By Gideon Rubin
With a bid for a San Diego Section Division I semifinal appearance on the line, Torrey Pines left nothing to chance in a decisive 80-38 quarterfinal playoff win against Fallbrook on Feb. 24.
Joe Rahon led the route with 34 points and Garrett Galvin added 18 points as the Falcons won their eighth straight game and for the 10th time in 11 games.
Their only loss over that span was a narrow 62-60 nonleague setback at the hands of perennial state power Harvard-Westlake of Studio City on Jan. 28.
The Falcons have outscored their first two playoff opponents by a combined 65 points. On Feb. 21 they defeated Grossmont 70-47.
Rahon scored 27 points and Galvin added 21 to lead the Falcons in the Grossmont game.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 20-10.
Cathedral Catholic advanced to the Division III semifinals with two decisive wins.
The Dons defeated Brawley 88-43 on Feb. 21, and then beat Olympian 90-43 in a quarterfinal three days later.
Xavier Williams led the Dons in the Brawley game with 17 points. He was among five Dons teammates to reach double figures in scoring.
Niksha Federico and Brandon Michel each contributed 14 points, Nick Prunty scored 13 points, and Parker Holland added 10 points.
Federico led the Dons with 22 points in the Olympian game. Williams contributed 15 points, Michel scored 14 ,and Prunty added 10.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 26-3.
San Diego Jewish Academy defeated Tri-City Christian 58-56 in a Division V quarterfinal game on Feb. 24.
Jacob Katz scored 17 points to lead the Lions, and Ryan Marchetti added 14. Adam Sloane contributed 12 points.
The victory followed a 58-35 first-round win against San Pasqual Academy on Feb. 21.
Marchetti scored 17 points to lead the Dons and Ilan Graubart added eight points.
The Lions improved their overall record for the season to 14-10.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Horizon 63-56 in a Division V quarterfinal on Feb. 24.
Justin Byrd scored 23 points to lead the Eagles and Grant Corsi added 18 points. Brian Finley contributed 10 points.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 18-10.
Cathedral Catholic advanced to the San Diego Section Division III playoffs in thrilling fashion as the Dons edged-out Valley Center 67-66 in a Feb. 25 quarterfinal that went into overtime.
Juliet Jones scored 28 points to lead the Dons, and Wendy Anae added 14 points.
The victory followed a 61-31 trouncing of Brawley on Feb. 22.
Jones scored 16 points to lead the Dons and Anae added 12 points. Emily Kearney contributed 10 points.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 15-8.
Torrey Pines lost to Eastlake 43-33 in a Division I playoff game on Feb. 22.
Alex Helfrich scored 12 points to lead the Falcons and Mia Gallo added 11 points.
The Falcons concluded their season with a 13-15 overall record.