Griffins fall in first round of CIF-SS playoffs

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Sydney Gandy pushes the ball up court on a fast break. Gandy led the Griffins with 14 points. Photo by Ted Apodaca

The Los Alamitos High girls basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 47-38 loss to Aliso Niguel on Thursday night at Aliso Niguel High.

The Griffins were led by junior guard Sydney Gandy, who had 14 points and three steals. Sophomore forward Latavia Miller had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The game was close through three quarters, but the Wolverines began to take control in the third. Early in the third, the Griffins cut the lead to 23-19, when Gandy drove through the key and dished a pass to Molly Clarke for an easy layup.

But the Wolverines were able to extend the lead to 10 points after that, when Sarah Matossian grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up for a 33-23 lead.

Early in the fourth, Miller drove the baseline for a floating jumper that cut the lead to 36-29. After a Aliso free throw, Sumya Evans had a rebound and putback for the Griffins that cut the lead to 37-31, but that would be as close as the Griffins would get.

Los Alamitos had entered the playoff as the second-place team out of the Surf League with a 20-9 overall record.

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