Lancers rally for victory
Walnut, which received a game-high 18 points from junior Richelle Najera, finished 26-7. “I didn’t want (Walnut) to get excited about their shooting, and obviously they did,” said La Serna coach Steve Hemenway, whose Lancers saw the Mustangs make three 3-pointers in the first three minutes for an 11-2 lead. “We just broke down a little bit on the defensive end \, not understanding what I wanted to get done. “But I’m just glad they didn’t shoot well at the end of the game, because that’s all that matters.” Walnut, which also received nine points each from Crystal Kim and Stephanie Monte, prevented any chance of that by committing 21 turnovers. The miscues allowed the Lancers to slowly cut into the deficit before using a 9-2 run, aided by three Walnut turnovers, to gain a comfortable 39-32 margin late in the third quarter. • Photo Gallery: 2/21: Walnut vs. La Serna WHITTIER – La Serna High School started slow, finished strong and now finds itself two wins away from a CIF-Southern Section girls basketball title. The Lancers, receiving solid performances from Natalee Venegas and Jenna French, overcame a nine-point deficit in the first quarter to score a 54-49 victory over visiting Walnut in a Division III-A quarterfinal on Wednesday. La Serna (25-3), the division’s No. 2 seed, advanced to Saturday’s semifinals to face Colony at a site to be determined today by coin flip. “We just came up against a team like us that plays great pressure defense,” Walnut coach Lori Huckler said. “They are a very good team, and we didn’t make the adjustments we needed to make.” Walnut cut the deficit to 43-40 in fourth quarter, but layups by Jamie Coins, Annie Failla and Venegas pushed the advantage to 51-43 with just over a minute left to play. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!