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Prep Girls Basketball Playoffs: Mission Prep, Templeton to meet again in semifinals

The rematch is set.

With both the Mission Prep and Templeton High girls basketball teams winning Wednesday, the two will meet for the second time this season with the rematch Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA semifinals at Templeton.

“It’s going to be tough,” Mission Prep coach John Krossa. “Templeton is going to be a great game. The place is going to be hopping, and it’s going to be a really interesting and fun Central Coast battle.”

The Royals (27-1) defeated Aquinas 57-30 at home in the quarterfinals of the 5AA playoffs to force the rematch, with four players in double figures. Morgan Liebscher led the Royals with 14, Kaylee Williams and Bri Harvey both scored 12 points and Jenna Dunbar scored 10.

“We came in a little bit flat, but I think all the hard work this year paid off,” Krossa said. “We can play a game not at our best and still take care of our business.”

Templeton (22-7) defeated St. Margaret’s 57-44 on the road, with Mari Stewart scoring a team high 25 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Lauren Stuedemann also had a double-double for Templeton with 13 points and 11 assists.

The two teams met earlier this season on Jan. 6, where Mission Prep edged the Eagles 44-31 after outscoring Templeton 27-13 in the second half.

Atascadero 60, St. Lucy’s 55

Emily Boege led the Greyhounds (18-8) with 15 points, and Casey Nero added 14 in their home victory over the Regents in the quarterfinals of the Division 3A playoffs.

Atascadero took an early lead with an 18-5 run to open the first quarter and never relinquished the lead. The game did get close toward the end, though, as the Greyhounds were tied with St. Lucy’s at 54 with 1:02 left. Atascadero then outscored the Regents 6-1 in the final 62 seconds en route to the win.

Mary Kate Evans, the Greyhounds’ leading scorer, left the game halfway through the third quarter with a knee injury. It is uncertain whether Evans will play in the team’s next game.

“It was a great team effort,” Atascadero coach Jim Stecher said. “Mary Kate went down in the third quarter, but everyone stepped up and we were able to hold on to win.”

The Greyhounds will play at No. 1 seeded Oak Park on Saturday in the semifinals.

Orangewood 54, North County Christian 52, OT

The Crusaders (15-3) fell in the quarterfinals of the Division 6 playoffs to the Orangewood Spartans in overtime.

Brianna Feld led North County Christian with 28 points and nine steals, and Mandy Legault added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Crusaders erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit with Legault scoring the game-tying layup to send the game into overtime. But North County Christian was outscored 10-8 in overtime.

Jareni Nunez and Raquel Spencer combined to score all 54 of Orangewood’s points with Nunez scoring 31, and Spencer adding 23.

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