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Roundup: Chaminade girls basketball tops Mira Costa in Division 1 playoffs

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WEST HILLS — Chaminade girls basketball’s Payton Montgomery was met with applause when she came out of the locker room following Thursday night’s game.

It’s not a common greeting for a freshman, but Montgomery’s 26 points and 16 rebounds in the Eagles’ 75-66 CIF Southern Section playoff win over Mira Costa necessitated it.

“I had a slow couple games before,” Montgomery said. “So coming back out here, it’s playoffs, you know? I felt great, so good.”

Chaminade found an advantage in Montgomery’s post play in its first-round contest in the Division 1 playoffs at Chaminade. The Eagles will play at Riverside King on Saturday in the second round.

Chaminade head coach Megan Kelso congratulates Payton Montgomery (23) after their 75-66 win over Mira Costa in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Payton Montgomery (23) goes to the basket against Mira Costa’s India Pines in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade head coach Megan Kelso talks to her team during a timeout in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round against Mira Costa, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo, left, and Alanna Neale tie up Mira Costa’s Hayden Lin in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s bench cheers as they come from behind to beat Mira Costa 75-66 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Alanna Neale, left, fouls Mira Costa’s Maile Nakaji in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Alanna Neale is fouled as she goes to the basket against Mira Costa in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade head coach Megan Kelso has a moment with Natalie Patrick-Aguiar against Mira Costa in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade head coach Megan Kelso talks with Hunter Hudson during the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ against Mira Costa, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade beats Mira Costa 75-66 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Mira Costa’s Juju Obrien, left, and Chaminade’s Hunter Hudson battle for a rebound in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Laila Carrillo (14) reacts after beating Mira Costa 75-66 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Hunter Hudson puts back a rebound against Mira Costa in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Payton Montgomery (23) shoots against Mira Costa in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Alanna Neale, left, and Amia Witt (4) press Mira Costa’s Hayden Lin in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Natalie Patrick-Aguiar, left, and Mira Costa’s Maile Nakaji chase a loose ball in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Payton Montgomery (23) shoots over Mira Costa’s India Pines (32) in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Alanna Neale looks on after her three-point basket was disallowed after the buzzer against Mira Costa in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Payton Montgomery looks to shoot against Mira Costa in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Hunter Hudson shoots between Mira Costa’s Juju Obrien (33) and India Pines (32) in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Chaminade’s Natalie Patrick-Aguiar, right, grabs a loose ball from Mira Costa’s Maile Nakaji in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs’ opening round, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Chaminade High School. Chaminade won 75-66. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

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Chaminade (17-12) shut down a Mustangs offense that was thriving on 3-pointers.

Mira Costa (17-10) hit 10 3-pointers in the first half to build a 44-38 lead at halftime. With 6:30 left in the first quarter, the Mustangs already held a 9-5 advantage, and Chaminade didn’t catch up until Amia Witt let a shot fly from downtown to cut the deficit to 20-19.

Rebounding kept the Eagles in the game even when their shots weren’t falling. Hunter Hudson finished with 15 rebounds, and she wasn’t afraid to take on some dirty work on defense.

“We call her Dennis Rodman for a reason,” Eagles coach Megan Kelso said of Hudson. “If she scores it’s great. But she will always give you grit, rebounds and defense. She’s the logjam in the middle that we need.”

Chaminade gained an edge in the third quarter after a scary moment roughly three minutes into the frame. Senior Laila Carrillo took a hard fall in which the back of her head hit the hardwood, and that momentarily silenced the gym.

Carrillo got up and walked to the team’s bench and she later returned to the game.

She also sparked something in the Eagles.

“I think they wanted to fight for a senior,” Kelso said. “I think the girls knew if Laila can’t go, we need to win for her. I was proud of the girls for fighting for her.”

Amia Witt hit a mid-range jumper to give Chaminade a 55-52 lead – its first significant advantage of the game – with two minutes left in the third quarter. The Eagles proceeded to outscore Mira Costa 20-11 in the final quarter.

Six different Chaminade players scored in the game as part of a well-rounded offense that was led by Montgomery’s 26 points, followed by Alana Neale’s 19 points.

“It’s something we stress every night,” Kelso said. “It might be someone new, but that’s what makes us great. Find the hot hand and make the extra pass and think every time we have multiple scorers, we win.”

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Chaminade is striving for a championship after falling in the Division 1 semifinals to Camarillo by six points last season.

“Watch film on MLK and have a great practice tomorrow,” Montgomery said. “And come out Saturday just like we did today.”

MORE DIVISION 1 SCORES

Harvard-Westlake 71, Camarillo 41

LB Poly 57, Alemany 47

Oxnard 54, Westlake 44

DIVISION 2AA

Paramount 64, Burroughs/Burbank 35

Canyon 70, Covina 41

DIVISION 2A

Northview 55, Notre Dame 47

Calabasas 50, Cajon 41

DIVISION 3AA

Louisville 49, Agoura 38

Highland 64, Saugus 52

Holy Martyrs 40, Valencia 34

Corona del Mar 48, Burbank 29

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DIVISION 3A

Bell Gardens 38, Heritage Christian 23

La Canada 42, Villa Park 35

Trinity Classical Academy 68, Temple City 39

Campbell Hall 75, Hawthorne 70

DIVISION 4AA

Knight 58, Simi Valley 29

DIVISION 4A

Quartz Hill 48, Valley Christian/SM 22

DIVISION 5A

Oak Park 58, La Verne Lutheran 18

CITY SECTION

OPEN DIVISION

Granada Hills 55, San Fernando 45

Westchester 61, Taft 17

King/Drew 53, Birmingham 52

Crenshaw 69, Palisades 52

 

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