JSerra Comes Out Firing, Rolls Over Costa Mesa

JSerra's Samara Hanna leads a fastbreak for the Lions during a CIF-SS girls basketball playoff game against Costa Mesa on Thursday. The Lions won the first-round game, 93-22.

*from the Orange County Register 

Junior guard August Touchard had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists and freshman guard Coco Miller had 19 points, six rebounds and three assists to help eighth-seeded JSerra overwhelm Costa Mesa, 93-22, in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA girls basketball playoffs on Thursday night at JSerra High.

The two teams played with a running clock for the final 6 minute sand 5 seconds after the Lions took an 81-20 lead.

Samara Hanna and Julia Kenefick also scored in double figures, finishing with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Megan House added seven points and 10 rebounds.

Nancy Aguilar was the only player in double figures for the Mustangs, finishing with 10 points.

The Lions (21-6) play at ninth-seeded Bishop Montgomery of Torrance in the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs finished with a 13-14 record.

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JSerra’s Haley Giddings Wins the Hunter Equestrian Prix

Haley Giddings and Opportunity cash in with a win in the $5,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix

Junior rider Haley Giddings of Laguna Niguel, California posted a win in the $5,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix on Sunday, Feb. 12, when she rode Cavallo Farm’s Opportunity (the horse) to the blue as the horse-and-rider team were the best out of the 30 that showed over Rian Beals’ course.

Giddings and Opportunity were fueled by a fantastic second round as they scored an 87 to rocket their overall score to 170. Wrestling the top spot from Emily Winkler and Landmark, Giddings and Opportunity are now well on their way to qualifying for the all-new $250,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix Final during HITS Championship Weekend at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York this fall.

Giddings has been training with Richard Slocum and John Bragg for about two years and was SmartPak Mid-Circuit Champion in the Equitation 14-15 during the first half of the 2012 HITS Desert Circuit.

“This is the horse’s first major win in the hunter ring,” said Slocum. “He has won the New England Equitation Finals and won at Devon. He is on a generous loan from the Spogli family.”