Two extra wins and the Chatsworth Sierra Canyon women’ basketball workforce celebrates perfection effectively into the night time.
“Nationwide championship” is what Santa Ana Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan predicts after Sierra Canyon dispatched the Monarchs 59-47 on Saturday to enhance to 31-0 and advance to Tuesday’s Southern California Regional Open Division championship sport at house in opposition to the winner of Etiwanda and La Jolla Nation day.
“I don’t imply to curse them,” Kiernan mentioned, “however they’ve performed a extremely good job going all around the nation and taking part in everybody. They received’t get upset.”
Mater Dei (29-4) was capable of flip up the strain within the second half after trailing by 19 factors at half-time to get near 11 factors. Juju Watkins & Co. stepped ahead when wanted for the Trailblazers. Watkins completed with 26 factors and Izela Arenas made a vital 3-pointer within the fourth quarter to derail Mater Dei’s comeback hopes.
Mackenly Randolph added 13 factors for Sierra Canyon, who want yet one more win to earn a visit to Sacramento’s Golden 1 Heart to play for a second consecutive state championship on March 11.
Kiernan coached Sierra Canyon coach Alicia Komaki when she performed with Fullerton Troy. Komaki turned an assistant underneath Kiernan, the winningest women’ coach in California historical past. Now Komaki has the Trailblazers able to make historical past. She appreciated the problem Mater Dei supplied.
“You must have the ability to be challenged within the Open Division,” she mentioned. “We need to be challenged. We need to see the very best of everybody.”
Mater Dei’s future needs to be vivid as freshman Kael Wynn supplied a raise by hitting three 3-pointers.