The Crossroads girls are the last Westside basketball team remaining in the CIF playoffs.
The Santa Monica High girls and Crossroads boys lost playoff games while the Crossroads girls defeated defending champion LA Baptist, 42-26, in a Division 5-AA semi-final game Saturday night, February 23 at Alemany High.
As a result, Coach Kevin Cormier’s team will try to become the first girls’ basketball team in school history to win a CIF championship. Crossroads will play Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth either Friday, February 29 or Saturday, March 1.
The date had not been determined at press time because it depends on results of games to be played in other divisions. But the site will be The Pyramid on the campus of Cal State Long Beach.
And that’s not all that awaits the Roadrunners. Win or lose, they’re expected to be invited to the state tournament the following week. In most cases, both CIF finalists receive that honor, and in the past CIF championship game losers have recovered to win the state in the same season.
This is unchartered territory for the Crossroads girls program although the Crossroads boys, in the years when Daryl Roper was coach, won both CIF and state titles.
The Crossroads girls’ coaching staff figured the playoffs would come down to games against opponents from their Delphic League, the strongest in the division.
And that’s what happened. Following a pair of one-sided wins over outclassed opponents, the Roadrunners faced LA Baptist for the third time this season.
Crossroads led at halftime, 19-11, and pulled away in the second half as Shannon McQueen scored 16 points, Kristina Murray contributed 13, and Megan Baer 11.
Now the opponent becomes another league member, a team Crossroads has defeated by five and 12 points.