Stanford-bound Kiki Iriafen of Harvard-Westlake has enjoyed many outstanding basketball games in her four-year high school career, but Saturday¨s performance in the opening round of the Southern Section Open Division girls¨ playoffs will be hard to top.
Playing against a fellow McDonald¨s All-American in USC-bound Rayah Marshall of Lynwood, the 6-foot-3 Iriafen responded with 37 points and 24 rebounds in Harvard-Westlake¨s 80-54 victory.
＾I was fired up because it was playoffs,￣ she said. ＾I was excited.￣
Kiki Iriafen. She has 11 points. pic.twitter.com/x4InQQmyeE
！ eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) May 29, 2021
Asked if it was the best performance she has seen from Iriafen, Harvard-Westlake coach Melissa Hearlihy said, ＾Best game of the year for sure. She came ready to go.￣
The third-seeded Wolverines, 1-0 in Pool B, will face Etiwanda at home Wednesday. Marshall contributed 27 points for Lynwood, which also had problems with Iriafen¨s teammates. Ko Katzaroff had 14 points. Melissa Zozulenko contributed three baskets in the third quarter.
As for Iriafen¨s rebounding excellence, Hearlihy said, ＾She¨s so quick to the ball.￣
Corona Centennial 100, West Torrance 68: The No. 1-seeded Huskies improved to 20-0.
Santa Ana Mater Dei 65, Etiwanda 56: The No. 2-seeded Monarchs won their opener.
Bishop Montgomery 73, Camarillo 72: Gabriela Jaquez scored 52 points for Camarillo, but the Scorpions fell on a last-second basket. Kylee Pepe scored 24 points for Bishop Montgomery.
This is the 41st goal for sophomore sensation Alyssa Thompson of Harvard-Westlake. 2-0 lead. Courtesy Jason Kelly. pic.twitter.com/5n4v1ZSxXM
！ eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) May 30, 2021
Harvard-Westlake 5, Villa Park 0: The fastest, most dynamic girls¨ soccer player in California, if not the nation, is sophomore Alyssa Thompson, and she was at her best in the Division 1 championship match.
She scored her 41st, 42nd and 43rd goals of the season and led unbeaten Harvard-Westlake to its 16th consecutive victory and a fourth Southern Section soccer championship. The Wolverines also received goals from Brooke Stanford and Natalie Barnoux. Sophia Haynes provided a couple assists.
Coach Richard Simms guided a team with five sets of sisters.
Alyssa Thompson scores her hat-trick goal. Harvard-Westlake leads Villa Park 4-0 in the 45th minute. @latsondheimer @Tarek_Fattal pic.twitter.com/YMJ99AP897
！ Harvard-Westlake (@hwathletics) May 30, 2021
Villa Park came in 16-0-3, but Thompson has been close to unstoppable this season because of her speed.
La Mirada 2, Saugus 1: Marissa Marquez scored in sudden death to give La Mirada the victory in the Division 2 final.
Salesian 1, Norte Vista 0: In the Division 3 championship final, Freddy Santos scored in the first half to help Salesian win the championship.
Newport Harbor takes the four-set win on this kill by Brendan Read. Sailors back to the finals for the third consecutive postseason. @DailyPilotSport @NHHSailors @NHAthleticfund pic.twitter.com/VmczLANQW0
！ Andrew Turner (@AndrewTurnerTCN) May 30, 2021
Newport Harbor def. Loyola 3-1: Brothers Brendan and Jake Read helped Newport Harbor stun the No. 1-seeded Cubs (10-1) in a semifinal match of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. The Sailors won set four 25-12. They are the defending champions and advance to next Saturday¨s final.
Huntington Beach def. Servite 3-2: The Oilers pulled out the Division 2 semifinal despite 36 kills from Servite¨s Tetairoa McMillan.
Westchester 66, Palisades 40: The Comets finished the regular season 9-0. TJ Wainwright scored 15 points.
Granada Hills 57, Grant 41: The Highlanders helped their Open Division playoff hopes with a victory over previously unbeaten Grant. Gary Ekmekjian scored 21 points.