“For us to come in here and beat them, that’s a great win,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “They’re as good as any team we’ve beaten in the past three years.” There’s been quite a few, in fact. Saturday’s win was Amat’s 19th consecutive postseason victory dating back to 2005. The Lancers improved to 24-4 and will host nationally-ranked Long Beach Poly at a site to be determined Tuesday night. Things have gotten considerably tougher for Amat, which was moved up from Division III-A this season after winning three consecutive Southern Section titles. The Lancers also own the past two Division III state championships. Division I-AA was revamped by CIF in the off-season to include most of Southern California’s top programs, thus creating dream matchups like Saturday night. Kristen McCarthy led Amat with 28 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. McCarthy’s bank shot with 1:10 remaining in the game gave Amat a 54-50 lead. That’s when things got hairy. Lynwood got two free throws by Jazmine Matthews to cut the lead to 54-52 with 18 seconds remaining. Amat had trouble inbounding the ball under its own basket, but eventually did and promptly turned it over. LYNWOOD – Only in the CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA girls basketball playoffs could a two-time defending state champion win a quarterfinal game and have it considered an upset. That was the case Saturday night when Bishop Amat High School, seeded No. 5 in the division, posted a 57-52 upset of No. 4-seed Lynwood. The Knights’ last chance ended with a technical foul rather than a shot after a Lynwood player called a timeout her team didn’t have during a scrum for a loose ball. Amat point guard Amanda Alvarez then sealed the victory at the free-throw line. “We had a huge crowd tonight, and that was a huge part of the win,” McCarthy said. “It kind of felt like a state championship. That’s what I felt like when we won the game. We were excited, but I said, `Hey guys, we’ve still got a couple more to go.’ “Yeah, we’re excited, but we’re not going to stop here.” Before Saturday, the Knights (23-4) hadn’t lost a game this season to a team from California. The boxscore will tell Knights fans all they need to know. Cal-bound center Lenita Sanford was held to eight points. [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!