The worst thing Del Norte High did in the FIBA Division championship game of the 10th annual SoCal Holiday Prep Classic was shred Gilbert (Ariz.) Campo Verde’s full court press.
That’s because the 1-3-1 defense the Coyotes went to next was far worse for the Nighthawks.
Campo Verde’s defense, and a 24-point effort by all-tournament guard Cori Ramos, turned the game around for a 49-40 victory over the Nighthawks in the finals Saturday at Westview High.
Del Norte (6-7) led 14-11 after the first quarter as senior forward Lexi Reddick scored nine of her team’s points.
The game was never the same as Campo Verde (11-4) outscored Del Norte 41-26 the rest of the way.
“I loved the shots we got,” Del Norte coach Jake McNeely said. “We shot a stellar 17 percent in the first half. We didn’t finish. We stagnated on offense.
“The shots were fine except we settled for too many perimeter shots in the second and third quarters after they focused on Lexi.
“They pressured people and turned them over in this tournament, but we handled it. We did a great job to get them out of their press.”
Del Norte hit just 25.3 percent from the floor for the game.
After Reddick hit a jumper with 7:38 left in the second quarter for a 16-8 lead, the Nighthawks did not score again until Kaitlin Manuel’s basket with 7:23 to go in the third quarter.
The score was only 20-18 at the point the run started, but the Coyotes pushed the lead to 32-25 at halftime.
“We started off so well,” said Reddick, an all-tournament pick who scored 16 points. “I think we caught them off guard at first. Hey, it’s basketball.
“I’m really surprised more teams don’t use the 1-3-1 because I know we don’t see it very often. We weren’t ready for it in the second quarter.”
Bishop’s 72, Westview 67: Led by Devon Roeper’s 28 points and 19 points and 18 rebounds from Imani Littleton, No. 2-ranked Bishop’s (11-3) outscored No. 10 Westview 43-32 in the second half to clinch the Tournament of Champions 1 Division title.
Littleton was named MVP for the division while Roeper and Sierra Ducey, who scored 10 points, were also named to the all-tournament team along with Olivia Eribeck, who scored 15 points, all in the second half.
Courtney Krysl led Westview (12-3) with 16 points and all-tournament pick Jamie Legaspi added 15 points.
San Marcos 57, Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain 36: Behind a 30-point performance by NAIA Division MVP Jordan Mottershaw and a 21-2 run in the second quarter, the Knights (10-4) won a tournament title for the second straight year.
Red Mountain (10-6) led 15-13 when Mottershaw, who had nine first-quarter points, hit a layup to start the run that put San Marcos in charge at 34-21 at halftime.
The Knights also opened the second half with an 8-0 run.
Cynthia Diaz, who had eight points and six rebounds for San Marcos, also was named to the all-tournament team.