At the start

Wildcat Israel Goldsmith (25) goes up for the tipoff at home against La Quinta Wednesday, Feb. 12.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Twentynine Palms High School girls varsity basketball teams’ trip through the 2020 CIF Southern Section 3AA basketball playoffs ended with a 37-33 home loss to Villa Park Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Wildcats kept things close early in a low-scoring contest, which saw Villa Park holding a 10-9 edge at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats outscored Villa Park 12-6 to build a 21-16 halftime lead and built a 30-20 lead in the third quarter before Villa Park went on a 17-3 run to take the game.

“The Villa Park playoff game was a tough loss 37-33,” coach Tim Stanford said. “We played great team defense. Our defense was good enough to win the game.

“Offensively, we moved the ball extremely well; we just didn’t shoot a good enough percentage to win the game. We shot 22 percent as a team on the night.

“The girls had a great season with 21 wins and nine losses.

“We play in a very tough Division 3AA. Villa Park is from Orange County. They have a school population of over 2300 kids.”

Kate Bobadilla had 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, five deflections, two steals, and one block.

Breyonna Bell had seven points, two rebounds, three deflections, three steals and one bock.

Riley King had six points on three of four shooting, 10 rebounds, one deflection, one block and one steal.

Taylor Scamman had six points, 15 rebounds, four assists, six deflections, three steals and two blocks.

Jhordan Stanley had two points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

“This season must be looked at as a success,” Stanford said.

“A 21 win season is something to be proud of; we had five wonderful seniors this year; Taylor Scamman, Riley King, Jhordan Stanley, Victoria Pacheco and Mahiya Ellis. Our senior manager was Deje Brewer.

“We have a talented group of young players returning for next year’s squad. The future is bright.”

Getting into the second round

Twentynine Palms punched its ticket to the second round by beating Cabrillo High School 50-33 at home Thursday, Feb. 13.

The Wildcats led through most of the night but Cabrillo kept things close through the third quarter, which ended with the Wildcats holding onto a 34-29 lead.

The home team shifted into another gear in the fourth quarter, outscoring Cabrillo 16-4 to pull away and seal the win.

Kate Bobadilla had 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Riley King had 12 points, four rebounds and six blocks.

Bre Bell had 11 points and five steals. Taylor Scamman had two points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.

“We played great team defense,” coach Tim Stanford said. “We held Cabrillo’s top two scorers to half their scoring averages. All 11 players contributed to the win. These girls have had an outstanding attitude all year long; they have been open to the learning process, and they have improved every practice.”

Villa Park earned a spot in the second round with a 55-26 win over Woodbridge High School of Irvine.

The Spartans earned a 5-1 league record in the regular season and finished tied for first place, with El Dorado, in the North Hills League.

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