Cypress girls basketball eliminated from playoffs

The Cypress High girls basketball team tried double teams, zone defenses and basically threw the kitchen sink at Chino Hills star Janessa Thropay. It wasn’t enough. Thropay had 26 points to lead the Huskies to a 61-39 win over Cypress in the CIF-SS Division 1A quarterfinals last week at Cypress High.When the Centurions were able to contain Thropay, Ally Seebalac picked up the slack for the Huskies.Seebalac had three big three pointers, and finished with 17 points. “She was just too good tonight,” Cypress Coach Nathaniel Rivera said of Thropay. Cypress was led by Alison Nelson with 11 points and Haley Morikawa with eight. Aggie Manu and Justina Yoo each chipped in six points.The Centurions fell behind 12-5 after the first quarter, but rebounded close the gap to just a 23-22 Chino Hills lead at halftime. But the Huskies regained control in the third quarter, outscoring Cypress, 21-9 in that quarter. Seebalac hit a three-pointer at the third quarter buzzer that pushed the lead to 44-31.Morikawa hit a jump shot in the key early in the fourth to cut the lead to 44-33, but the Huskies went on a 7-0 run to push the lead to 51-33. Nelson hit a three pointer about midway through the quarter to stop the run and cut the lead to 51-36, but the Huskies would keep control from there.The Centurions were 19-10 this season, going 8-2 in the Empire League to take second place. They defeated Dana Hills and Summit High to reach the quarterfinals. It was a solid season for which Rivera praised the team. He said their effort was a big part of their growth. “I’m proud of these girls,” Rivera said. “They don’t give up, they never give up, which is a very good attitude.”

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