The Carondelet High basketball team had question marks entering this season after star player Hannah Huffman graduated.
If the Cougars' 68-57 victory over Heritage at Deer Valley High on Friday is any indication, Carondelet is going to be fine.
Paced by 25 points -- including five 3-pointers -- from Makenzie Cast, the Cougars kept a good Patriots team at arms-length to advance to the semifinals of the West Coast Jamboree's Platinum Division. Carondelet will face Sacramento on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Deer Valley.
"It's different," said Cast about this season without Huffman, who is now playing at Notre Dame. "Everybody needs to step up. She was the leader."
Cast did a good job keeping the Cougars in the game early. She had 12 of her points, all on 3-pointers, in the first quarter.
But Heritage (8-3) forged ahead 19-16 on a 3-pointer by Erin Asher and ended the first quarter tied 19-19 with the Cougars.
Carondelet (7-1) responded with a 13-0 run over the next 4:41 and led by double-digits the rest of the game. Five Cougar players scored in the run, including Cast with four points.
"I have a lot of people who have the green light to shoot the ball. We're putting a lot of shots up," Carondelet coach Margaret Gartner said.
Heritage cut Carondelet's lead to 10 twice in the fourth quarter, including with 1:49 to go, but the Cougars would not allow the Patriots to get closer.
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Heritage's Sabrina Engelstad produced a team-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half. Asher added 14 points, including nine in the first quarter.
Campolindo 67, Washington-Fremont 56: Ashley Ewing had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cougars (10-1) past the Huskies (7-4) in the semifinals of the West Coast Jamboree's Emerald Division at Miramonte High.
Laura Hickey added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Campolindo, which advances to Saturday's title game against Burlingame at 6:30 p.m. at Miramonte. Briana Booker had 21 points to lead Washington.
Piedmont 77, Xavier (N.Y.) 73: Senior guard Adam Wuebbens had 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, and six assists to lead the Highlanders (8-2) past the Knights (4-1) in the semifinals of the Surf 'N Slam Tournament's San Diego Division.
Piedmont, which hit 11 3-pointers in the game, outscored Xavier 20-13 in the fourth quarter to help advance to Saturday's championship against Carlmont-Belmont at 4:15 p.m. Dylan James-Kavanaugh added 15 points, five rebounds and four steals as Piedmont won for the eighth time in nine games.
De La Salle 60, Shadow Hills-Indio 21: Elliott Pitts had 16 points and nine rebounds as the Spartans (8-1) cruised past the Knights (4-6) in a pool play game at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs.
The defense for De La Salle held the Knights to just eight points in the second half, and the Spartans -- winners of six straight -- have held each of their last six opponents to under 26 points.
Brian Rosselli added 11 points in the victory.