Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
High school basketball playoffs tipped off Wednesday, and two of the four Ojai teams advanced to the second round. The Thacher School and Besant Hill won at home, while Nordhoff and Villanova fell on the road.
If the UCSB gym is the Thunder Dome, then Thacher School‘s gym is the Thunder Hut.
In a rematch of last year’s CIF-SS 5A first round playoff game against Pilibos from Los Angeles, the Toads called upon the energy of their nearly standing-room-only, raucous and rowdy crowd, as well clutch performances by senior Mitch Weil (20 points 10 rebounds) and sophomore Laurence Jackson (15 points, 15 rebounds), to avenge last year’s loss and propel them to a 52-40 victory.