Millikan 38, Los Osos 26

Southern Section playoff game results from last night:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/varsitytimesinsider/girls_basketball_playoff_scores/

There were so many options last night that it boggled the mind (one of the reasons I enjoy living in Los Angeles). I contemplated a couple other games between close-seeded teams, but after a full day didn’t feel like driving out to the far stretches of Orange or Los Angeles County. So I decided on the LA Times-proclaimed “game of the day” between #6 Millikan and #9 Los Osos.

The game got off to a fairly even start, but Millikan’s defense started making a difference right away. They were playing man, and continued to do so all the way through, while Los Osos mostly stuck with a 2-3 zone that wasn’t working. Millikan also was outhustling the Grizzlies on both ends of the court.

In the second quarter both teams hit a mental block, and the score was 16-11 Rams for about three minutes. Millikan then broke it open with some quick baskets and free throws, closing out the half 22-12.

Los Osos made a run in the third quarter, but Millikan kept up the pressure defense and slowly wore their opponents down. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Rams were back up 33-22. Besides strong defense, Millikan dominated the boards.

Ram senior guards Jaslyn Cosey and Ashley Mitchell put up 12 and nine points, respectively. For the Grizzlies, senior guard Amanda Copas scored 13 points and North Carolina-bound center Cierra Warren had eight. Going into the game, Warren’s point average was 19.1.

Millikan advances to the Division I-AA quarterfinal.

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