February 23, 2012
Girls basketball roundup: River City, Florin defeat traditional powers El Camino and Del Oro; Lynette Johnson's 37 points leads Kennedy past St. Francis to oust defending D-I champs

In perhaps a passing of the torch, two emerging girls basketball programs beat well-established powers in tonight's Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals.

Katie King's 24 points, including two deciding free throws with two seconds, helped seventh-seeded River City to stun No. 2 El Camino 50-48 in a Division II thriller at El Camino.

Meanwhile in South Sacramento, Daijah Joe-Smith's 22 points led No. 4 Florin to a 58-46 win over No. 5 Del Oro, last year's Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF NorCal Division II runners-up.

Florin will face top-seeded St. Mary's of Stockton while River City plays No. 3 McNair in the D-II semifinals Tuesday at the Spanos Center at UOP.

In other girls games reported to The Bee:

Pleasant Grove 86, Bethel 69 in Elk Grove - Dejza James had 25 points and Avonna Lee 23 as the No. 1 Eagles soared over the No. 8 Jaguars.

Kennedy 70, St. Francis 57 in Greenhaven - Lynette Johnson scored 37 points as the No. 4 Cougars ousted the defending Division I champion Troubadours. MacKenzie Conarro had 33 points for No. 12 St. Francis, which beat Kennedy twice during the regular season.

Oak Ridge 48, Lincoln 41 in Stockton - The No. 6 Trojans toppled the No. 3 Trojans on their home floor.

Sacramento 80, Weston Ranch 45 in Oak Park - Jasmine Ware's 29 points led the No. 1 Dragons to an easy win over the No. 9 Cougars from Stockton.

Christian Brothers 55, Benicia 42 in Oak Park - Ishana Burch had 22 points and Alicia Gonzalez 11 as the No. 2 Falcons defeated the No. 7 Panthers.

West Campus 47, Riverbank 33 in Sacramento - Haley Shaner's 23 points lifted the No. 3 Warriors over the No. 6 Bruins.

Bear River 40, Ripon 31 in Lake of the Pines - Jen Meylor had 20 points to lead the No. 4 Bruins over the No. 5 Indians.

Capital Christian 67, Sacramento Waldorf 38 at Capital Christian - Haleigh Filer had 17 points and Chelsey Aardahl 15 as the No. 4 Cougars downed the No. 5 Waves.

Victory Christian 53, Faith Christian 29 in Carmichael - Molly Huffman had 28 points to lead the No. 1 Vikings over the No. 4 Lions.

Wilton Christian 52, Sacramento Adventist 35 in Wilton - Kendra Jeffcoat's 27 points led the No. 2 Patriots past the No. 6 Capitals. Wilton Christian will play Victory Christian for the D-VI championship on Thursday at Galt High School.

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