GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: FLINTRIDGE PREP STEALS DIV. IV-A SEMIFINAL.
It was a shot four years in the making for Laurel Myers, and it was a steal Kenny Fisher had waited his entire coaching career for.
Myers' 8-foot shot with 17 seconds remaining increased Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge's lead to three points in Saturday night's Southern Section Div.IV-A girls' basketball semifinal.
But it was freshman Megan Musashi who denied a potential tying 3-pointer from Beaumont's Hannah Price by intercepting a pass with 4 seconds left to seal the visiting Rebels' 48-45 victory at Redlands High.
"That (steal) was beautiful," said Fisher, whose team advanced to a championship game for the first time in program history. "We asked them to switch (screens), and that's exactly what they did."
Price led No. 6 Beaumont (24-3) with 27 points, including five 3- pointers, but she was held scoreless for the final 4:35, thanks to a determined defensive effort from Courtney Robinson and Musashi.
Robinson also provided the biggest 3-pointer of the game for the second- seeded Rebels (24-3), burying a shot from the top of the key with 1:31 left to give Flintridge Prep a 46-44 lead.
Beaumont's Joanna Hernandez made one of two free throws with 37 seconds left to cut the deficit to 46-45. On Flintridge Prep's ensuing possession, Myers received a pass along the right baseline, hesitated at first, then buried her third basket of the final quarter to give the Rebels some breathing room.
"I thought the shot wasn't going to go in, and I said, 'Please Lord, let it drop,'" said Myers, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Robinson led the Rebels with 14 points, Christina Watson added 11 points and nine rebounds and Jordan Toyama contributed eight points.
Flintridge Prep will play top-seeded Laguna Hills or No.4 Sierra Vista of Baldwin Park on Friday or Saturday at The Pyramid in Long Beach.
Village Christian 52, Villanova Prep 31: After trailing at halftime, Villanova Prep of Ojai came from behind and beat second-seeded Village Christian of Sun Valley in the Div.V-AA semifinal playoff game. Alex Dill and Jessie Allen scored 13 points apiece for Village Christian, which finished the season 24-6. Kaitlin Reilly scored eight for Villanova.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Feb 25, 2007|
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