Road wins from MiraCosta and Mission highlight opening round of women's basketball playoffs

Jesenia Rendon scored a game-high 27 points to lead Cerritos on Wednesday night. (Courtesy Cerritos College Athletics)
Jesenia Rendon scored a game-high 27 points to lead Cerritos on Wednesday night. (Courtesy Cerritos College Athletics)

CCCAA Women's Basketball: Scoreboard l Regional Brackets

REGIONALS
Southern California Schedule  
First Round
Wed., Feb. 27
(16) Cerritos 72, (17) Citrus 61
(18) MiraCosta 70, (15) College of the Canyons 69
(14) Cypress 73, (19) Imperial Valley 50

 

Northern California Schedule
First Round
Wed., Feb. 27
(17/18) Mission 79, (16/15) Shasta 74
(15/16) Santa Rosa 59, (18/17) Lassen 58

 

SACRAMENTO - Chynna Cochran tied the game on a layup with 11 seconds left and Victoria Wilson canned two free throws with four seconds remaining as 18th-seeded MiraCosta College used a big fourth-quarter to upend 15th-seeded College of the Canyons, 70-69,  on Wednesday night, providing one of two upset road wins during opening-round action of the CCCAA Women's Basketball Regionals.

Mission College delivered the other upset, getting 22 points from Maya Austin to beat 16th-seeded Shasta and earn a date on Saturday with the NorCal Regional's top seed, Diablo Valley (27-1).

Five games comprised the opening-round of regional play, bringing each of the NorCal and SoCal brackets down to 16 teamsheading into this weekend's second-round action. In the North, Jasmine Henderson tallied 22 points and teammate Shayla Newman had 20 as No. 15 Santa Rosa held off No. 18 Lassen, 59-58. No. 16 Cerritos capitalized on 27 points from sophomore Jesenia Rendon and 11 three-pointers to upend visiting No. 17 Citrus, 72-61, while No. 14 Cypress downed No. 18 Imperial Valley, 73-50, to round out the other games in the SoCal bracket.

Cerritos (21-10) will now travel to face the state's top-ranked team, Moorpark (28-1) on Saturday while Cypress (20-9) will take on No. 3 East Los Angeles (25-6), and MiraCosta (17-8) goes to No. 2 L.A. Trade Tech (26-4). Santa Rosa (12-14) will head over to the Central Valley and play No. 2 Merced (26-3) on Saturday.