Senior leadership took over for the Westmont College men and Santa Barbara High girls basketball teams and made the difference in huge victories on Saturday night.
Santa Barbara High’s Desirea Coleman and Westmont’s C.J. Miller were the difference makers for their teams, and they were recognized Monday as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week.
Coleman scored a game-high 20 points, had five assists and five assists, and held the team together in a 48-41 victory over Yorba Linda in the CIF 3AA Division semifinals. Additionally, she guarded Yorba Linda’s 6-2 center in the post.
Santa Barbara’s victory puts it in the CIF Finals for the first time since 1989. The Dons will be Lakeside of Lake Elsinore on Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined.
At Westmont, Miller had a monster game against rival Biola. He scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds (7 offensive), blocked two shots and had a pair of steals in a 65-60 victory. Earlier in the week, he scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds in a win over Concordia.
The male honorable mention choices for the award were Justin Jacome (UCSB baseball), Grant Sexton (Bishop Diego basketball), Kento Perera (San Marcos tennis).
The female honorable mention selections were Kelsie Sampson (Westmont basketball), Jessica Escalante (Dos Pueblos track), Jordyn Lilly (Bishop Diego girls basketball) and Emily Foster (SBCC swimming).