Robbie Berwick scored a team-high 23 points, and Kevin Woodard had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Atascadero High boys basketball team kicked off its CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs by defeating Leuzinger 66-55 Wednesday night in Atascadero.
Woodard scored the first eight points of the game for the Greyhounds (23-2), who struggled shooting early, but compensated with Berwick drives and dishes to Woodard.
Atascadero, the division’s No. 2 seed, advances to host No. 15 San Marcos on Friday night.
The Olympians (10-18), who graduated 11 players from the squad that eliminated the Greyhounds last year, got a game-high 29 points from Davon Abner and 10 points from Isaac Stell.
The teams were tied at 15 after one quarter before Jared Stuedemann hit Atascadero’s first 3-pointer of the game with 30 seconds left in the half, helping give the home team a 34-28 lead at the break.
Stuedemann finished with three of the Greyhounds’ five 3s before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Joe Johnson also scored 12 and helped key a defense that forced 15 turnovers to Atascadero’s 10.
The Greyhounds held Abner to just one point in the third quarter, and outscored the team from Lawndale 16-8 in the frame.
Abner came back to score nine points in the fourth as Leuzinger stayed within single digits, but Woodard scored an and-1 layup, and Berwick scooped a feed from Stuedemann off the glass to keep the Royals at bay.
Atascadero shot just 13 of 24 from the free-throw line, but Johnson made a pair of foul shots after Abner pulled his team within 62-55 to ice the game.
Mission Prep 82, Milken 58
Quinton Adlesh led the Royals with 24 points and 11 assists to advance out of the first round of the Division 4AA playoffs.
Mission Prep (22-4) went into the half up by two, but a 29-point third quarter compared to Milken’s six allowed the Royals to put the game out of reach.
Providence 77, Shandon 54
The Outlaws came back from a 16-point halftime deficit to pull within two points at the start of the fourth quarter, but the
Patriots hit five 3-point shots in a row and pulled away in the fourth.
Cicero Goodard, the leading scorer all season, had a team-high 43 points for Shandon (12-9) in the Division 6 first-round playoff game.
“We tried to play catch-up all night,” Shandon coach Michael Hove said. “And we just couldn’t do it. We’ll come back next year and do it again. We only had one senior on the team.”
Atascadero 4, Bishop Montgomery 2
Rachel Andrade led the Greyhounds with two goals in their Division 3 wild-card playoff victory.
Andrade scored in the first 20 minutes of the game to give Atascadero (14-11-1) a 1-0 lead and then again in the second half to regain the lead at 3-2.
Nique Mack and Sierra Walcott also netted goals for the Greyhounds, and Emily Johnson had eight saves.
Atascadero will play at Los Altos, the division’s No. 2 seed, Friday.
Heritage Christian 4, Templeton 0
Sammy Schmidt recorded two saves for the Eagles (9-16) in their Division 5 wild-card playoff loss.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Los Osos 24, Atascadero 5
The defending champions knocked the Greyhounds out of the Division 3 playoffs.
Kylie Ferree scored all five goals for Atascadero (16-9).