ALTADENA — Ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs, the Renaissance Academy basketball team turned Wednesday night's first-round game into a tuneup and a statement.
"It's more about getting everybody involved and working on some different things," Renaissance Coach Sid Cooke said after Renaissance registered an 83-15 victory against St. Monica Academy at Alta Loma Park. "We came in focused on what we needed to do and cleaning up some things because we had a tough stretch toward the end of the regular season.
"We know things will be tougher next game."
Renaissance will meet 16th-seeded Big Pine, which captured the Hi-Lo League championship, or Lancaster Bethel Christian in a second-round contest Friday at a site to be determined. St. Monica, which placed third in the International League under first-year Coach Michael Muto, finished at 12-11.