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Santa Margarita’s playoff push ends with semifinal loss to Rolling Hills Prep

Members of the Santa Margarita Catholic boys basketball team react to a 53-42 loss to Rolling Hills Prep in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Ryan Kuhn,

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — Santa Margarita Catholic’s title game hopes came to an end on Friday night.

The Eagles lost to Rolling Hills Prep 53-42.

The Huskies, who entered the game with just two losses and crowned Coastal League campions, jumped 

out to a quick lead with some scores by Kenny Menzi.

At the end of the 1st quarter, Rolling Hills Prep held a 17-9 lead.

Santa Margarita tried to answer back, but was held to just nine points in the quarter. A tip in by JV Brown gave Rolling Hills Prep a 25-18 halftime lead.

The Huskies piled onto their lead in the second half, reaching to as many as 11 points but Santa Margarita wouldn’t let up. 

The Eagles found some offense from Luke Turner and once again, they trailed by just seven points. 

The comeback crept down to as small as five points but Rolling Hills Prep finally put the game away after a 7-0 run with amount two minutes left in the game. 

Turner finished with 13 points while Manzi finished with 19 points for Rolling Hills Prep. 

Santa Margarita concluded the season with a 15-6 record while Rolling Hills Prep will take on Los Altos in the Championship game on June 9.

Ryan was born and raised in Dana Point went to Dana Hills High School. He graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in Journalism. Throughout his career as a sports journalist, he has covered high schools, colleges, and professional teams. After working for multiple newspapers in as many states, he came to the conclusion that what he really wanted was to make sure the high schools in his hometown area got the sports coverage they deserved. Follow him on Twitter @rskuhn

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