“We led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, but it was a hard 10 points to get,” Etiwanda coach Robert Siler said. “I knew it would still be a game, because they are a talented and physical team. They are as good as anybody we have played all year.” Diamond Ranch 70, Monrovia 42 Diane Ortiz scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had two blocks to lead the Panthers (28-1) past Monrovia (20-5) and kept their hopes alive to win a second-straight CIF Southern Section Title. Nina Earl contributed 17 points and seven rebounds for Diamond Ranch, which led 39-21at halftime on the strength of of 25 steals. Diamond Ranch’s title last year was in Division III-AA. Miller 72, Corona Santiago 38 RANCHO CUCAMONGA -In a test of defense and willpower, Etiwanda’s girls basketball team made some big plays in the final quarter to win its playoff game against Anaheim Esperanza on Saturday night. The Eagles overcame foul trouble and a stubborn defense to earn a 41-31 victory in the third round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs. Etiwanda (24-5) will meet A. B. Miller in Tuesday night’s semifinals. “It was a very different type of game,” Esperanza coach Matt Roberts said. “We came out flat and had a hard time putting the ball in the hoop.” The contest matched two teams with impressive credentials and undefeated league records – Etiwanda winning the Baseline League and Esperanza topping the Sunset League. Esperanza set a school record by allowing only 37 points per game, but Etiwanda held the Aztecs scoreless until 5:39 remained in the second quarter. Breanna Hall and Keisha Mackall each scored 16 points as the top-seeded Rebels (27-2) defeated the Sharks in the quarterfinals. Chloe Wells added 14, while younger sister Lola followed with 13. Miller plays Etiwanda on Tuesday at a site to be determined. DIVISION II-A Ayala 72, Placentia Valencia 36 Junior forward Rebecca Gardner had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six steals to pace the Bulldogs (26-3) past the Tigers (24-6) and reach the semifinals for the first time in seven years. Ariel Marsh contributed 19 points, including four 3-pointers, as Ayala gained a 36-18 advantage at the half. The Bulldogs then locked down on defense, allowing only two field goals in the second half. Ayala will face Perris at Paloma Valley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. DIVISION III-A Colony 65, La Serna 43 Junior Amani Butler scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, 10 assists and eight steals to lead the Titans (18-10) to their first-ever finals appearance. Camille Buckley followed with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Titans. Colony plays Silverado at Long Beach State on Friday or Saturday. BOYS DIVISION IV-A Ontario Christian 65, Huntington Beach Brethren Christian 42 Justus Jones had 18 points and seven rebounds and John Oldengarm added 12 points and eight rebounds for second-seeded Ontario Christian (23-5) against fourth-seeded Brethren Christian (16-13) at Oxford Academy. The Knights advanced to the division finals for the second time in the last three years. Derrick Conner had 11 points for Brethren Christian. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!