LOS ANGELES — Despite ending the regular season on a three-game losing skid, the Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team looked to wipe the slate clean entering its opening-round playoff contest Thursday night.
The late tailspin knocked the Falcons out of contention for an automatic playoff berth, leading them to apply for an at-large berth in the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs. Crescenta Valley received a playoff spot, but many of the things that led directly to their late-season swoon carried over into the postseason.
Crescenta Valley saw its season conclude with a 48-36 road loss against Marlborough.
Missed layups and blown defensive coverage led to the Falcons (13-14) being bounced after reaching the quarterfinals last season.
"We missed six layups in the first half and then three more in the second half," Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez said. "You can't miss those and expect to score 36 points in a playoff game and win.