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Cabrillo forward Erin Jenkins shoots the ball during a CIF Southern Section Division 3AA semifinal game against Sunny Hills High School on Saturday night in Fullerton.

Cabrillo girls basketball must love Orange County.

The Conquistadores did two trips to the O.C. last week – traveling to San Clemente and Sunny Hills in Fullerton…and kept their girls basketball season alive by adding two more historic wins.

And that means the CHS girls basketball team headlines this week’s Zo’s Gold Mines.

The two emotionally charged victories now has CHS at a place they’ve been envisioning, but a place that past CHS girls basketball teams haven’t seen before until now: The CIF Southern Section championship game.

Cabrillo will now go for its first ever CIF-SS Division 3AA crown by making another road trip, this time to the Inland Empire in Ontario to take on Downey Warren.

The moniker “road warriors” describes this team very well.

Other gold mines:

Lompoc High boys basketball: Forget the fact the Braves wound up 15-16 overall after falling to Riverside Carnegie last Friday. Fact is, this Braves team stretched their season all the way to the CIF-SS semifinal round and, are also in a position to qualify for the CIF state playoffs as an at-large according to school athletic director Don Cross. And LHS made this deep run with a first-year head coach in Paul Terrones.

Santa Maria High boys basketball: They were unfortunately snubbed from the CIF state playoffs on Monday. But, this was a program that ended Garden Grove’s 22-game winning streak during the playoffs, plus beat a Ventura Foothill Tech team playing for a CIF title during the preseason.

Righetti girls basketball: The Warriors have established themselves as a perennial state playoff contender under head coach Desiree Hitch. Despite falling to Downey on Saturday, Righetti will get an extra basketball game – meaning this talented bunch gets a shot at a different kind of title: A state title.

Isaaya Finley, Righetti wrestling: The 170-pounder will carry RHS – and the Santa Maria Valley – on his back during the CIF State Wrestling finals in Bakersfield this Friday and Saturday.

Haleigh Batty, Hancock track and field: Last year she advanced to the CIF State Track and Field finals for Cabrillo. Now, Batty has made an early impact for the Bulldogs in the jump events.

Hancock Softball: The Bulldogs not only collected three wins last week, but outscored their opponents by an astonishing score of 62-12.

Devin Davis, Hancock men’s basketball: Davis dropped 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bulldogs during their overtime playoff victory over Fullerton to advance in the CCCAA playoffs.

Lorenzo J. Reyna covers Lompoc Valley sports through Lee Central Coast News. He can be reached at