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Mount Miguel finds way to win slugfest

03/15/2014, 10:55pm PDT
By Bill Dickens, Special to the U-T

Matadors, Mater Dei Catholic, Horizon Christian, LJ Country Day reach regional semis

Mount Miguel's Deijah Blanks (with the ball, in a game earlier this season) scored a game-high 24 points in the Matadors' win over Selma on Saturday.

— Mount Miguel advanced to within one game of the Southern California Regional Division III final Saturday, defeating Selma 68-61 in a physical game.

After falling behind 10-3 in the first 3 minutes, the fourth-seeded Matadors (27-5) turned on the jets, outscored the Bears 16-2, and never looked back.

“We started out a little bit sluggish, but once we gained control, we were able to keep things going our way,” said Dejanay Pope, who led the Matadors with 11 rebounds.

Selma kept within striking distance by converting 28 of 45 free throws.

Mount Miguel coach Robbie Sandoval blamed the officials for what he said was a “poorly called game.”

“Officials are not supposed to be noticed in a state playoff game,” Sandoval said, “but these guys were trying to dominate us.”

Mount Miguel’s Deijah Blanks scored a game-high 24 points, connecting on 9 of 22 shots from the field.

“It’s like Coach says, it’s win, survive and advance,” Blanks said.

Zaria Branch added 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting for the Matadors, who will face top-seeded Santa Barbara in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Other highlights

Three other teams reached the regional semifinals.

Division IV girls: Visiting Mater Dei Catholic upset No. 3 Torrance Bishop Montgomery 46-45.

Division V girls: Horizon Christian topped No. 1 L.A. Ribet 55-53.

Division V girls: La Jolla Country Day dominated Edwards AFB Desert 55-29.

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