The lead quickly reached double figures in the second half as Brown asserted herself down low by scoring 16 points in the final two quarters. With Lippert stifled by Michelle Franco in the second half, the Dons lost contact. “Our team out-matched their player,” said Brown, who will attend UCLA next season. “Lippert, she was really good. Coach Wiard says everyone is really good. But then she got out there and I was looking at her moves, and she was really good. We’re ready to look at her for UCLA.” Amanda Alvarez, who scored 10 points, joined Adams and Brown in double figures. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Cathedral Catholic (26-6) hung with the Lancers throughout the first half before Amat’s defense got busy in a second-half rout. Brown, Ashleigh Adams and Kristen McCarthy did the rest with an impressive showing inside. Adams scored 13 points and McCarthy had eight. “Candice I thought had her way and I thought Ashleigh did a terrific job getting on the offensive boards and making a lot of big plays for us,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “That’s what you always hope for. They (Cathedral Catholic) shot the ball well in the first half and I was hoping they would cool off.” Indeed, the Dons did cool off. Sophomore standout Victoria Lippert scored 16 points in the first half, but was limited to just three in the second half. Lippert alone kept the Dons in the game until Amat put together a run just before halftime. Morgann Ellis came off the bench to score seven points in the second quarter and Amat led, 36-28, at intermission. With the win, Amat moved a step closer to a third consecutive state championship. The Lancers improved to 25-5 and will host Oakhurst Yosemite in Saturday night’s second round. After playing Southern California powers Lynwood and Long Beach Poly in its past two games, one could make the argument that Amat was stepping way down in class on Thursday night. • Photo Gallery: Bishop Amat vs. Cathedral LA PUENTE – Candice Brown scored 20 points and the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team advanced to the second round of the CIF Division III State playoffs with a 64-47 win over visiting Cathedral Catholic on Thursday night.