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Bishop Montgomery High's Justin Bibbins attempts a three-pointer in last Friday's Del Rey League boys' basketball showdown against Serra.
Bishop Montgomery High's Justin Bibbins attempts a three-pointer in last Friday's Del Rey League boys' basketball showdown against Serra.
Joseph Snyder

The local prep boys' and girls' basketball league races are still going, although both Bay League champions are settled as Redondo captured the boys' crown by rolling over last place West Torrance, 79-31, last Friday at Redondo, and West girls captured the Bay crown with a 63-44 win over cellar dwelling Lawndale Leuzinger on Tuesday at West.

It was the second consecutive Bay crown for the Warriors, who, last season, tied Manhattan Beach Mira Costa for the title.

Againt the Olympians, West, who improved to 25-3 overall and 8-1 in league and is the top ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA, Amie Nelson led the team with 17 points followed closely by Kylie Fujioka with 16 and Kayla Sato with 15.

Brooke Scott led Leuzinger, who is under first year head coach Bo Corona who had success at previous high schools in Inglewood St. Mary's Academy and Playa del Rey St. Bernard, with 11 points. The Olympians are 9-16 overall and 0-9 in the rugged Bay.

The Warriors enjoyed a critical 59-47 win over host Redondo (16-9, 6-3) on Friday. The Lady Sea Hawks clinched a Southern Section Division IIAA playoff spot by routing Palos Verdes, 56-18, on Tuesday at Redondo.

After Redondo's boys crushed the Warriors (6-19, 0-9), the Sea Hawks welcomed the return of standout junior Jeremiah Headley, who was out with a fractured foot, last Tuesday at Redondo. Headley scored six points to help the Sea Hawks improve to 21-4 overall and 9-0 in Bay action with a 73-39 win over Palos Verdes.

Sophomore Leland Greene led the Sea Hawks (ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA but will most likely be selected to play in the first ever prestigious Southern Section Open Division) with 16 points including an inspiring second quarter slam dunk that began Redondo to break open a close early game.

Terrell Carter added 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and Ian Fox chipped in 10 points.

Redondo finishes league at Leuzinger, while the Sea Kings host Mira Costa in league finales on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Palos Verdes, who improved to 5-4 in league, is already in the Division IIA playoffs and had its first win in seven years over hill rival Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula, 65-58, last Friday at P.V.

The Panthers (6-3 in league) topped Mira Costa, 62-53, on Tuesday at Peninsula.

In the Del Rey League, it appears that Serra and Bishop Montgomery are going to finish in a deadlock for the league title after the Knights avenged an earlier 71-70 loss to the Cavaliers with a 65-51 victory last Friday at Serra.

Cold shooting from the field and free throw line plagued the Cavaliers (19-7, 6-1) as the Knights (22-4, 6-1) made key baskets to pull away in the fourth quarter.

Bishop Montgomery was led by Stephen Thompson, Jr. with a game-high 30 points. Long Beach State-bound Justin Bibbins contributed 12 points.

Tavrion Dawson led Serra with 24 points. Chez Lister finished with nine points.

Dawson continued on a tear with 30 points in the Cavaliers' 79-57 win at St. Bernard on Monday.

Kristopher Martin put in 14 points and Lafayette Dorsey had 10 points and seven assists for Serra.

At Bishop Montgomery on Monday, the Knights crushed Pasadena La Salle, 98-44.

Thompson led Bishop Montgomery with 31 points, followed by Bibbins with 25.

The Knights finished their league on Monday and the Cavaliers closed today at Bishop Amat in La Puente.

Also on Monday, Westchester rolled to a 10-0 Western League and is ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I after downing host Fairfax, 77-60.

The Comets started fast by taking a 27-13 first quarter lead.

Guard-forward Elijah Stewart led Westchester (23-5 overall) with 24 points, 16 of those in the second half. He also had eight rebounds, four steals and three three-point baskets.

Forward Cameron Young had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Myles Stewart tallied 12 p oints and guard Leon Gooden totaled nine points on three three-pointers. Ellis Sallahudin had seven assists.

Forward Sage Woodruff led the Lions with 14 points.

Westchester visited West L.A. University today and close Western action at home against Los Angeles Center of Enriched Studies (LACES) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Here is Snyder's South Bay top 10 and, for a little look at who might be in the Southern Section boys' and girls' Open Division, the top 20 overall in the Southern Section:

South Bay: Boys: 1. Redondo, 2. Westchester, 3. Bishop Montgomery, 4. Serra, 5. Narbonne, 6. Lawndale, 7. Inglewood, 8. Peninsula, 9. North Torrance, 10. Mira Costa.

Girls: 1. Serra, 2. West Torrance, 3. Narbonne, 4. Bishop Montgomery, 5. Culver City, 6. Redondo, 7. Peninsula, 8. Mira Costa, 9. Inglewood, 10. Carson.

Southern Section Overall: Boys: 1. Santa Ana Mater Dei, 2. L.A. Loyola, 3. Etiwanda, 4. Corona Centennial, 5. Riverside J.W. North, 6. Redondo, 7. Bellflower St. John Bosco, 8. Chino Hills, 9. Torrance Bishop Montgomery, 10. Long Beach Poly, 11. Lakewood Mayfair, 12. Gardena Serra, 13. Lake Forest El Toro, 14. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, 15. Rancho Cucamonga, 16. Compton, 17. Mission Hills Alemany, 18. Mission Viejo, 19. L.A. Cathedral, 20. West Hills Chaminade.

Girls: 1. Santa Ana Mater Dei, 2. Long Beach Poly, 3. Gardena Serra, 4. Mar Vista Windward, 5. Etiwanda, 6. Camarillo, 7. Mission Hills Alemany, 8. Fullerton Troy, 9. Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, 10. Lynwood, 11. West Hills Chaminade, 12. Vista Murrieta, 13. Ventura, 14. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, 15. San Bernardino Cajon, 16. West Torrance, 17. Alhambra Mark Keppel, 18. Corona Santiago, 19. La Verne Bonita, 20. Long Beach Millikan.

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