Washington High's Deandre Dickson, a 6-foot-7 senior center, scored 18 of his 30 points in the first half and the Panthers beat El Segundo 74-61 Tuesday night in the opening round of the Southern California Division IV boys basketball regional.
The Panthers led 40-34 at halftime, increased the margin briefly to 10 points in the third quarter, then saw it cut to three before pulling away.
Robert Minnieweather made a driving basket on a broken play to start the final Washington push.
Akili Arnold added 15, including four 3-pointers. He made two straight early in the fourth quarter, the second as the shot clock was expiring to make it 66-55.
Dickson, who enjoyed a substantial height advantage, also had 10 rebounds.
Washington (25-7) will host Morningside-Inglewood (16-14) – which was a 69-54 winner against Francis Parker-San Diego – at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Division I boys
Woodland Hills-Taft 83, Clovis West 45: The Golden Eagles dropped back-to-back games for the first time since starting the season 0-3 after getting rolled by the Los Angeles Section champs.
Clovis West (24-6) entered Tuesday's contest coming off a 54-51 loss to Bullard in the Central Section final three days earlier.
Woodland Hills, ranked No. 24 in the nation by USA Today, turned a 13-point lead at the half into a major blowout via a 22-5 run in the third quarter.
Stephen Maxwell scored 17 points and Kevin Johnson 12 for Woodland Hills.
Division II boys
Clovis North 57, Compton 51: Ethan Lenox went off for a game-high 23 points, including a thunderous dunk that caused the Broncos student section to erupt 2 minutes into the game, in a victory over the Tarbabes.
Clovis North (24-11) also received 15 points from Ben Huffman.
The Broncos advance to visit top-seeded Lincoln-San Diego (30-1), which is ranked 11th in the nation by USA Today, on Thursday.
Mayfair-Lakewood 76, Tulare 59: The Redskins were outscored by 13 points after one quarter and never recovered as their season came to an end with a 26-3 record.
Tulare's David Love scored a team-high 19 points and teammate Keonta Vernon added 17.
Division III boys
Crespi-Encino 78, Hoover 47: The Patriots mustered just four points in the opening quarter before getting blown out.
Hoover (24-7) trailed 35-17 at halftime.
Daniel Johnson led the Patriots with 10 points.
Division V boys
Fresno Christian 73, Bishop Diego-Santa Barbara 70: Cooper Belmont scored a game-high 26 points and made 6 of 10 3-pointers as the Eagles advanced to the second round.
The Eagles (12-17) took the lead in the final minute when Chandler Vargas made a steal and Tyler Krigbaum converted the fast-break layup. Then, Fresno Christian survived two potential tying shots in the final seconds.
Ryan Neufeld added 14 points for Fresno Christian. Bishop Diego's Elias Munoz had 25 points.
Fresno Christian will next play at top-seeded Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth (25-5) on Thursday.
Division I girls
Hanford 56, Woodbridge-Irvine 45: Bayli McClard and Brooke Johnson each scored 12 points as the Bullpups advanced.
Hanford (21-7), which went undefeated against Central Section competition for the fourth straight season, moved to 4-7 against out-of-section opponents for the season.
The Bullpups forced Woodbridge into 15 turnovers, raced out to a 15-7 lead after one quarter and led 35-20 at the half before locking up the victory.
Madison Parrish had 10 points for Hanford.
Woodbridge's Sammy Doucette led all scorers with 16 points.
Hanford next plays Canyon Springs-Moreno Valley (28-3).
The Bullpups lost to Canyon Springs 75-60 in the their second game of the year.
Division II girls
Harvard-Westlake 66, Yosemite 54: Sydnee Fipps scored 32 points but it wasn't enough to move the Badgers into the next round.
Harvard-Westlake (25-9) outscored Yosemite (16-13) by nine points after one quarter and made the Badgers play from behind the whole night.
Division IV girls
JSerra-San Juan Capistrano 54, Sierra 37: The Chieftains jumped out to an early lead but ended both halves ice cold to fall in the first round.
Sierra (20-8), which led 17-11 after the first quarter, scored just six points in the second quarter to trail 29-23. The Chieftains kept it close through three quarters, trailing just 43-35, but managed only two points in the final quarter.
Paige Brown and Cierra Pius each scored 10 points for the Chieftains.