 victory over Mission Hills on March 12.
Murphy Stehly had three hits including a double and four RBI to lead the Eagles.
Will Locken contributed three hits, and Ari Berber added two hits including a double and three RBI.
Earlier in the tournament Ari Berber and Chet Moody combined on a one-hit shutout in a 4-0 victory over Serra.
Gerber, who started and was credited with the victory, allowed one hit in five innings.
Moody struck out three and allowed no walks in two innings.
Two days later the Eagles defeated Sweetwater 4-2.
Gerber had three this and Stehly had two hits and three RBI.
Canyon Crest Academy improved to 3-0 in the season-opening Bully’s tournament with an impressive 5-2 victory over Maranatha Christian on March 12.
Arjun Nichani doubled and drove in three runs and Alex Rejto had two hits including a double to lead the Ravens.
Ravens starter Matt Sallee struck out six batters and allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings of three-hit ball in which he allowed one walk.
Freshman Brent Peluso pitched two shutout innings for the save.
The Ravens opened the tournament with a 17-2 shellacking of Foothills Christian on March 8.
Seth Bernstein led the Ravens with four hits, Sammy Benbow had two hits including a double and four RBI and M.J. Metz had two hits including a double and drove in three runs.
Two days later the Ravens defeated Imperial 4-2 as Nichani went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI.
After combining for 21 runs in the first two games of the season-opening Hilltop/Lolita’s Tournament, La Costa Canyon’s bats were finally silenced in a 1-0 tournament loss to Granite Hills on March 12.
Gabe Wiles had two of the Mavericks’ four hits.
Mavericks starter J.J. Rytz took the loss despite a strong pitching effort in which he allowed one run on four hits and no walks in 5 1/3 innings.
The Mavericks opened the tournament with a dramatic 9-6 extra-innings victory over Poway on March 9 in which Mickey Moniak sparked the offense with three hits and three RBI.
The Mavericks broke a 6-6 tie in a decisive three-run rally in the top of the ninth inning.
Moniak had three hits including two doubles and drove in five runs in a 12-1 shellacking of Ramona the next day.
Ryan Orr and Kooper Christ each contributed two hits.
Mavericks starter Nick Scheidler struck out six batters and allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk in five innings.
San Dieguito Academy snapped a season-opening three-game skid with a vengeance.
The Mustangs combined for 12 hits in support of a strong pitching effort from Tara Stewart in a 10-1 victory over Sage Creek in a Falcon Fiesta Tournament game on March 12 that was mercy-ruled after five innings.
Stewart struck out six batters and allowed one run on five hits and two walks in five innings.
Stewart led the Mustangs offensively too, going 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI.
Annie Dominguez, Rilee Grau and Jillian Gartner each added two hits.