Before the Narbonne High girls basketball team hit the floor against Gardena, Gauchos coach Tim Barnes said that his players are going to play like they are the best team in the CIF L.A. City Section.
Against the Panthers on Wednesday, the Gauchos got balanced scoring from Ify Ibekwe (12 points), Gabrielle Clark (11), Amber Scruggs (11) and others as they led by 20 points at halftime and went on to soundly defeat the visitors 76-22 in a Marine League matchup.
"Our last game will probably be against Washington on Friday," said Ibekwe. "We've worked so hard individually and as a team to get where we are. We deserve to be in the playoffs. But if we don't get in, no one can take away our pride. We are 25-3. You can't take it away from us."
With the win, Narbonne improved to 10-0 in league. If the Gauchos can't get a court order to intervene with a CIF ruling that keeps them out of the playoffs, their season will end at home against Washington at 7 p.m. on Friday.
- Earl Williams
South Gate 49, L.A. Jordan 44
Junior guard Monique Puentes scored 25 points, and junior forward Brittany Acosta had 11 as the Rams (4-12, 3-8) defeated the host Bulldogs in an Eastern League game.
Junior forward Natalie Aguilar made three free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
St. Anthony 74, St. Genevieve 59
Senior center Howard Douglas scored 27 points, and senior forward Michael Cotton had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Saints (23-3, 8-0) ended the regular season by beating the visiting Valiants (3-4 league) in a Santa Fe League game.
Jon Carcamo also scored 10 points for St. Anthony, which won a league championship for the first time in 19 years. The Saints captured the Santa Fe League title last Friday with a win over Salesian.
Avalon 53, Tarbut V'Torah 47
Senior center Nick Radde and senior guard Cesar Ocampo each had 15 points to lead the Lancers (12-5, 4-4) past the host Lions in a San Joaquin League game.
Chaz Delehant also scored 14 points for Avalon, which will play at Torah again today at 10 a.m.
King-Drew 59, Washington 47
Senior guard Aaron Hill scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half to help the Golden Eagles (22-6, 12-0) beat the host Generals (14-8, 7-4) in the final Marine League game of the season.
Timothy Thompson also had 10 points and 10 rebounds for King-Drew, which will play again in the first round of the L.A. City Section playoffs on Tuesday.
The seedings come out 11 a.m. Saturday.
Jordan 2, Compton 1
Jesse Castaneda and Danny Vazquez each scored for the Panthers (12-6-2, 6-4-2), who closed their Moore League schedule with three consecutive victories.
Millikan 6, Lakewood 2
Senior midfielder Gerardo Garcia had three assists to set a school record with 35 for his career in a Moore League victory.
Millikan (25-1-3 overall) finished league play at 8-1-3 and in second place.
Senior forward Noe Medina and junior midfielder Salvador Melendrez each scored two goals for the Rams.
Gahr 4, Downey 0
Sophomore forward Gerardo Navarro recorded a hat trick, and senior goalkeeper Eder Garcia made three saves to record the shutout as the Gladiators (8-5-6, 2-4-4) defeated the visiting Vikings in a San Gabriel Valley League game.
Girls water polo
Los Alamitos 6, Edison 3
Kaylee Miller scored four goals and Allie Taylor made five saves for the visiting Griffins (4-1) in Sunset League play.
Los Alamitos hosts Wilson on Friday in a nonleague game at the Joint Forces Training Base.