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Serra feeling right at home as No. 1 seed

02/22/2013, 10:57pm PST
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Conquistadors enjoy not traveling as they move into semifinals.

A year ago, Serra High’s girls discovered the downside of being a No. 5 seed, making them appreciate being a No. 1 this season.

“We were on the road the whole playoffs,” said coach Corey Wright, whose team nonetheless captured the San Diego Section Division II title. “We like to give our fans a show, so that’s the biggest advantage of being top-seeded — playing at home.”

Though it took much of the first quarter to really get into Friday night’s Division II quarterfinal contest against El Centro Southwest, by the fourth quarter a running clock was used and both teams were deep into their benches as the Conquistadors (23-6) rolled to a 76-31 victory.

It was Serra’s ninth consecutive win and the Q’s 13th in the last 14 games.

Leading the way were Tylinn Carter and Tiara Griffis, each with 20 points. Both have signed with Delaware State.

Griffis’ points came in the second and third quarter after failing to score in the first eight minutes.

“I was struggling,” said Griffis, who averages 14.6 points a game. “Usually (point guard) Taylor Harris gets me the ball inside, but because they were in a zone, I was having trouble getting into the middle.

“We adjusted and I got aggressive.”

Southwest (22-7) came into the game with a 12-game winning streak but turned the ball over 38 times.

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