One step closer, South Pasadena High’s girls’ basketball team is now three wins away from completing a dream season.
Yet, the emphasis is on one game at a time as the Tigers, winners of their first two CIF-Southern Section playoff games, look to claim the 2AA title.
The road to get there won’t be easy as they go on the road for a 7 p.m. encounter Wednesday night to face Mark Keppel.
Making it happen, the Tigers opened the playoffs with a convincing 56-52 win over Glendora last Thursday in first round action and backed that up two nights later with a second round 48-33 victory over Flintridge Prep, both on the road.
While the Tigers put up plenty of points to win it, it was their defense in their latest triumph, especially in the third quarter when they held the Wolves scoreless, that was the difference. South Pasadena trailed by a point at the half, before shutting down the Flintridge Prep offense while putting up 13 points of its own in the decisive third period.
“What makes this team so good is their strong defensive strategy and their ability to adapt during the game,” explained South Pasadena High Athletic Director CB Richards after it was over. “They showed resilience and discipline, particularly in the second half, which allowed them to turn the game around and secure the victory.”
Kayla Boozer had another standout performance for the Tigers against Flintridge Prep, scoring 22 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Teammate Dylan Tse added another 13 points and three key steals while Richards singled out Maddie Park, saying she “showcased exceptional defensive prowess in the second half.”
With a strong test ahead of them, South Pasadena will now take on a talented Mark Keppel squad coming off a 67-57 win over Mira Costa. The Aztecs are 20-10 overall and won the Almont League with a perfect 10-0 record.
Not accustomed to losing, the Tigers improved to 26-4 with Saturday’s victory over the Wolves, who lost for only the second time, finishing with an impressive 25-2 mark. A year ago, Flintridge Prep was crowned as the CIF-SS 3AA champions.
“The victory against Flintridge Prep highlights their strong teamwork, defense, and ability to execute their game plan effectively,” said Richards as the Tigers move forward. “As they advance to the quarterfinals, the team remains focused and determined to continue their success in the playoffs.”