Diamond Ranch blasts Monrovia

first_imgOrtiz scored a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds and three blocks, and Earl finished with 17 as the No. 2 Panthers crushed the Wildcats 70-42 in Saturday’s Division II-AA quarterfinals. Diamond Ranch (27-1), which changed divisions this year, plays at Norco, a 67-58 winner over Santa Monica, in Tuesday’s semifinals. “When you have a girl who can score inside and outside (Earl) and a center (Ortiz) doing whatever she wanted around the glass, it makes it tough,” Wildcats coach Mike Wagner said. “We were hoping we could stop their inside game and make them shoot outside, but we weren’t stopping their cutters. It was ridiculous.” Monrovia (20-5) trailed 16-12 after the opening quarter, but Ortiz helped the Panthers pull away in the second quarter by scoring 15 or her 23 points on mostly putbacks and layups for a 39-21 halftime lead. “That’s what she (Ortiz) has been doing all year,” Diamond Ranch coach Vince Spirlin said. “Nina picked up her third foul (in the second quarter) and Diane just took over. She’s always been capable of doing that, and tonight she came with a real determined effort, like she always does.” • Photo Gallery: 02/24: Diamond Ranch vs. Monrovia POMONA – It can be intimidating facing the Diamond Ranch High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t lost a home game in six years and is defending CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA champion. At least that might explain the frustrated and bewildered looks on the Monrovia girls’ faces. The Wildcats figured to have enough problems against Diamond Ranch’s UCLA-bound guard Nina Earl, but with senior center Diane Ortiz cleaning up the boards and the Panthers racing to a quick lead, the Wildcats never had a chance. center_img Wagner wished he could say the same. “We knew they had a great team, and they did everything we expected them to do,” Wagner said. “But we didn’t come to play. “We gave up. I hate to say it because we had a great season. But we picked today to have a bad game.” Monrovia’s Vanessa Hernandez finished with a team-high 14 points, Shateah West scored nine points and Jasmine Gordon had eight. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more