Kathy Torres scored 14 points and Kim Weich added 12 Wednesday night to lead Santa Clara High of Oxnard past San Marcos, 53-42, in the first round of the Division II Girls' Southern Regional basketball playoffs at Ventura College.
Robin Paladino scored 14 points to lead San Marcos (26-3). The Knights, after a basket by Paladino led, 2-0, before Santa Clara took over. Torres scored her team's first five points and helped Santa Clara to a 19-12 lead after the first quarter.
Santa Clara pushed its lead to 31-19 at halftime. Santa Clara (25-4) moves into the Southern Regional finals Saturday night in the Los Angeles Sports Arena.