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Righetti's Mariah Vargas takes an outside shot against Mustang defender Rowan Smith in the Warriors' CIF Southern Section semifinal game against Marlborough of Los Angeles.

Frank Cowan, Contributor

No statistics on the Fullerton Rosary Academy basketball team were available on maxpreps.com.

Righetti girls basketball coach Desiree Domingues was able to get some information on the Royals anyway, and what she found indicated that Rosary Academy was deserving of its No. 1 ranking.

"I did some research," Domingues said in a phone interview Thursday night. "I read some articles about some of the games they played. I saw some game film."

Domingues said, "I got some information." She chuckled. "Which was kind of tough."

No. 9 Righetti will play No. 1 Rosary Academy at 7 p.m. Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Southern Regional of the CIF Division III Girls State Basketball Playoffs.

Rosary Academy is 26-5. Righetti is 25-4, the best record for a girls basketball team in school history. The Warriors, in their first-ever state tournament appearance, beat No. 8 Thousand Oaks 65-60 at Thousand Oaks Wednesday night in the first round of the regional.

Saturday night, Righetti will have to deal with 6-foot-1 Rosary Academy junior center Rebekah Obinma.

"They have a solid post player," said Domingues. "She's a strong presence on offense and defense. The only post we've played who can compare with her is the one we faced against Camarillo in the Tournament of Champions," in December.

"Our bigs will be in for a challenge."

Domingues said 5-10 Ashley Reynoso and 5-9 Dasia Ramirez will likely guard Obinma.

"Ashley is really good at sliding around in a zone," said Domingues. "She showed that at the Tournament of Champions."

Zane Sheckherd leads Righetti in scoring at 12.2 points a game. Alijah Paquet averages around 10 a game. Reynoso, at 9.1 rebounds a game, is the team's leading rebounder. She also averages 8.6 points a game.

Reynoso scored 21 and 22 points in Righetti's two CIF-SS 2A playoff wins before the top-ranked Warriors fell 50-40 to Los Angeles Marlborough in the semis. Rosary beat top-ranked Glendora to win the 3AA championship.

Having dealt with the loss of Biola signee Danita Estorga, a 6-1 senior who was averaging 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game before a leg injury ended her season about halfway through, the Warriors still finished 14-0 in the PAC 8 League.

Saturday night, the Warriors will encounter a Royals team that likes to mix up its modus operandi.

"Some of both," when it comes to the Royals playing either a fullcourt or halfcourt style of offense, said Domingues.

"On defense, they'll press some then they'll sit back in a zone."

The Rightti alum and second-year coach said, "The girls were excited when they beat Thousand Oaks at Thousand Oaks. It was loud, like it is when we play at home. This time we were on the other side of it.

"It was a good atmosphere for our girls to play in. They were excited afterward and then it was, 'So who do we play next?'"

The answer was, the No. 1 seed.  

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