NOTEBOOK: HART SEEKS HISTORY AT NO. 1 LYNWOOD.
Hart High of Newhall looks to make history tonight when it plays top- seeded Lynwood at Lynwood in a Southern California Div. I regional girls' basketball semifinal.
Hart (28-4), coming off a thrilling 61-59 upset victory Tuesday over No. 4 San Diego, can become the first Santa Clarita Valley school - boys or girls - to advance to a regional championship game when it faces top-seeded Lynwood.
The winner of tonight's Hart/Lynwood game will play the winner tonight's Long Beach Poly/Narbonne of Harbor City semifinal in a Southern California regional final Saturday at Sports Arena.
Northern California and Southern California regional champions play for the state title March 18 at Arco Arena in Sacramento.
Hart two years ago shocked a Lynwood team ranked seventh in the nation by USA Today and No. 1 by in the state Cal-Hi Sports, pulling out a 73-61 victory in a first-round regional playoff. The Indians lost to San Diego in the second round that year.
``I'm sure (Lynwood) wants us in the worst way,'' Hart coach Dave Munroe said.
Hart is led by 3-point shooting sensation Taylor Lilley, who scored 28 points against San Diego hitting six 3-pointers. Lilley has 116 3-pointers this season and is the Southern Section's second all-time most productive perimeter shooter, with 272 career 3-pointers.
Lynwood is coming off an 88-35 first-round trouncing of Stockdale of Bakersfield. The Knights are led by Lenita Sanford, a 6-foot-3 junior center.
Lynwood is known for employing fierce full-court pressure. The Knights field a 15-player roster and typically make five-for-five player substitutions.
``They just keep bringing the pressure,'' Munroe said. ``They're relentless.''
In 2004, then-junior guard Ashlee Trebilcock was able to beat the pressure for Hart. With Trebilcock no longer in the mix, the Indians will count on junior point guard Kortney Uchiyama and senior guards Lilley and Amanda Sreden to counter Lynwood's press.
``We have to take care of the ball, and we have to be aggressive,'' Munroe said. ``We have to attack their pressure.''
--Light work: Hart senior forward Kalana Inemer experienced knee swelling after falling late in Tuesday's game. Inemer was among several players who suffered minor injuries against a physical San Diego team.
Munroe said Wednesday's practice would consist of light work so his players can rest up for the Lynwood game after an exhausting day Tuesday.
--Biggest event? Saturday's Southern Section Div. I-A championship game between Hart and Canyon was arguably the most significant event in Santa Clarita girls' basketball history.
``To have two Santa Clarita teams in the finals in a tough division was a great accomplishment,'' Canyon coach Stan Delus said. ``I think it lets people know that there's some really good basketball going on out here.''
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Megan Ford and Hart's girls' basketball team takes on top-ranked Lynwood tonight in a Southern California semifinal.
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