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March 08, 2003|Martin Henderson

CITY SECTION

Tonight at the Forum

Championship Division

Harbor City Narbonne (21-6) vs. Sylmar (22-6), 7 p.m.

Top-seeded Narbonne, The Times' second-ranked team, is going after its fifth City championship and fourth in a row. Most expect it to come easily behind the play of Indi Johnson (Purdue), Jamie Funn (USC), Camille Brox (Utah State) and sophomore Camille LeNoir. Third-seeded Sylmar will probably have to score its playoff average 63.3 points behind LaShay Fears, Mariana Wrightster and Sayram Gbwayo to have any chance.

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SOUTHERN SECTION

Today at Long Beach State

Division I-A

San Clemente (26-3) vs. Newhall Hart (24-5), 8:15 p.m.

Top-seeded San Clemente is trying for its third consecutive section title in this rematch of last year's title game won by the Tritons, 67-60. Junior Lindsey Pluimer (6-3) averaged 21.4 points and 10.6 rebounds this season, while senior guard Sara Brown averaged 12.5. The pressure to contain Pluimer falls largely on senior Whitney Downen (5-11), Hart's only player taller than 5-9. Second-seeded Hart has its own scoring options in its two guards, sophomore Ashlee Trebilcock, who averages 20 points, and Loyola Marymount-bound Amanda Patton, who averages 14.

Division II-AA

Fullerton Troy (26-2) vs. Perris (25-5), 6:30 p.m.

Top-seeded Troy is in the final for the fifth time in six years. This is the fourth final for UCLA-bound Amanda Livingston (6-1), who was on Troy's only championship team in 2001. She will be matched against Arizona-bound Shannon Hobson (6-2). Troy needs a good game from junior forward Meghan McGuire (6-0), but its guards -- two freshmen and a sophomore -- must be able to handle the Perris press. The third-seeded Panthers have scored 72 or more points 19 times.

Division III-AA

Santa Margarita (25-4) vs. Lakewood Artesia (20-9), 2:45 p.m.

Top-seeded Santa Margarita is in its first title game, and second-seeded Artesia is playing for its third consecutive section championship and fourth overall. Santa Margarita has talented role players, including senior point guard Julia Pederson, who averages 14 points; senior power forward Garland Cooper (5-11), who averages 13 points, and junior center Whitney Hollison (6-3), who averages 6.5 blocks. Artesia is quicker and will try to force an up-tempo pace and score in transition. Artesia's strength is its guards, particularly seniors Brittany Imaku and Keisha Bible.

Division III-A

Torrance Bishop Montgomery (22-7) vs. La Puente Bishop Amat (28-4), 1 p.m.

These teams finished 1-2 in the Del Rey League, and top-seeded Bishop Montgomery won earlier meetings, 50-40 and 53-51 in overtime. Second-seeded Bishop Amat has strong post players in juniors Erin Myrick (6-2), who averages 17.8 points, and Chasmine Jones (5-10), who averages 14.3. But that might not matter if the Lancer guards can't get the ball past Bishop Montgomery's press. The Knights are led by two guards: UCLA-bound Noelle Quinn (6-0), who averages 25.8 points, and junior Nykia Peace, who averages 15.7. They have won three consecutive state titles and two of the last three section titles, in 2000 and '02.

Division V-A

Hesperia Christian (22-5) vs. Atascadero North County Christian (20-5), 11:15 a.m.

Senior forward Jenna Ratke leads fourth-seeded Hesperia Christian, which needed a game-winning shot from Holly Hague to beat Redlands Academy, 50-48, in the quarterfinals. Like Hesperia Christian, North County Christian is making its first appearance in a section final. The Crusaders are led by senior guard Brittany Phillips, who averaged 22 points in three playoff victories.

Division IV-A

Westlake Village Oaks Christian (21-6) vs. Burbank Bell-Jeff (23-4), 9:30 a.m.

Fourth-seeded Oaks Christian has scored fewer than 50 points only six times, and the Lions have scored 68 or more in six of their last seven games behind senior guard Cherhara Shields and junior forward Rachel Berman (6-1). Second-seeded Bell-Jeff, which won the title in 1997, is making its second championship-game appearance. Senior guard Jennae Peoples has averaged 17.8 points in the playoffs.

-- Martin Henderson

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