For a half, it appeared as if Torrey Pines' youth and inexperience finally caught up with a Falcons team that tallied 23 regular season victories and won a share of the Avocado League title starting two sophomores and one freshman most of the season.
Torrey Pines trailed by 12 at the intermission. But the Falcons grew up fast, cranking up their defensive intensity in an impressive 59-52 victory over the San Diego High School Cavers on Feb. 28.
The Falcons held their opponents to 15 points in the second half, including just four in a decisive third quarter in which they outscored the Cavers 17-4 to take a 42-41 lead.
The Falcons improved to 25-3 overall for the season.
Three-sport standout Trevor Newquist led the Falcons with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Newquist plays two winter sports simultaneously and also plays volleyball in the spring. He was the hero of the soccer team's 1-0 second round playoff win against Rancho Buena Vista of Vista a day earlier in which he scored the game's only goal.
Nick Kerr scored 11 points had seven rebounds and Joe Rahon added eight points and five rebounds.
The win followed an easy 77-53 first round playoff victory over Rancho Buena Vista in which five Falcons players reached double figures in scoring.
Kerr led the Falcons with 15 points, and Rahon and Spencer Klein each added 13 points. Newquist contributed 12 points and Max Heller had 10 points.
After losing its last two regular season games, Cathedral Catholic has found new life in the postseason.
The Dons, who finished third in the intensely competitive Western League, are in the Div. III's final four.
Cathedral Catholic advanced to the semifinals after defeating Southwest of San Diego 64-41 in a second round game on Feb. 28. The Falcons beat Canyon Crest Academy 72-62 in a first-round game on Feb. 25.
Matt Moynihan scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the Dons in the Southwest game. Nick Nixon added eight points and eight rebounds.
Nick Madden scored 20 points and pulled down 11 boards to lead the Dons in the CCA game. Moynihan scored 18 points and Chase Novak added 16 points and six assists.
The Dons improved to 16-12 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian's playoff run ended in the second round with a 54-39 loss to nemesis Army-Navy of Carlsbad on Feb. 28.
Army-Navy beat the Eagles for the third time in less than four weeks.
Karl Holmlund scored 13 points to lead the Eagles and Tyler Davis added eight points.
The Eagles finished their season with a 20-9 overall record.
Cathedral Catholic stormed through the first two rounds of the Div. III playoffs, winning by a combined total of 61 points.
The Dons opened with a 67-37 thrashing of San Marcos on Feb. 24 and trounced Valley Center 79-48 two days later.
The Dons hiked their overall record for the season with the victories to 19-8.
Victoria Lippert scored 24 points and Megan McClurg added 20 points to lead the Dons in the San Marcos game.
Lippert scored 27 points, and McClurg and Katie Dollard each added 22 point in the Valley Center game.
The Dons were headed for a March 3 showdown with Canyon Crest Academy, which has caught fire in the playoffs too, outscoring its first two opponents by 54 points.
The Ravens beat Mission Bay of San Diego 60-36 on Feb. 24, and defeated Santana of Santee 68-38 three days later.
Alisha Eckberg poured in 29 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Ravens in the Santana game.
Meghan Brown added 13 points and also had five assists and eight steals.
Brown scored 19 points to lead the Ravens in the Mission Bay game, and Eckberg added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Ravens improved their overall record for the season to 16-11.
Santa Fe Christian extended its winning streak to 10 games after opening the Div. IV playoffs with a decisive 63-31 victory over Palo Verde Valley of Blythe.
Jo Carlson scored 23 points to lead the Eagles and Brittany Pace added 12 points.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 19-2.
Torrey Pines lost to Carlsbad 73-64 in the first round of the Div. I playoffs on Feb. 25.
Sarah Lawrence scored 21 points to lead the Falcons and Megan Fennessy added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Falcons leading scorer Heather Serven was held to 12 points.
The Falcons concluded their season with a 15-14 overall record.
San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Lutheran 52-39 in a first-round Div. V playoff game on Feb. 25.
Aliya Luther scored 16 points in defeat for the Lions, and Aliza Grossman added 7 points.
The Lions concluded their season with a 12-7 overall record.
Trevor Newquist scored on an assist from Konor Collins to lead Torrey Pines to a 1-0 victory over Rancho Buena Vista of Vista in a first-round playoff game on Feb. 27. Falcons goalie Blake Hylen had six saves.
Newquist also had a hand in the Falcons Feb. 24 first-round 1-0 victory over Mira Mesa, assisting Jose Aquino on the game's only score.
Hylen had four saves in the Mira Mesa game.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 16-4-3.
Cathedral Catholic defeated St. Augustine of San Diego 1-0 in a first-round playoff game on Feb. 27.
Kian Mogharabi scored the game's only goal for the Dons and Drew Illijeski recorded nine saves.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 15-6-4.
Torrey Pines extended its winning streak to nine games with victories in the first two rounds of the Div. I playoffs.
The Falcons opened with a 1-0 victory over Escondido and beat La Costa Canyon 2-0 on Feb. 28.
Chelsea Small and Alexandra Bailey each scored one goal to lead the Falcons in the La Costa Canyon, and goalie Ashelee Schlesier had three saves.
Meghan O'Rourke scored the game's only goal against Escondido on an assist from Katie Trees.
Falcons goalie Annie Heaton had two saves.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 19-2-2.
Defending Div. III and state champion Cathedral Catholic defeated Clairemont 3-0 in a first-round Div. III playoff game on Feb. 27.
Kylie Facinelli scored two goals to lead the Dons and Kendall Kraus added one goal to lead the Dons. Goalie Eileen Purner had four saves.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 12-8-5.