CIF basketball playoffs: Archbishop Hanna’s run ends in 82-47 loss

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Liberty Christian ended the first quarter by going on an 18-0 run en route to an 82-47 win over Archbishop Hanna in the Division 6 CIF state basketball tournament Saturday night in Redding.

The visiting Hawks actually led by five points in the opening minutes.

Archbishop Hanna's Dakota Woltering goes to the basket during the game against Valley Christian held at Sonoma Valley High School, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Archbishop Hanna’s Dakota Woltering goes to the basket during the game against Valley Christian held at Sonoma Valley High School, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

“It was like we ran into a buzz saw,” coach Courtney Jackson said. “We never recovered.”

Liberty increased the advantage to 51-22 at halftime.

“That run took the wind out of our sails,” Jackson said. “After that, we were a little slow playing defense and we let their zone defense cause us problems.”

Armani Perry, who scored 36 in the NCS title game, could only muster eight against the Patriots.

“Their zone kept us from getting the ball into him,” Jackson said. “We tried outside shots to loosen up the defense, but their height advantage disrupted us.

“Liberty was just more fundamentally sound than we were. They ran plays on us and got easy baskets. Their shooting percentage had to be over 60 percent.

“At halftime, we talked about playing with dignity no matter what the scoreboard said. We played with our heads up in the second half and played better.”

Dakota Woltering, who scored 14, was the only Hawks player to reach double figures. Jordan Chao led Liberty with 18.

Hanna was coming off a 100-point performance last Wednesday in an CIF opening round win over Valley Christian.

“Losing this game stings a little bit right now,” Jackson said. “However, in a week, we’ll all be smiling because of all the milestones we reached this season.”

The Hawks, champs of the Small School Bridge League, end the season with a 25-7 record and advanced further in the postseason than any team in school history.