Haynes gets winner for Taft in OT

first_imgFreshman Rmanii Haynes dribbled from beyond half court and made a layup with nine seconds remaning in overtime, giving host Taft of Woodland Hills a 44-43 victory Tuesday night over Pacifica of Oxnard in a Southern California Regional first-round game of the Division I girls’ basketball state playoffs. “Rmanii did it. Rmanii did it. She came through for us on a night we did not come to play,” Taft coach Mark Drucker said. Amber Dixon’s steal and layup finally gave Taft the lead with a minute left. But Janessa Martinez came through for Pacifica (20-11) with a layup with two seconds remaining to force the extra period. Pacifica had leads of three points twice in overtime but Taft (24-2) would not go away. Sophomore Joy Hubbard buried a 15-foot jumper and Haynes’ heroics won the game after Taft deflected the ball off a Pacifica player with 15 seconds left. “We left our game at the Sports Arena when we won the City title Saturday,” said Drucker, whose team won its 24th consecutive game. “They did a great job on our post players inability to play defense. We came out flat and couldn’t shoot a lick. We were so lethargic out there but pulled it out in the end.” Taft, coming off its first title in school history, scored only six points the first 12:36 of the game. Dixon finished with nine points for Taft and Davis scored seven. Taft plays at A.B. Miller of Fontana (31-2) in. Thursday’s regional quarterfinals – Jacob H. Pollon After being held scoreless the first fiveminutes of the fourth quarter, Taft rallied. Nayshon Williams’ layup, two free throws from Haynes and a 12-foot jumper from Autumn Davis pulled the Toreadors within a point with 1:50 left. center_img OTHER STATE PLAYOFF GAMES DIVISION I Long Beach Poly 79, Grant 23: Amanda Corona had seven points and Arpine Armikhanyan added six for visiting Grant of Van Nuys (19-2). Jasmine Dixon led Poly (32-1), ranked No. 2 in the nation, with 23 points. DIVISION IV L.A. Baptist 60, LACES 58: With 13seconds remaining and the score tied, L.A. Baptist of North Hills’ Christina Cherry drove to the basket and was fouled. The senior calmly sank both free throws and led the host Knights to a first-round victory over ninth-seeded LACES (6-15). Cherry compiled a triple-double with 23points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks for eighth-seeded L.A. Baptist (22-6). Andreanna Marshall, who leads the area in scoring with 26.8 points per game, was held to a season-low eight points. “(Cherry) came out big,” L.A. Baptist coach Mary Christiansen said. “(Marshall) was a bit off and had to distribute the ball more.” The Knights will play at Marlborough of Los Angeles (23-6) on Thursday. – Steve Vranau 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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