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Prep Girls Basketball Playoffs: Oak Hills wins program's first playoff game
HESPERIA • The Oak Hills girls basketball team won a playoff game for the first time in program history with a 63-51 victory over Redlands East Valley in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A playoffs.
The game was played at Hesperia High because the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Wrestling Championships were taking place at Oak Hills.
The Bulldogs (22-5) led the entire game and held a commanding 31-14 lead at halftime. REV (13-14) gave Oak Hills a scare though with a big third quarter that cut the lead to five.
But Oak Hills found its groove again in the fourth, outscoring the Wildcats 20-13 to coast to victory.
“It’s the girls’ first CIF playoff win ever, and I’m very proud of the young ladies for that,” Oak Hills coach Kelly Hennessy said. “Redlands has always been tough in Division 2A and they were AA last year and they play in a good league.”
Sophomore Jannon Otto led the Bulldogs with 23 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, four assists and three blocked shots.
Karyna Quintanilla contributed 18 points and Libby Harrison added 10 points. Kortney Bridges didn’t score any points but was the team’s leading rebounder with 11 boards.
Oak Hills overcame the fact that Otto and starter Bree Maikai fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Hennessey said Maikai held REV’s leading scorer, Natalie Ruhl, to one point through the first three quarters. Ruhl entered the night averaging 15.4 points per game.
“She did a really good job on defense,” Hennessey said. “Her defense was a real game-changer.”
A total of six players fouled out in the game, including REV’s top four scorers.
“In the first half we were off. In that third quarter we got up and applied pressure to get back to our form,” REV coach Robert Tompkins said. “They were a good team and they passed well. What worried me most about Oak Hills was they had size on us.”
Gray Sydney led the Wildcats with 14 points and Brianna Bishop added 13.
REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (51)
Sydney 14, Bishop 13, Ruhl 8, Hardrick 5, Smith 5, Cook 4, Bates 2.
OAK HILLS (63)
Otto 23, Quintanilla 18, Harrison 10, Lopez 7, Maikai 3, Nunez 2.
REV 7 7 24 13 — 51
Oak Hills 13 18 12 20 — 63
3-point field goals — Redlands East Valley 3 (Bishop 2, Smith); Oak Hills 1 (Otto). Fouled Out — Smith, Ruhl, Hardrick, Sydney (R); Maikai, Otto (O).