BY JAMES YODICE / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Academy’s girls in District 6-4A locked up a playoff bid with a 54-48 victory on the Huskies’ floor Saturday night. It was Academy’s first district tournament title since 2011.
Noelani Montoya had 16 points, Addie Spratley 15 for Academy (13-15) as the Chargers’ inside players took advantage of the lengthy absences of Hope Christian post Kathleen Obisike, who was in foul trouble throughout.
At Academy, the Chargers, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, beat No. 3 Hope Christian 74-57 to capture the 6-4A tournament crown.
A.J. Rivera had 17 points for Academy (23-3), Dillon McCleskey 16 and Justin Mask 15 in the victory. The Chargers made six 3s in a big first quarter — three from McCleskey, a junior — as Academy led by 18 points early.