Nina Wallace scored 23 points and added six assists and six steals to lead Cathedral City High School to its first postseason victory in girls’ basketball in more than a decade in a 60-47 win in Riverside over Notre Dame.
Wallace added four 3-pointers in a dominating performance over.
The Lions outscored Notre Dame 23-9 in the opening quarter and never relinquished the lead throughout the game.
Tatiana Witherspoon chipped in a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Dejah Lord added 11 points for Cathedral City.
The Lions (16-8) now move on to the second round of the Division 4AA playoffs with a home game against Whittier Christian on Saturday.
Ayala 75, Palm Springs 35: The Indians (17-8) ended a hugely successful season with a shocking blowout loss Thursday in the Division 2A playoffs, ending a season in which they finished tied for second place in the Desert Valley League.
Sage Hill 64, Rancho Mirage 30: The Rattlers lost in Division 4A in Newport Beach Thursday. Rancho Mirage concluded their season with a 13-14 overall record.
Academy of Careers & Exploration 57, Palm Valley 27: The Firebirds end their season on the road in the Division 6 playoffs, finishing the year with an 8-12 record.
Cathedral City 3, Covina 2: The Lions lived up to their No. 2 rank in Division 5 by beating a talented 13-win Covina squad on the road. Cathedral City was one of a handful of Coachella Valley girls’ soccer teams to advance, including two others (La Quinta, Palm Desert) from the Desert Valley League.
Beaumont 2, Shadow Hills 0: The Knights’ season came to an end Thursday on the road in a shutout loss to Beaumont in the first round of the Division 6 playoffs. Shadow Hills finishes its season 10-11-1 a year after going 19-4-1 and reaching the CIF quarterfinals.
Girls’ water polo
Riverside Poly 21, Palm Desert 7: The Aztecs 30-win season came to an end Thursday in a lopsided loss to the No. 2 team in Division 2.
Western 11, Palm Springs 8: The Indians also concluded their season Thursday, in a narrow loss to Western (Anaheim) in the Division 7 playoffs.