With less than three minutes to play, Bishop’s closed to within six points of host La Jolla Country Day and the Knights fans were getting rowdy.
Clearly, it was time for someone to step up if the No. 5 Torreys were going to hold off the No. 3 Knights, and, with three starters on the bench with five fouls, it was obvious who would answer the call.
Kelsey Plum scored nine of her game-high 27 points and freshman Mai-loni Hensen chipped in four to help LJCD pull away Friday for a 62-45 victory.
Plum, who surpassed the 2,000-point mark earlier in the week, also led all rebounders with 17, showing why the University of Washington signee is considered one of the top girls basketball players in the state.
“Bishop’s is a great team and I was guarding (6-foot-3) Imani Littleton, so it wasn’t easy,” said Plum, who hit seven of her nine shots in the second half after making just one of seven in the second quarter.
“My job on this team is to score, but you have give the others credit for getting me the ball. We consider ourselves the underdog in every game.”
Littleton, by the way, finished with just 11 points and six rebounds, well below her average.
Plum now has 2,045 points, 14th on the all-time San Diego Section list.
“I was shocked when Coach (Terri Bamford) told me three games ago,” said Plum. “It’s nice, but you don’t think about that during the game.”
Brianna Yasukochi’s 10 points in the first half helped LJCD (11-10, 5-0) to a 34-24 lead. With Hensen scoring six of her 10 after the break, the Torreys were able to down their Coastal League rivals for the 10th straight time.
Devon Roeper scored 20 for the Knights (16-9, 4-1).