L.A. Baptist heads to finals

first_imgL.A. Baptist High of North Hills’ girls’ basketball team came through with a historic victory Saturday, qualifying for a Southern Section title game for the first time after defeating Milken of Los Angeles 55-40 in the Div. V-A semifinals at Alemany High in Mission Hills. The Knights (20-6) face either Bishop Conaty or Crossroads of Santa Monica in the championship game Friday or Saturday at the Long Beach Pyramid. “It was a really good start,” said Marshall, a 5-foot-6 senior guard. “We came out strong, and the whole team played really well, then we weathered the storm. I’m so excited to reach the final because we’re making history right now.” Milken (16-6) didn’t score its first field goal until more than six minutes into the first quarter, when Caitlyn Campos broke the drought with a running hook shot. The Wildcats again had problems scoring in the second quarter, failing to convert a field goal until Kiri Kennedy’s 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the half. Kennedy added two more baskets before intermission to help Milken cut the lead to 31-14 at halftime. Marshall scored 10 points in 13 minutes in the first half. She sat out part of the second quarter after picking up her second foul, then scored 12 points in the third quarter to help keep pesky Milken buried “We’re definitely a momentum-driven team so it’s always nice to get a good start, but I never did relax much,” coach Mary Christiansen said. “I’m pretty excited. We’re the No. 1 seed, and this is something we’ve been working for all year. It’s one thing to be the No.1 seed, and it’s another to make it all the way to the finals. You’ve got to take the steps to get it done.” Christina Cherry and Alyse Scramozzno added nine points for L.A. Baptist, and Alysha Martin and Ariana Shayan scored six. Milken’s Rebecca Finkel scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Kim Hakim added eight points, and Sam Klein scored six. Despite the loss, this was Milken’s finest basketball season ever, as the Wildcats advanced to the section semifinals for the first time. “I think we were intimidated, but we brought it back up,” Milken’s Alisa Surowitz said. “It was a good season. We were co-champions of our league, and this is the first time a girls’ team from our school has gone this far.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Adreanna Marshall led the way with 24 points, connecting on 8 of 18 shots and 8 of 11 freethrows with three steals. Employing a relentless defense and fast-paced offense, L.A. Baptist reeled off the first 11 points and jumped to a 28-5 lead midway through the second quarter. last_img read more