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GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : Magnolia Tops Valencia to Earn Playoff Berth

February 11, 1995

Despite having the best overall record of three teams tied for second place in the Orange League girls' basketball race, Magnolia needed a 38-31 victory over Valencia in a third-place playoff game Friday to earn the league's final playoff berth.

Magnolia (17-7) outscored Valencia, 18-1, from the foul line; the Sentinels were 18 for 26; the Tigers were one for seven. Magnolia's Andrea Picchi scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Stacy Tewell was scoreless but added 14 rebounds to prevent Valencia (8-16) from taking advantage of its superior height.

LaQuinta Alexander scored a team-high 11 points for Valencia; Shelly Gamba's second three-point basket of the fourth quarter tied the score, 26-26, with six minutes left, but Magnolia went on a 12-2 run before Gamba made her final three-pointer.

Magnolia, Western (12-9) and Valencia were tied with 6-4 league records.

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In the Academy League:

Connelly 47, Liberty Christian 46 (OT)--Georgina Cervantes had 19 points, 11 rebounds and the game-winning basket at the buzzer for Connelly (7-9, 5-4). Cervantes grabbed an offensive rebound and scored as time ran out. Lynlee Vaccaro had 16 points for Liberty Christian (10-9, 2-7).

St. Margaret's 54, Capistrano Valley Christian 42--Jean Freeman's 24 points helped St. Margaret's (8-8, 5-4) to a second-place finish in league and a playoff berth.

In the Express League:

Harbor City Gateway 33, Heritage Christian 20--Brandy Cannon had 12 points for league champion Gateway (14-1 in league). Israel Green had eight points for Heritage Christian (6-14, 5-9).

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