Girls Basketball: Sierra Canyon advances to third consecutive Open Division championship game against Etiwanda

Sierra Canyon is 30-1 overall

By Jacob H. Pollon


The Sierra Canyon girls basketball team advanced to its third consecutive Southern Section Open Division championship game after an impressive 81-61 victory against Mater Dei of Santa Ana Saturday night.

McDonald’s All-American Mackenly Randolph scored 28 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists in a dominating performance to lead the Trailblazers.

Jerzy Robinson, one of the nation’s top sophomores, scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists.

Louisville-bound guard Izela Arenas scored 14 points with with four rebounds and six assists.

Emilia Krstevski, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center, scored nine points, had five rebounds and three blocks.

Ashley Redd contributed three 3-pointers with six rebounds.

Sierra Canyon trailed early but turned the tables in the second quarter to take control. The lead kept growing throughout.

The Trailblazers will face nemesis Etiwanda at 6 p.m. Friday at Cal Baptist University.

Sierra Canyon lost to Etiwanda in the 2022 championship before winning last year.

Etiwanda features McDonald’s All-American Kennedy Smith, Grace Knox and Aliyahnna Morris.

Earlier in the week, Sierra Canyon knocked off Sage Hill of Newport Coast, 74-52.

Robinson had 28 points and 15 rebounds. Arenas had 21 points and six rebounds, Krstevski had 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

Randolph was held to seven points, nine rebounds and four assists.