High school sports

Aztecs, Spartans pile up glory

THE LA QUINTA High boys’ basketball team and the Orangewood Academy’s girls’ team have advanced to the Southern California region title games on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

Sports history brims with “Cinderella” stories, and one is taking place not in a forest far away and a long time ago, but right now at McFadden Avenue and Ward Street in Westminster.

The La Quinta High School boys’ basketball team, which finished third in the Garden Grove League, is just one win away from the CIF Southern California title and two from a state championship.

On Saturday, the Aztecs held off a late charge by the Fontana High Steelers and won their Division V semifinal game 66-59.

Viggo Nguyen scored 24 points and Shuaib Tahir had 20 for he blue-and-gold,

That advances LQ (22-11) to the SoCal championship regional final on Tuesday against Chaffey High of Ontario. The Tigers are 23-12 and finished second in the Mt. Baldy League.

LESLIE ARAGON is the coach of the Orangewood Academy girls’ basketball team (OC Tribune photo).

That’s not all the hoops glory going on for area teams. Orangewood Academy of Garden Grove’s girls’ basketball team defeated Bishop Montgomery 74-60 in a Division I game on Saturday.

The Spartans (24-9), champs of the San Joaquin League, next take on Windward High (22-10) of Los Angeles on Tuesday in a regional final on Tuesday. The Wildcats finished second in the Gold Coast League.

Jayionne Brown led Orangewood with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Edison High of Huntington Beach’s boys’ team finished its long run in the playoffs with a 57-41 loss to Los Altos in Division II semifinal action on Saturday.

The Chargers, who won the Surf League, finished the season with a 28-6 record.

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