SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Amber Melgoza and Desirea Coleman picked up right where they left off after winning a CIF title.
The two combined to score 36 of the Dons 40 first half points as Santa Barbara went on to wallop Shafter High School in the opening round of the State Tournament Division 3 Southern California Region.
Melgoza scored the first ten points of the game and the Dons led 14-0 before Shafter scored. It was 20-5 after one quarter as Santa Barbara used a press to force several turnovers.
The sophomore Melgoza scored 22 of her game-high 28 points before halftime and the senior Coleman tallied 14 of her 16 points before the break as the Dons built up a 40-14 halftime lead. Those two combined to score 54 points last Saturday in the Dons CIF Division 3AA championship.
The Dons will host La Canada on Saturday night at 6 p.m.
In Division 1, Ventura lost at home to Hanford 53-36 to end their incredible season at 29-3. Ventura won a CIF title last Saturday as well. The team they beat, fellow Ventura County school Camarillo, won its first round State Tournament game as the Scorpions went on the road and beat Fairfax 58-41. They play at Troy on Saturday.
In Division 5, both Santa Clara and Valley Christian Academy lost on the road.
In boys action, Jack Baker scored 20 points and Bolden Brace added 19 as Santa Barbara won at Eagle Rock 66-49 in a first round Division 3 contest. The Dons play at top-seed Chaminade on Saturday night in West Hills.